STAND. COM. REP. NO. 15
RE: S.B. No. 224
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 S.B. No. 224 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Give a preference to students who live within the service area of a school or who enrolled in the school the previous school year in applying for participation in a career and technical education program offered by that school; and
(2) Establish enrollment in a career and technical education program as a new exception to the requirement to attend school within the service area in which a student resides.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii State Teacher's Association and one individual. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Education.
Your Committee finds that a gap exists between the skills that students in the State have upon graduation from high school and the skills that employers in the State are seeking. Business leaders in Hawaii's expanding industries report that it is often difficult to recruit local applicants who have necessary skills and experiences. Your Committee further finds that educational programs specializing in career readiness and technical skills can be effective in preparing students in Hawaii to enter the State's job market. Educational initiatives at schools within the State have been established to develop students' technical skills and prepare them to enter the workforce. This measure supports those students who want to receive career and technical skills education, which will prepare students to become members of the modern workforce.
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 S.B. No. 224 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Education,
MICHELLE N. KIDANI, Chair