STAND. COM. REP. NO.  217-18


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2018


RE:   H.B. No. 2167

      H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Education, to which was referred H.B. No. 2167 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to appropriate funds for start-up grants to assist pre-opening public charter schools and to require that the State Public Charter School Commission establish grant criteria and guidelines for use of the grant funds.  


     The State Public Charter School Commission, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaii Public Charter Schools Network, Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii Children's Action Network, Volcano School of Arts & Sciences, Project Vision Hawaii, and several individuals testified in support of this measure.  The Hawaii State Teachers Association and IMUAlliance opposed this measure.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Changing its effective date to July 1, 2025; and


     (2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.


     Should the Committee on Finance hear this measure, your Committee respectfully requests that it consider appropriating $3,000,000 for fiscal year 2018-2019 for start-up grants to assist pre-opening public charter schools.


     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. 2167, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2167, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.



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