HAWAII STATE CAPITOL Photo: Emily Metcalf
HAWAII STATE CAPITOL Photo: Emily Metcalf

Join us tonight at the capitol to show your opposition to the 21stcentury bills (SB 237 and HB 865.)

When:  Thursday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m.
Where:  The Senate Chambers at the Capitol.

The following petition will be heard tonight to both the Senate and the House of Representatives:

PETITION TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
AND ALL MEMBERS OF THE 2013 HAWAII STATE LEGISLATURE

We, the residents of the State of Hawaii, in the year 2013, petition the Hawaii State Legislature, both the Senate and the House of Representatives, to vote ‘No’ to Senate Bill 237 and House Bill 865, which would allow the lease of public school land to private developers even if the land is currently being used for the education of our keiki.

Of great concern is the fact that these bills will allow the current approval process for leasing public school land to by bypassed, thus creating a fast track process for private developments that may not be beneficial to the public school system, the children, or the community.

Even though the bills were created to raise needed funds for modernizing school facilities, there are better and more efficient ways to raise money for public education than to permanently build high rise buildings or other private developments where school property is currently being utilized for educational purposes.

The unintended consequence of these bills is that schools in the urban core will be targeted where open space is at a premium and where the community most desires to keep public school land exclusively for the use of the children.

This petition will be read on the floor tonight in Senate Chambers.   There are over 500 signatures on the petition!  

Thank you for your support in making this possible.

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. at the Senate chambers at the Capitol to support our effort to keep public school land available for our keiki.

Mahalo,

Liz Larson
Republican House District 22 Chair

Related Articles:

‘Waikiki residents reject possible school closure,’ Star Advertiser:http://www.staradvertiser.com/s?action=login&f=y&id=204645081

‘School land-use bill hits roadblock,’ Star Advertiser: http://www.staradvertiser.com/s?action=login&f=y

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