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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.            S.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                                
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                     HOUSE CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

REQUESTING AN ANALYSIS OF CURRENT AND COMPARATIVE PATTERNS OF
   PUBLIC SCHOOL FINANCING.



 1       WHEREAS, proper funding and support for the statewide
 2   school system is essential for:
 3   
 4       (1)  The  State's economic development and well-being;
 5   
 6       (2)  The maintenance of our democratic form of government;
 7            and
 8   
 9       (3)  The overall success and well-being of its citizens; 
10   
11   and
12   
13       WHEREAS, recent statistics suggest that funding of Hawaii's
14   statewide school system may not be adequate to prepare Hawaii's
15   students to meet the challenges of the new millennium; and
16   
17       WHEREAS, in 1997, while in an economic "slump," Hawaii
18   still ranked third among the states in state general revenue
19   per capita, surpassed only by Alaska and Delaware, and second
20   only to Alaska in tax collections per capita; and
21   
22       WHEREAS, the proportion of total direct general
23   expenditures of Hawaii's state and local governments for public
24   K-12 education was 14.3 percent in 1994-1995, placing Hawaii,
25   with respect to fiscal priority given to public education, last
26   among the 50 states; and
27   
28       WHEREAS, Hawaii's public schools are among the largest in
29   the nation, ranking fourth in average size for elementary
30   schools and second in average size for secondary schools; and
31   
32       WHEREAS, Hawaii's chronic under-investment in educational
33   facilities has resulted in a current backlog of $240,000,000 in
34   vital repair and maintenance of school facilities and
35   $1,500,000,000 in new facilities; and
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 1       WHEREAS, past budgetary reductions and restrictions may
 2   have severely reduced the system's capacity to engage in
 3   sustained self-renewal and reform, including the capacity to
 4   maintain and continuously improve the school system's
 5   standards-based and accountability reforms; and
 6   
 7       WHEREAS, over the six-year period 1994-2000, state and
 8   district resources have been cut 39 percent by position count
 9   and 41 percent by fiscal allocation, thus severely diminishing
10   the system's capacity to support schools in a number of
11   instructional and administrative areas; and
12   
13       WHEREAS, it is necessary to review agency funding and
14   questions of adequacy of school system funding to establish
15   sound fiscal policy; now, therefore,
16   
17       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
18   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
19   of 2000, the Senate concurring, that the University of Hawaii
20   is requested to conduct a comprehensive analysis of Hawaii's
21   ability to fund K-12 education, and its historical and its
22   current commitment to doing so, including the identification of
23   potential peer states and districts that share commonalities on
24   key education, demographic, and economic dimensions, such that
25   potential peers can be used for benchmarking and future
26   comparative study; and
27   
28       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the analysis and results of the
29   study include recommended goals for levels of funding that
30   represent adequate funding targets; and
31   
32       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University of Hawaii submit
33   a report of its findings and recommendations to the Legislature
34   not later than twenty days prior to the commencement of the
35   2001 legislative session; and
36   
37       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
38   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Governor, the Chair
39   of the Board of Regents, the Chair of the Board of Education,
40   the President of the University of Hawaii, and the
41   Superintendent of Education.