Bill Text: HI SB535 | 2021 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating To The Hawaii School For The Deaf And Blind.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-01-27 - Referred to EDU, JDC. [SB535 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2021-SB535-Introduced.html

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

535

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to the hawaii school for the deaf and blind.

 

 

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

 


     SECTION 1.  By August 1, 2021, the board of education shall meet with alumni, student, and parent representatives of the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind, other members of the Hawaii deaf community, and representatives of the department of education about progress toward a plan to convert the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind to a charter school and to discuss alternatives, including an immersion school structure.

     SECTION 2.  By October 1, 2021, the department of education, in consultation with alumni, student, and parent representatives of the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind and other members of the Hawaii deaf community, shall:

     (1)  Submit a letter of intent to an authorizer to convert the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind to a charter school;

     (2)  Assist with the establishment of an applicant governing board for the charter school; and

     (3)  Develop a detailed implementation plan to transition the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind to a conversion charter school, as defined in section 302D‑1, Hawaii Revised Statutes.  The plan shall:

          (A)  Comply with requirements for the establishment of a conversion charter school, as detailed in section 302D-13, Hawaii Revised Statutes;

          (B)  Ensure that the school remains on the same property, uses the same facilities, and has access to the same level of funding it has before conversion;

          (C)  Include a timeline for the school's transition to a conversion charter school; and

          (D)  List any additional funding necessary to transition the school to a conversion charter school.

     SECTION 3.  The department of education shall report to the legislature with the transition plan, funding requirements, and any proposed legislation no later than forty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2022.


     SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Department of Education; Hawaii School for Deaf and Blind; Charter Schools; Deaf and Blind Task Force

 

Description:

Requires the department of education to develop a plan to transition the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind to a conversion charter school.

 

 

 

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