STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1564

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2015

 

RE:   S.B. No. 831

      S.D. 2

      H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

     Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred S.B. No. 831, S.D. 2, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose of this measure is to strengthen the public charter school system in Hawaii by:

 

(1)  Aligning the requirements for start-up and conversion charter schools by, among other things:

 

(A)  Including conversion charter schools within the provisions of section 302D-13, Hawaii Revised Statutes, which relates to the establishment of start-up charter schools; and

 

(B)  Repealing section 302D-14, Hawaii Revised Statutes, which contains the existing provisions on the establishment of conversion charter schools;

 

(2)  With respect to start-up charter schools:

 

(A)  Allowing a student who is currently enrolled in a charter school that has been notified of the prospect of revocation or is closing, to receive first priority to enroll at another charter school to which the student applies or to be placed at the top of the waitlist for enrollment; and

 

(B)  Allowing the start-up charter school to give an enrollment preference through a weighted lottery to educationally disadvantaged students; and

 

(3)  Making housekeeping amendments related to public charter schools.

 

     Two concerned individuals opposed this measure.  The State Public Charter School Commission and Office of Hawaiian Affairs provided comments.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1)  Changing its effective date to July 1, 2030, to facilitate further discussion; and

 

(2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 831, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 831, S.D. 2, H.D. 1.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,

 

 

 

 

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SYLVIA LUKE, Chair