Hawaii State Funding for Private Early Childhood Education Programs (2014)
|State Funding for Private Early Childhoo Education Programs|
|Constitution:||Article X, section 1|
|Referred by:||Hawaii Legislature|
The Hawaii State Funding for Private Early Childhood Education Programs, SB 1084 is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Hawaii as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would allow the appropriation of public funds for private early childhood education programs.
Text of the measure
The text that will appear on the ballot is as follows:
This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
Shall the appropriation of public funds be permitted for the support or benefit of private early childhood education programs, as provided by law, to help the State meet its goal of providing an early learning system for the children of Hawaii?"
- Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D)
- Sen. Donna Mercado Kim (D-14)
- Sen. Jill Tokuda (D-24)
- Rep. Roy Takumi (D-35)
- Rep. Chris Lee (D-51)
- Rep. Takashi Ohno (D-27)
- State Representative Roy Takumi (D-35) noted, "If you or a loved one have had the benefit of a preschool education, it was because a private provider gave it to you. For decades, they have shouldered the burden and responsibility of educating our youngest children alone. This constitutional amendment would allow government to step up to the plate and partner with the private sector as we seek to prepare our children to succeed in both school and life."
- State Senator Samuel Slom said, "This is not about education. This is about funding a subsidy.”
- Alan Isbell, Waiuku Elementary School Teacher and HSTA representative, argued, “Most public school teachers wholeheartedly support early childhood education, but not for private schools funded by taxpayers. The Hawaii State Teachers Association [is]… unequivocally opposed to any privatization or subcontracting that has the potential to reduce the resources that otherwise would be available to achieve and/or maintain quality public education, or the potential to otherwise negatively affect public education. Such privatization also would allow public funds to be used for religious education or other religious purposes, weakening the wall between church and state.”
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the Hawaii Constitution
State Senator Donna Mercado Kim (D-14) introduced a bill to the legislature to alter the constitution and put the measure before voters on January 24, 2013. The bill was approved through a two-thirds vote in both legislative chambers. SB 1084 was approved by the Hawaii Senate and Hawaii House of Representatives on April 30, 2013.
April 30, 2013 Senate vote
|Hawaii SB 1084 Senate Vote|
April 30, 2013 House vote
|Hawaii SB 1084 Senate Vote|
- Hawaii State Legislature, "SB1084 SD1 HD1 CD1", accessed January 16, 2014
- Honolulu Civil Beat, "Voters To Decide If Hawaii Can Use Public Money For Private Preschool", May 1, 2013
- Honolulu Civil Beat, "What Hawaii's Legislature Has in Store for Education", January 10, 2014
- Hawaii State Teachers Association, "What one teachers says about preschool vouchers and public education", March 8, 2013
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