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Flash! Press Release from the LWV of Hawaii (BOE)

September 25, 1970:

Education could become a political football of future legislatures if the proposed amendments to Article IX of the State Constitution are passed by the voters of Hawaii on November 3rd. The amendments will authorize each succeeding session of the Legislature to determine the method of selection of Board members and the method of its exercising control over the public school system, through a Superintendent of Education or otherwise, thus creating an unstable climate for education in Hawaii. The scope of the amendments has been clouded by centering discussion around the one-man-one-vote principle. Adequate research should be conducted to solve the problem of apportionment before tampering with the Constitution.

The Hawaii State League of Women Voters urges that the Constitution CONTINUE to guarantee voters the right to know HOW Board of Education members will be selected, WHO will select the Superintendent of Education and DEFINE the Superintendent's working relationship with the Board. The proposed amendments delete all these constitutional guarantees without offering citizens any assurance of what will replace the present structure. If the amendments pass it will no longer be necessary for legislators to come to the voters before making sweeping changes. Therefore, citizens are urged to vote "NO" to both amendments to Article IX.


Here is the form in which the proposed amendments to Article IX will appear on the ballot, November 3rd.

SHALL THE AMENDMENT TO SECTION 2, ARTICLE IX OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII, TO PERMIT THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO DETERMINE THE PERIOD OF SELECTING THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, BE ADOPTED?

(The state Constitution presently requires election of the Board of Education. This amendment would authorize the State Legislature to determine the method of selecting Board of Education members.)

YES NO

SHALL THE AMENDMENT TO SECTION 3, ARTICLE IX, OF THE CONSTITUPION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII, TO DELETE THE PROVISION WHICH REQUIRES THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION BE APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION BE APPROVED?

(The State Constitution presently requires the Board of Education to appoint a Superintendent of Education and to exercise control over the public school system through him. If this amendment is approved, this procedure will no longer be required and the Legislature can provide some other procedure, if it sees fit to do so.)

YES NO


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