STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1417

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    S.R. No. 48

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.R. No. 48 entitled:

 

"SENATE RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE COMMITTEE ON WEIGHTS AND THE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO CONSIDER THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF REMOTE SCHOOLS WHEN REEVALUATING THE WEIGHTED STUDENT FORMULA,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to request the Committee on Weights and the Board of Education to consider the unique needs of remote schools when reevaluating the weighted student formula.

 

     Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Hawaii State Teachers Association.  Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Education.

 

     Your Committee finds that the weighted student formula, which provides funding on a per pupil basis to each school, does not provide adequate funding for remotely located schools due to small student populations and geographic limitations.  Your Committee believes that these unique needs of remote schools should be considered by the Committee on Weights and the Board of Education when reevaluating the weighted student formula.

 

     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 concurs with the intent and purpose of S.R. No. 48 and recommends its adoption.

 

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

 

 

 

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JILL N. TOKUDA, Chair