He'e Coalition

Policy Meeting Notes: 01/24/12

February 7, 2012 | Filed Under: Education Policy Notes, HE‘E Meeting Notes

 

HE‘E Policy Meeting

January 24, 4:00-6:00pm

The Learning Coalition Office

841 Bishop Street, Ste 301

 

 

Attendees:

 

  1. Patrick Zukemura (FACE)
  2. Cherilyn Inouye (AVID)
  3. Melly Wilson (PREL)
  4. Susan Sato (State Student Council)
  5. PJ Foehr
  6. Melanie Bailey
  7. Pamela Young
  8. Dave Tom
  9. Ku‘ulani Keohokaole (KS)
  10. 10.  Cheri Nakamura (HE‘E)
  11. 11.  Kathy Bryant (HE‘E)

On January 10, Senator Tokuda and Kate Stanley reviewed the issues coming up in the legislative session. Policy Group discussed which issues would take priority.

Topics HE‘E views as top priority

 

1. Junior K

SB2545

Introduced by Senators Tokuda, Chun Oakland, Galuteria, Ige, Kidani, Kim, Kouchi, Nishihara, Slom

Establishes the Executive office on Early Learning. Establishes the Early Learning Advisory Board to replace the Early Learning Council. Repeals junior kindergarten programs at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, requires students to be at least five years of age on July 31 of the school year in order to attend kindergarten. Makes an appropriation to establish the Executive Office on Early Learning.

 

HB1683

Junior Kindergarten

Eliminates junior kindergarten beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. Effective July 1, 2014.

 

2. Instructional Time

HB2007

Instructional Time; Bell Schedules

Requires the Department of Education to devise four bell schedules for each grade level to standardize instructional periods across all schools, with the exception of charter schools and multi-track public schools. Requires each school to choose one of the available bell schedules for each grade level.

 

SB2535

Requires the Department of Education to devise four bell schedules for each grade level to standardize instructional periods across all schools, with the exception of charter schools and multi-track public schools. Requires each school to choose one of the available bell schedules for each grade level.

 

RTTT 1/25 Informational Briefing scheduled at 2:00pm at Conference Room 309. Legislation might develop from this.

(SB2789/HB2527)

 

Next Set of Priorities

 

1. Public School Land Trust

SB2534

 

2. Charter Schools

SB2115

Education; Charter Schools

Establishes a new chapter governing charter schools based on the recommendations of the charter school governance, accountability, and authority task force established by Act 130, Session Laws of Hawaii 2011. Repeals chapter 302B, HRS. Makes housekeeping amendments.

 

HB2010

Education; Charter Schools

Establishes a new chapter governing charter schools based on the recommendations of the charter school governance, accountability, and authority task force established by Act 130, Session Laws of Hawaii 2011. Repeals chapter 302B, HRS. Makes housekeeping amendments

 

3. Bullying

SB2596HB2141

 

Education; Bullying; Safe Schools Act; Cyberbullying; Harassment

Requires the department of education, local school boards of public charter schools, and private schools to maintain, monitor, and enforce anti-bullying, anti-cyberbullying, and anti-harassment policies and procedures to protect students or groups of students from bullying, cyberbullying, and harassment.