STAND. COM. REP. NO. 265-20
RE: H.B. No. 2093
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Lower & Higher Education, to which was referred H.B. No. 2093 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION DATA,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to require the Department of Education to establish a standardized data collection process; collect and analyze data relating to, among other things, student discipline, school climate, and student achievement; and annually report certain information to the Board of Education, Legislature, and the public.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Education, Hawaii State Teachers Association, American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii, American Association of University Women of Hawaii, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, and two individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Hawaii Disability Rights Center.
Your Committee finds that the data collection, analysis, and reporting required by this measure is intended, in part, to preserve protections that may soon be lost if the United States Department of Education acts on its proposal, published on September 19, 2019, in the Federal Register, to cease collecting certain types of data from public schools for the Department's mandatory civil rights data collection.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Increasing the number of students in a particular data subgroup for which the data on that subgroup shall be reported to greater than ten, and when data on that subgroup shall be redacted to ten or fewer;
(2) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2050; and
(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Lower & Higher Education that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2093, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2093, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Lower & Higher Education,
JUSTIN H. WOODSON, Chair