STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1350
RE: H.B. No. 936
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2017
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 936 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TEACHER INCENTIVES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to ensure a fair allocation of funds between public schools established and maintained by the Department of Education and public charter schools.
Specifically, the measure:
(1) Prohibits payment of teacher incentive bonuses from a public charter school's facilities funding or per-pupil funds, and requires that beginning with fiscal year 2018-2019, these bonuses be separate line items in the executive budget; and
(2) Appropriates funds to the State Public Charter School Commission for fiscal year 2017-2018 to pay for teacher incentive bonuses.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the State Public Charter School Commission, Hawaii Teacher Standards Board, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaii Public Charter School Network, Hawaii State Teachers Association, and Kamehameha Schools.
The Department of Budget and Finance submitted written comments on the measure.
Your Committee finds that public charter schools pay teacher incentive bonuses from the schools' per-pupil funds, whereas public schools established and maintained by the Department of Education use a designated fund for this purpose.
Your Committee has amended this measure by changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure.
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 H.B. No. 936, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 936, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
JILL N. TOKUDA, Chair