President's Message (Jean Aoki)
Tom Grey of NCALG Coming to Hawaii
Education Committee Report
State Board Actions
League Local News - Hawaii County
League Local News - Honolulu
League Local News - Kauai
National Domestic Violence Conference (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Cindy Spencer Receives Unsung Hero Award '97
Reflections on Hawaii (Mary Anne Raywid)
Making Democracy Work Campaign Finance Reform (Toni Worst)
New York State Con Con Vote
Meet Your Board
Charter Schools (insert)
Hawaii's Bill of Rights (insert) (Ann Feder Lee)
Self-Government for Public Schools in Hawaii
What is a Charter School?
A Charter school is a public school that has been granted a charter to operate independently in matters of budget, curriculum and staff. It is responsible to one of the public agencies authorized in legislation to establish charter schools.
A Charter School:
A Charter School must be organized and operated by some state-approved agency: the University, perhaps, or a community group, or a group of teachers, parents or community members.
There is more than one charter-granting agency, so prospective charter schools could approach the Board of Education - or, perhaps, e.g. the county government, or possibly a special charter school commission - to obtain a charter. There is more than just one authorizing body.
There are now 700 charter schools operating
A Charter School has the enormous advantage of controlling the decisions critical to the success of its educational program. Good enabling legislation bestows on each charter school the following