CHARTER SCHOOL GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Charter schools have become a visible and important component of the education system in Hawaii. It is imperative to clarify the duties and responsibilities of the Charter School Review Panel and the local school boards to ensure that all charter schools are using state dollars effectively and transparently while still keeping their identify and meeting their educational goals.
The Legislature passed SB1174, which requires local school boards to have oversight over charter schools. This bill also tasks the Charter School Review Panel with ensuring that local school boards are fulfilling their oversight responsibilities. Senator Kidani pushed for more accountability of charter schools as a result of impropriety uncovered by the Myron B. Thompson schools. The Charter School Review Panel will now have the power to conduct special monitoring of and temporarily withhold an allocation from a charter school for noncompliance issues.