THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

144

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO A SCHOOL SUPPLY SUBSIDY PILOT PROGRAM.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, provides federal financial assistance to local educational agencies and schools with high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure educational success. The legislature further finds that a pilot program to subsidize school supplies for schools composed entirely of students eligible for participation in Title I would be a useful pilot to identify methods for relieving the financial burden of education on low-income families.

As a school composed entirely of students eligible for participation in Title I, the legislature identifies Naalehu elementary school for a pilot program. The legislature further finds that many students who attend Naalehu elementary school live in rural areas across Kaū and experience geographical challenges such as limited opportunities and isolation from educational resources.

The legislature further finds that, based on the school supplies list for the 2021-2022 school year at Naalehu elementary school and the average cost of school supplies at local stores, the cost for school supplies by grade are as follows: grade one, $4,451.58; grade two, $1,605.86; grade three, $3,646.08; grade four, $5,186.94; grade five, $4,913.63; and grade six, $3,969.

The legislature further finds that, despite the current economic situation, Hawaii's schools should focus resources to retaining and developing those qualified teachers, support staff, and administrators who collaborate to create and sustain the successful learning environments necessary to graduate every student.

The purpose of this Act is to establish and make an appropriation for a one-year school supply subsidy pilot program at Naalehu elementary school.

SECTION 2. (a) Beginning with school year 2021-2022, the department of education shall establish and implement a one-year school supply subsidy pilot program at Naalehu elementary school.

(b) The department of education shall submit a report of its findings and recommendations regarding the school supply subsidy pilot program, including any proposed legislation, to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the 2023 regular session.

SECTION 3. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $23,733.09 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2021-2022 to establish and implement a one-year school supply subsidy pilot program at Naalehu elementary school.

The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of education for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2021, and shall be repealed on January 1, 2023.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Department of Education; Pilot Program; School Supplies; Naalehu Elementary School

 

Description:

Establishes and make an appropriation for a one-year school supply subsidy pilot program at Naalehu elementary school.

 

 

 

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