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Charter school resolves deficiencies
Aug 19, 7:53 AM: A deficiency notice issued to Ka‘u Learning Academy earlier this summer has been resolved, staff at the state’s Public Charter School Commission said last week.
Hawaii Charter School Commission Is Under The Microscope
Aug 17, 7:20 AM: Members of a Hawaii Board of Education committee tasked with investigating the State Public Charter School Commission are recommending a more formal review of the agency’s performance after finding a “pattern of >
‘Blended learning’ growing in popularity
Jul 18, 8:03 AM: The Volcano School of Arts &Sciences, a kindergarten to eighth-grade state public charter school, is adding a “blended learning” pilot program next year.
Lack Of School Facilities ‘Crippling’ Many Charters
May 5, 6:56 AM: It’s the most basic of school needs: a clean, safe space where students can learn. Yet two decades after Hawaii passed its first charter school law, many charter school leaders say finding, maintaining — and paying for — >
Nominees To Charter School Commission Named
Apr 29, 5:41 AM: The head of the Native Hawaiian Education Council and an insurance company executive are among five nominees being considered for positions on the Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission.
Is Hawai‘i’s Charter School Experiment Working?
Apr 21, 6:12 AM: First came the headlines, in 2011: “Audit rips Hawai‘i charter schools,” “Audit finds fraud, overspending,” and “Audit finds ‘little or no oversight’ of charter school spending." >
Will Hawaii’s Teacher Evaluation System Get Scrapped?
Mar 29, 5:55 AM: Union efforts to scale back Hawaii’s high stakes teacher evaluation system appear to be gaining momentum, with the state Senate Education Committee approving a resolution Monday calling on the Board of Education to abolish >
Hawaii’s Public Charter School Movement At A Crossroads
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
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’
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.



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