Mandates the Department of Education to provide training for
principals and other members of school/community-based management
councils to promote effective leadership within schools.

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THE SENATE                              S.B. NO.           
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  The purpose of this bill is to require the
 2 department of education to provide support to schools that
 3 participate in the school/community-based management (SCBM)
 4 system for training principals and other members of the school
 5 councils in order to help them provide effective management of
 6 their schools.
 7       When SCBM was passed, the purpose of the initiative was to
 8 encourage decentralized decision-making in the department of
 9 education.  SCBM provides individual schools more control over
10 their programs by allowing schools to request waivers and
11 exemptions from certain board of education rules and policies and
12 collective bargaining contract provisions.  The legislature held
13 that this empowerment would increase accountability at the school
14 level and result in improved student performance.
15      When the legislature considered adopting SCBM, mainland
16 experts who had worked with site-based management systems in a
17 number of other jurisdictions emphasized that in order for the
18 councils to be effective, their members must receive strong 

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 1 support and training.  Comprehensive training has never been
 2 provided to the councils in Hawaii and too often council members
 3 have expressed feelings of powelessness.
 4      In 1998, the legislative auditor evaluated the
 5 implementation of SCBM.  The title of the report, Audit of the
 6 Decentralization Efforts of the Department of Education,
 7 highlighted various problems in decentralizing the education
 8 system, among them the lack of training and support for SCBM
 9 members.
10      SECTION 2. Section 302A-1125 is amended to read as follows:
11      "302A-1125  Educational objectives.  The board shall
12 formulate such policy and exercise such control as may be
13 necessary to define a common set of educational goals that the
14 schools subject to the school/community-based management system
15 shall be responsible for fulfilling. The board shall insure that
16 resources are made available for leadership training for
17 school/community-based management principals and school council
18 members to help them fulfill those responsibilities.  The board
19 shall also be responsible for formulating standards for measuring
20 the efforts of each participating school toward achieving those
21 goals each year.  The participating schools shall be free to use
22 all reasonable means to accomplish those goals with resources
23 available to them."

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 1      SECTION 3.  New statutory material is underscored.
 2      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval. 
 4                           INTRODUCED BY:  _______________________

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