Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    S.B. No. 822

       S.D. 1




Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 822, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to address student instructional hours in Hawaii's public schools.


     More specifically, the measure:


     (1)  Replaces the term "student instructional hours" with "student hours" and requires the Board of Education, in consultation with the exclusive representatives of the appropriate bargaining units, to define student hours;


     (2)  Delays the implementation of the nine hundred ninety student hour school year in all public secondary schools, excluding charter schools and multi-track public schools, from the 2014-2016 school years to the 2015-2016 school year; and


     (3)  Repeals the requirement that the Department of Education submit a plan to the Legislature to implement a school year of one hundred ninety days, including 1,140 student instructional hours.


     Written comments in support of this measure were submitted by the HEE Coalition and seven individuals.  Written comments in opposition to this measure were submitted by the Hawaii State AFL-CIO and one individual.  Written comments on this measure were submitted by two individuals.


     Your Committee finds that public schools have struggled to meet the existing instructional hours requirement, as set forth in Act 167, Session Laws of Hawaii 2010, and that more flexibility is needed to comply with its provisions.  Your Committee believes that authorizing the Board of Education, in consultation with the affected bargaining units, to define student hours will provide public schools with greater flexibility to determine a schedule that is most conducive to achieving student success and increasing access to those opportunities where students learn best.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 822, S.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,