URGENT SB3071 SCHHA/HOOKULAIWI BILL March 20 Hearing

From: Margaret Maaka
Subject: URGENT SB3071 SCHHA/HOOKULAIWI BILL March 20 Hearing
Date: Friday, March 16, 2012, 3:51 PM

URGENT

Aloha mai kakou:
Our SCHHA/Hookulaiwi SB3071, SD2 (HSCR103-12) (requesting appropriation to acquire faculty positions and operations monies for the University of Hawaii Hookulaiwi Center for Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education to deliver critically needed teacher education/education programs to Hawaiian homestead communities of highest need—beginning with Molokai and Maui) is scheduled to be heard by the House Committee on Higher Education.

DATE: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
ROOM: Conference Room 309

Please see below for sample testimony.

FOLKS–lets keep the excellent momentum going. We need as many people as possible to send testimony. If you are able to attend the meeting, even better.

  • Annie–would you please send this out to the SCHHA network
  • Kilia–would you please send out to Molokai folks
  • Kimo K–please rally the Nanakuli folk
  • Hookulaiwi team–please keep up the excellent work

Mahalo,
Margie
Co-Chair, SCHHA Committee on Education
Director, Hoʻokulāiwi

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SAMPLE TESTIMONY

To: HEDtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov
March 20, 2012
Aloha mai Representative Nishimoto (Chair), Representative Nakashima (Vice Chair) and Members of the House Committee on Higher Education:

I write in very VERY STRONG SUPPORT of SB3071 to appropriate funds for three permanent positions and operating expenses for Hookulaiwi: Aha Hoonaauao Oiwi (the Center for Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education) within the University of Hawaii.

In keeping with the educational priorities of the Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly (SCHHA), the primary purpose for this appropriation is to acquire faculty positions and operations monies for the UHM Hookulaiwi in order to deliver critically needed teacher education/education programs in Hawaiian homestead communities of highest need—beginning with Molokai and Maui. The appropriation will also be used to support existing initiatives in Nanakuli/Waianae. The plan is to extend to other Hawaiian communities state-wide in the near future.

Please note that this is a Native Hawaiian community-driven bill. It has been introduced BY community, FOR community—in partnership with the University of Hawaii Hookulaiwi Center for Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Education. While Hookulaiwi is housed, in part, in the UHM College of Education, it is a Hawaiian community initiative in every sense of the word.

I believe our SCHHA/Hookulaiwi Partnership is the first step in bringing about systemic reform to public education in Hawaii that will provide enhanced educational opportunities for Native Hawaiians. That the community is central to this initiative—in the conceptualization, planning, implementation, and assessment—brings a “never-before-attempted” element to educational reform in Hawaii. Our goal is to make significant progress in addressing the critical need to prepare;

  • teachers for Hawaii DOE Title I schools with large numbers of Hawaiian children
  • teachers for the Hawaii DOE Hawaiian Language Immersion Program
  • teachers for Hawaiian charter schools, and
  • Native Hawaiian educational leaders in areas such as curriculum research, school administration, and teacher education through study at the master’s and doctoral levels.

Hawaiian children, particularly in homestead communities, deserve the best education possible–they are long overdue to receive this basic right! with this in mind, I ask that you give your VERY STRONGEST SUPPORT to our community-driven SB3071 by PASSING IT. MAHALO NUI.

Name:

Address:

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MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION

Should you wish to write to members of the committee and Speaker Say, please see below for their email addresses.

House Committee on Higher Education:
repnishimoto@Capitol.hawaii.gov
repnakashima@capitol.hawaii.gov
repaquino@capitol.hawaii.gov
repawana@Capitol.hawaii.gov
repbelatti@Capitol.hawaii.gov
repchang@Capitol.hawaii.gov
rephanohano@Capitol.hawaii.gov
repmizuno@Capitol.hawaii.gov
repsaiki@Capitol.hawaii.gov
reptakai@Capitol.hawaii.gov
reptakumi@Capitol.hawaii.gov
repwooley@capitol.hawaii.gov
repching@Capitol.hawaii.gov
repjohanson@capitol.hawaii.gov
repsay@Capitol.hawaii.gov
repcarroll@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Here is a link to the bill status:

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