This year has been a very busy one for our Education Committee and the “Let’s Build a School” committee as we move forward with our efforts to bring a tuition-free secondary school to the North Shore.
Schools serve as anchors for communities and enrich the lives of all of their citizens. Everyone in the community benefits from a well-educated population and we are all well-served when we assist the promise of education. As part of our due diligence to achieve the best possible educational opportunity for our students, it has become clear that a public charter school offers the best option to achieve this goal.
A public charter school operates under a state contract with the Hawaii Charter Commission (as opposed to the DOE) which has its own separate funding from the state. Hawaii charter schools have academic independence as well as their own governance structure and offer progressive academic programs for their students. For more information on charter schools in Hawaii, please click here to watch the video.
There are three essential elements for a successful charter school: academic program, facilities, and funding. We are looking at several educational models and are engaged in ongoing conversations with existing charter schools that we believe might offer exciting educational opportunities for our North Shore students.
In an ongoing effort to address all aspects of the due diligence required for opening a tuition-free school, members of the committee continue to meet with numerous individuals who specialize in many different aspects of education and charter schools. We are sensitive to the existing schools and continue to support their efforts while exploring all avenues for a tuition-free high school for our North Shore community.
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