Amends powers of STW Executive Council; administratively places
Council within UH; appropriates funds for Council.

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TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  Act 343, Session Laws of Hawaii 1997, is amended
 2 by amending section 1 to read as follows:
 3      "SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that Hawaii and the rest
 4 of the states are undertaking a major initiative that involves
 5 reforming education, developing its workforce, and stimulating
 6 economic development.  The states are attempting to create a
 7 school-to-work system that all major industrialized countries
 8 have in place except for the United States.  To help accomplish
 9 this, Congress enacted the School-to-Work Opportunities Act of
10 1994, P.L. 103-239.  Hawaii will [receive $10,200,000 over a
11 five-year period to build] have received by September 2000
12 $10,625,000 to assist in building a school-to-work system.
13      Building a school-to-work [opportunities] system is a
14 difficult and enormous undertaking.  It requires systemic change
15 and involvement of all segments of the community in the effort,
16 particularly business, industry, and labor.  Moreover, it must
17 involve all of education from kindergarten [to] through
18 postsecondary education, all academic and vocational disciplines,
19 and all students.

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 1      Building a school-to-work system requires time.  The School-
 2 to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994, P.L. 103-239, provided five
 3 years of "seed" money to begin the process.  It is recognized
 4 that five years is not enough time to bring about the systemic
 5 changes that need to occur.  If school-to-work is to continue,
 6 then it must receive support from state and local entities.
 7      The purpose of this Act is to [establish] continue the
 8 development of a school-to-work [opportunities] system in Hawaii,
 9 including the mechanism for governance, management, and
10 distribution of federal and state resources."
11      SECTION 2.  Act 343, Session Laws of Hawaii 1997, is amended
12 by amending section 2 to read as follows:
13      "SECTION 2.  Chapter 302A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
14 amended by adding a new part to be appropriately designated and
15 to read as follows:
17      302A-   Hawaii school-to-work [opportunities] executive
18 council; establishment; composition.(a)  There is established a
19 Hawaii school-to-work [opportunities] executive council.  The
20 members of the council shall be appointed by the governor.  The
21 council shall consist of up to, but not more than, twenty-one
22 members.  Council membership shall consist of six executive heads

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 1 of state agencies, the superintendent of [the department of]
 2 education, the president of the University of Hawaii, the state
 3 director [of vocational] for career and technical education, and
 4 the directors of the departments of business, economic
 5 development, and tourism, [human services,] human resources
 6 development, and labor and industrial relations, serving as ex
 7 officio voting members[.  Representatives from local or regional
 8 partnerships, a]; a member of the board of education designated
 9 by the chairperson of the board of education, and a member of the
10 board of regents of the University of Hawaii designated by the
11 chair of the board of regents.  A student member[,] and a voting
12 majority representing business, industry, labor, and community
13 organizations which include regional representations from all
14 counties shall be appointed pursuant to section 26-34.
15      The length of service for the directors of departments of
16 the State represented on the council shall be limited to the
17 terms of their cabinet appointments[.], the terms of the
18 superintendent of education, the president of the University of
19 Hawaii, and the state director for career and technical education
20 shall be limited to their terms of office.  The terms of the
21 board of education and board of regents members shall be at the
22 discretion of the chairs of the respective boards.  The terms of

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 1 all non-state agency head members shall be for three years,
 2 commencing on July 1 of the first year and ending on June 30, of
 3 the third year.  Terms shall be staggered with one-third of the
 4 members being appointed in each fiscal year.
 5      (b)  Vacancies shall be filled by the governor for the
 6 unexpired term.  The governor shall appoint as chairperson of the
 7 council a member other than a state agency head or a board of
 8 education or board of regents member who shall be recommended by
 9 the council.
10      (c)  The council members shall serve without pay but shall
11 be entitled to their traveling expenses within the State when
12 attending meetings of the council or when actually engaged in
13 business relating to the work of the council.
14      302A-   Powers of the council.  The powers of the Hawaii
15 school-to-work [opportunities] executive council shall include,
16 but not be limited to:
17      (1)  Establishing and setting the general directions and
18           policy for the Hawaii school-to-work [opportunities]
19           system[,] and its council[, and executive director];
20      (2)  [Appointing, supervising, and if necessary, discharging
21           the executive director, not subject to chapters 76 and
22           77;] Contracting with another state entity for its

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 1           administrative functions;
 2      (3)  Establishing rules and procedures regarding its
 3           membership and operations;
 4      (4)  Receiving federal, state, and private resources;
 5     [(4)] (5)  Approving expenditure plans and award
 6           grants/contracts;
 7     [(5)] (6)  Ratifying the establishment of all necessary
 8           standing and ad hoc committees; and
 9     [(6)] (7)  Engaging in such activities as may be necessary or
10           desirable to implement the functions of the School-to-
11           Work Opportunities Act of 1994, and of the council or
12           through delegation to [the executive director.] its
13           administrative contractor.
14      [302A-   Staff.  The Hawaii school-to-work opportunities
15 executive council may appoint such staff as deemed necessary, not
16 subject to chapters 76 and 77, to carry out its functions and
17 duties.  The staff of the council shall report to the executive
18 director.]
19      302A-   Contracts.  The Hawaii school-to-work
20 [opportunities] executive council [or its executive director] may
21 make, execute, enter into, amend, supplement, and carry out
22 contracts, and all other instruments the council finds are

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 1 necessary or convenient for the fulfillment of its functions and
 2 duties.
 3      302A-   Organizational relationships.  The Hawaii school-
 4 to-work [opportunities] executive council shall act as the
 5 governing board for the school-to-work system.  The Hawaii
 6 school-to-work [opportunities] council [and staff] shall be
 7 placed within the [department of education] University of Hawaii
 8 for administrative purposes.""
 9      SECTION 3.  There is appropriated out of the general
10 revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $200,000, or so much
11 thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2000-2001, to provide
12 funds for the Hawaii school-to-work executive council.  The funds
13 may be used to establish contracts to carry out the council's
14 responsibilities relating to school-based learning, work-based
15 learning, evaluation, and fiscal accounting and administration.
16 The sum appropriated shall be expended by the University of
17 Hawaii for the purposes of this Act.
18      SECTION 4.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
19 New statutory material is underscored.
20      SECTION 5.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2000.
22                       INTRODUCED BY:  ___________________________