Amends powers of School-to-Work Executive Council; appropriates
funds for Council.  (SB2469 HD1)

THE SENATE                              S.B. NO.           S.D. 2
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                H.D. 1
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.  Five years is not
 4 enough time to bring about the systemic changes that need to
 5 occur.  If school-to-work is to continue, then it must receive
 6 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
23 of state agencies, the superintendent of [the department of]

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 1 education, the president of the University of Hawaii, the state
 2 director [of vocational] for career and technical education, and
 3 the directors of the departments of business, economic
 4 development, and tourism, human services, and labor and
 5 industrial relations, serving as ex officio voting members[.
 6 Representatives from local or regional partnerships, a]; a member
 7 of the board of education designated by the chairperson of the
 8 board of education, and a member of the board of regents of the
 9 University of Hawaii designated by the chair of the board of
10 regents.  A student member[,] and a voting majority representing
11 business, industry, labor, and community organizations which
12 include regional representations from all counties shall be
13 appointed pursuant to section 26-34.
14      The length of service for the directors of departments of
15 the State represented on the council shall be limited to the
16 terms of their cabinet appointments[.], the terms of the
17 superintendent of education, the president of the University of
18 Hawaii, and the state director for career and technical education
19 shall be limited to their terms of office.  The terms of the
20 board of education and board of regents members shall be at the
21 discretion of the chairs of the respective boards.  The terms of
22 all non-state agency head members shall be for three years,
23 commencing on July 1 of the first year and ending on June 30, of

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

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

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 1 [governing] advocacy board for the school-to-work system.  The
 2 Hawaii school-to-work [opportunities] council [and staff] shall
 3 be placed within the department of education for administrative
 4 purposes.""
 5      SECTION 3.  There is appropriated out of the general
 6 revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $1 or so much thereof
 7 as may be necessary for fiscal year 2000-2001 to provide funds
 8 for the Hawaii school-to-work executive council.  The funds may
 9 be used to carry out the council's responsibilities relating to
10 school-based learning, work-based learning, evaluation, and
11 fiscal accounting and administration.  
12      The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of
13 education for the purposes of this Act.
14      SECTION 4.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
15 New statutory material is underscored.
16      SECTION 5.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2000.