Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2021


RE:   H.B. No. 619

      H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Education, to which was referred H.B. No. 619 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to:


     (1)  Require public school students to complete a course in ethnic studies, beginning with public school students graduating at the end of the 2029-2030 school year; and


     (2)  Require the Superintendent of Education to develop, adopt, modify, or revise a model curriculum in ethnic studies, circulate the curriculum for public comment, and obtain approval of the curriculum from the Board of Education.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from three individuals.  Your Committee received testimony in support of the intent of this measure from the Department of Education.


     Your Committee finds that education is a powerful tool that can empower communities to remedy societal ills, such as racism, gender inequity, and discrimination, and can contribute to the development of civically- and critically-minded citizens.  Your Committee further finds that ethnic studies promotes perspective-based learning and critical reading skills, which have the power to increase student involvement, reading comprehension, and standardized test scores and to decrease dropout rates.  This measure will integrate ethnic studies into the public school education curriculum and prepare students to engage in the advancement of a more equal society.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Changing its effective date to July 1, 2050; and


     (2)  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 Education that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 619, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 619, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.



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