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Feb 8

Support for HB 1222 – The House Companion Bill for SB242

February 8, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Last week, with your help, SB242 passed the Senate Education Committee. HB 1222 is the House Companion Bill asking for the same CS Education as SB242. We need it to pass also. If you wrote testimony for SB242, you can resubmit it for HB 1222, just make sure to change the date, bill number, and committee.

Testimony is due by Monday, Feb 8, at 2pm

Click Here to Submit Testimony Online

Click Here for Sample Testimony

For the first time, community members will be able to submit written testimony and speak at the hearing via Zoom. Learn how to do both through this tutorial.

What HB1222 Addresses

The bill requires computer science courses to be offered at the elementary and middle school levels, improves data collection and reporting, and creates a special fund to improve public-private partnerships to promote career readiness.

Background / Talking Points

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the need to diversify Hawaii’s economy and ensure students are equipped with skills to thrive in high-wage, high-growth industries here in the state.

Hawaii has made great progress since the passage of Act 51 in 2018 with expanding computer science at the high school level. Given that early exposure at the elementary and middle schools levels to these skills is incredibly important, especially for underrepresented students, SB242 is laser-focused on these foundational grades.

SB242 promotes equity and access by providing better data on which students are included or excluded in computer science courses.

Quality work-based learning and career readiness experiences are critical for ensuring students actually can and want to enter computer science fields.

SB242 makes it easier for industry partners to support our students and schools financially.


February 8, 2021
8:00 am - 2:00 pm