STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1792
RE: H.C.R. No. 178
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Education, to which was referred H.C.R. No. 178 entitled:
"HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO PROVIDE FREE MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS TO STUDENTS ON ALL HAWAII PUBLIC SCHOOL CAMPUSES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to request the Department of Education to provide free menstrual products to students on all Hawaii public school campuses.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the American Association of University Women of Hawaii, Hawai‘i State Commission on the Status of Women, and six individuals.
Prior to the hearing on this measure, your Committee posted and made available for public review a proposed S.D. 1, which deletes the contents of the measure and inserts language to request the convening of a working group to discuss the role of the authorizer, its relationship with charter schools, the accountability for the use of public funds, and whether legislation is required to effectuate any desired changes.
Your Committee received testimony in support of the proposed S.D. 1 from the State Public Charter School Commission.
Your Committee finds that the Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission has faced questions on the role of the authorizer and its relationship with charter schools. There is a need to clarify the purpose and intent of charter school authorizers. Your Committee also notes that the need for transparency and accountability for the use of public funds must be balanced with the authority for the charter school to educate our keiki. This measure will convene a Charter School Authorizers Working Group to address these problems.
Your Committee has amended this measure by adopting the proposed SD1.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Education that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.C.R. No. 178, as amended herein, and recommends its adoption in the form attached hereto as H.C.R. No. 178, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Education,
MICHELLE N. KIDANI, Chair