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Hawaii’s Public Charter School Movement At A Crossroads
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Mar 8, 7:18 AM: Getting approval to open a new charter school in Hawaii is no easy feat. Just ask Sheila Buyukacar, the lead applicant for The IMAG Academy — one of seven proposed new schools with applications before the Hawaii State >
Head of Hawaii charter schools commission resigns
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Feb 15, 6:36 AM: Three years after taking the helm, the state's first executive director of public charter schools has announced his resignation. Tom Hutton is stepping down amid growing criticism from school leaders who were unhappy with >
Hawaii’s Charter School Overseers Are Feeling ‘Under Assault’
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Feb 12, 7:37 AM: A rift between charter school leaders and the state agency that oversees them is illuminating longstanding misunderstandings — perhaps even fundamental disagreements — about the direction of the charter school movement in >
Charter School Oversight Is An Increasingly Contentious Issue
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Jan 19, 9:01 AM: The list of entities interested in becoming charter school authorizers in Hawaii is growing, as the state Board of Education prepares to weigh in on the increasingly contentious relationship between charter schools and the >
Hawaii's charter schools face new contract renewal criteria
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Sep 23, 6:20 AM: For the first time, Hawaii's public charter schools must make the grade or risk possibly not having their contract renewed. Preliminary numbers based on the first year of data show that some campuses could face closure if >
iLEAD denied second time
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Sep 4, 7:24 AM: A California-based charter school’s application to establish a branch on Kauai was recently denied by the Hawaii State Charter School Commission.
Hawaii’s Charter Schools Must Adhere to Federal Law on Prayers
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Jul 8, 7:20 AM: Some schools may be flouting the constitutional mandate for separation of church and state. The Charter Schools Commission needs to stand up for compliance.
Charter School Closure Could Leave Taxpayers on the Hook for Debts
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Jun 23, 7:56 AM: Closure of Halau Lokahi could lead to legislative changes, and is proving to be a learning moment for the 3-year-old Charter School Commission.
Back to class for Hawaii's blended schools
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Jan 20, 7:53 AM: There are 5,385 home-schooled students in the state, a small number compared to the 180,895 public school students. But that larger number also includes the more than 1,000 students who attend the Hawaii Technology >
Hopes still high for charter school
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Jan 15, 6:58 AM: When the state public charter school commission turned down her request last year to establish a charter school on Kauai, Deena Fontana Moraes was disappointed. But not deterred.
Charter school fights decision by state panel to nix contract
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Jan 14, 8:29 AM: The troubled Kalihi charter school facing closure by the Public Charter School Commission says it will challenge the decision to revoke its charter contract amid financial and operational problems.
Taxpayers will likely pay for troubled charter school’s debt
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Jan 12, 8:21 AM: Some of the debt that a troubled Kalihi charter school racked up will likely fall on the shoulders of taxpayers.
Charter school commission takes first step to close Halau Lokahi
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Jan 9, 7:14 AM: A troubled charter school in Kalihi is losing its funding and could soon be no more. The State Public Charter School Commission made the decision about Halau Lokahi late Thursday afternoon.
Aiona, Ige largely like-minded on needed education reform
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Oct 3, 7:15 AM:

Hawaii is the only state that isn’t broken up by multiple school districts. That means Hawaii — whose population of roughly 1.4 million people makes it the 11th smallest state —  actually encompasses one of the largest >

Aiona, Ige largely like-minded on needed education reform
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Oct 3, 7:15 AM:

Hawaii is the only state that isn’t broken up by multiple school districts. That means Hawaii — whose population of roughly 1.4 million people makes it the 11th smallest state —  actually encompasses one of the largest >

Public school chronic absenteeism drops by 39%
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Aug 26, 5:31 AM: Hawaii's public elementary schools have made significant headway in reducing the number of students chronically absent, a strong predictor of academic success, according to the Hawaii State Department of Education 2013-14 >
DOE says nearly all evaluated teachers rate high
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Aug 20, 5:57 AM: Roughly 98 percent of Hawaii public school teachers were rated as either highly effective or effective in their jobs for the 2013-14 academic year, under the state's new teacher evaluation system, according to data >
Struggling charter school rallies for funding at State Capitol
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Jul 29, 6:05 AM: Students, teachers and parents gathered outside the State Capitol Monday to rally in support of an embattled charter school.
Teacher Morale Emerges as an Issue in the Governor’s Race
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Jun 27, 6:34 AM:

Governor candidates are cautious that recent changes in HI teacher evaluation system will be used as political leverage in upcoming race.  Analysis on surprising shift in poll numbers provides evidence for lack of >

Teachers support charter school despite severe budget issues
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Jun 12, 5:15 AM: Money problems at Halau Lokahi Charter School could force it to shut down, but teachers say that’s a short-sighted solution.

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