STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1113


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2015


RE:   S.B. No. 831

      S.D. 2





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii




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




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.


     The State Public Charter School Commission supported the measure.  A concerned individual testified in opposition.  Kanu O Ka Aina Learning Ohana submitted comments.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Education that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 831, S.D. 2, and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Finance.



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