THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO COMPUTER SCIENCE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. (a) The department of education shall establish a program and work with eligible entities to develop and implement teacher professional development for the required computer science courses and content.
For the purposes of this Act, "eligible entities" shall include:
(1) A local educational agency, or a consortium of local educational agencies in the State, including public charter organizations; and
(2) High-quality computer science professional learning providers, including institutions of higher education in the State, non-profits, or private entities working in partnership with local education agencies.
(b) Funding provided to the department of education for the professional development program established pursuant to subsection (a) shall be used for:
(1) High-quality professional learning for K-12 computer science content (including travel workshops);
(2) Credentialing for K-12 computer science teachers (including CTE and academic supplemental endorsements);
(3) Supporting K-12 computer science professional learning, including mentoring and coaching;
(4) Creating resources to support implementation; and
(5) Student recruitment.
(c) The department of education shall develop an application to be submitted by the eligible entity as a condition of receiving funds under this Act that shall include at a minimum how the eligible entity will:
(1) Reach new and existing teachers with little to no computer science background;
(2) Use research or evidence-based practices for high-quality professional development;
(3) Focus the professional learning on the conceptual foundations of computer science;
(4) Reach and support historically underrepresented students in computer science;
(5) Provide teachers with concrete experience with hands-on, inquiry-based practices;
(6) Accommodate the particular teacher and student needs in each complex area and school; and
(7) Ensure that participating schools or complex areas shall begin offering the courses or content within the same or next school year after the teacher receives the professional learning.
(d) The department of education shall prioritize the following applications:
(1) Local education agencies that are working in partnership with providers of high-quality professional learning for K-12 computer science;
(2) Proposals that describe strategies to enroll females and underrepresented minorities, students on free and reduced lunch, students with disabilities, and English language learners; and
(3) Proposals from rural or urban areas with a low concentration of K-12 computer science offerings, including local education agencies that partner together to form clusters of implementation.
(e) The eligible entity that receives an award pursuant to this Act shall make an annual public report that at minimum includes:
(1) The number of teachers prepared;
(2) The number of students reached;
(3) The gender, racial, and socioeconomic diversity of those students;
(4) The number and diversity of students with passing advanced placement exam scores for high school advanced placement courses once that data is available; and
(5) The number of teachers that started implementing computer science in middle school and high school versus the number of prepared teachers that attended professional learning.
SECTION 2. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the purposes of establishing a program to develop and implement teacher professional development for computer science courses and content.
The sums appropriated shall be expended by the department of education for the purposes of this Act.
SECTION 3. Funds appropriated pursuant to this Act but not expended shall revert to the credit of the general fund.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2052.
DOE; Computer Science; Professional Development; Appropriation
Appropriates funds to the Department of Education to establish a program with eligible entities to develop and implement teacher professional development for computer science courses and content. (SB970 HD1)
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