STAND. COM. REP. NO. 824
RE: S.B. No. 831
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. 831, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to align the requirements for start-up and conversion charter schools.
Specifically, this measure:
(1) Includes conversion charter schools within the provisions of section 302D-13, Hawaii Revised Statutes, which relates to the establishment of start-up charter schools;
(2) Repeals section 302D-14, Hawaii Revised Statutes, which contains the existing provisions on the establishment of conversion charter schools; and
(3) Makes housekeeping amendments relating to public charter schools.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the State Public Charter School Commission and one individual.
Your Committee finds that public charter schools provide new approaches to education that accommodate the individual needs of students and create opportunities for communities to implement innovative models of community-based education. Your Committee believes that by aligning the requirements for start-up and conversion charter schools, as well as making other housekeeping amendments, this measure will improve and strengthen Hawaii's public charter school system.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Making a conforming amendment to section 302D-26(e), Hawaii Revised Statutes; and
(2) Making technical nonsubstantive changes for purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
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. 831, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 831, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
JILL N. TOKUDA, Chair