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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Finnegan encouraged by veto: HB2377 fragmented education leadership
By News Release @ 12:23 AM :: 4461 Views :: Energy, Environment


HONOLULU - House Minority Leader and Republican candidate for Lt. Governor, Lynn Finnegan, issued the following statement regarding Governor Lingle's decision to veto HB2377, which would have established an advisory committee to select individuals for future governors to consider naming to the Board of Education:

“I am very encouraged by the Governor’s veto of HB2377, a bill that would have forced future governors to nominate individuals for the Board of Education from a list submitted by an advisory committee. 

“This bill served only to further fragment the leadership and accountability in Hawai‘i’s education system.  As I have stated for years, much of Hawai‘i’s public education challenges arise because there is no clear line of accountability between the Board of Education, the governor and the legislature. 

“It is important to note that I am supportive of the constitutional amendment that would make the Board of Education a governor-appointed board.  Placing this responsibility in the hands of our future governors will make our state’s elected executive accountable for education performance. However, with the proposed advisory council structure of HB2377, we would have been left with the same status quo, a system of shared responsibility and no full accountability.

“As Lt. Governor, my focus will be to ensure Hawai‘i’s public education is focused on its first customer, the students.  I also plan to serve as the liaison for the education community - parents, teachers, principals and students - to the Governor and the Legislature.  Linking the desires and needs of these groups with the realities of the state is a critical component to success.”

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HONOLULU -- Hawaii State Board of Education Chairman Garrett Toguchi released the following statement today regarding Governor Lingle’s decision to veto Senate Bill 2434, which would have given the Board more flexibility to compensate effective school superintendents.

"Governor Lingle's veto of SB2434 shortchanges Hawaii's students as it jeopardizes the state's ability to attract and recruit highly qualified superintendents to lead our public schools.

"Salaries for school superintendents continue to increase across the country while Hawaii law capped its superintendent's pay at $150,000 ten years ago. In 2008, superintendents in large urban districts on the mainland received $228,000 on average in base pay.

"I urge the Legislature to override Governor Lingle's veto of SB2434."



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