STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3023
RE: H.B. No. 2352
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Education, to which was referred H.B. No. 2352, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE HAWAII TEACHER STANDARDS BOARD,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Increase membership on the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board to include the chairperson of the Native Hawaiian Education Council and a non-voting public university student teacher; and
(2) Clarify that a permit is required for non-licensed teachers serving in public schools.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Education, University of Hawai‘i System, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawai‘i Teacher Standards Board, Hawai‘i Public Charter School Network, Native Hawaiian Education Council, Kamehameha Schools, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i, and numerous individuals.
Your Committee finds that the addition of a representative from the Native Hawaiian Education Council to the Hawaii Teachers Standards Board will provide insight to teacher preparation and licensure policies that will support Hawaiian education programs incorporating the study of Hawaiian culture, history, and language. Additionally, the inclusion of a non-voting teacher candidate member to the Hawaii Teachers Standards Board will provide feedback from emerging teachers to improve preparation program policies and procedures.
Your Committee further finds that clarifying the existing requirements that public school teachers must have to be eligible to serve as a public school teacher ensures that children are receiving quality education by trained and certified professionals.
Your Committee has amended this measure by making a technical, nonsubstantive amendment for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
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 H.B. No. 2352, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2352, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Education,
MICHELLE N. KIDANI, Chair