Education Committees to Hear Progress of Charter School System Overhaul

Honolulu – The Senate and House Committees on Education will be holding an informational briefing to receive an update on the progress of implementing Act 130 (Senate Bill 2115 CD1), Relating to Charter Schools.  Act 130, SLH 2012, establishes clear lines of authority and clarifies the relationships, responsibilities, and lines of accountability among stakeholders of Hawaii’s Charter School System.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 18 at 2 p.m. in the State Capitol’s Conference Room 309. 

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) will be here to provide updates and the following individuals will be presenting to the committee:

  • William Haft, Vice President of Authorizer Development
  • Whitney Spalding-Spencer, Director of Authorizer Development

“Last session the Legislature completely recodified our charter school laws to ensure both accountability and autonomy with the overall goal being increased student success. This will be a good opportunity to gauge the progress of the implementation and transition work and what further reforms, if any, are needed,” said Sen. Jill Tokuda, chair of the Senate Committee on Education.

No public testimony will be accepted.

Senator Jill Tokuda Discusses Charter School Bills

On February 1, 2012, the Senate Committee on Education heard two bills relating to the State of Hawaii’s Charter School systems, Senate Bill 2115 and Senate Bill 2116. Following yesterday’s hearing Senate Committee on Education Chair Jill Tokuda gave an overview of the bills.

Senate Bill 2115 is a comprehensive bill which establishes a new chapter governing charter schools based on CSGTF’s recommendations. Senate Bill 2116 focuses on the implementation and transition of the measures included in Senate Bill 2115.

The two bills are a direct result of the Charter School Governance, Accountability, and Authority Task Force (CSGTF) which was Co-Chaired by Senator Jill Tokuda and Representative Della Au Belatti.

CSGTF was established under Senate Bill 1174 (Act 130). The bill was introduced to address several issues brought to surface relating charter schools. Act 130 established a task force that sought accountability among stakeholders of the charter school system. Objectives of the Task Force were to develop legislation or administrative rules on the governance structure of charter schools, identify oversight and monitoring responsibilities of the charter school review panel, and discuss funding related issues

The committee will be voting on Senate Draft 1 of the bills on Monday February 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm in room 225.

To view video click here.

Charter School Governance, Accountability, & Authority Task Force

The Charter School Governance, Accountability, and Authority Task Force (CSGTF) held its final meeting on December 7, 2011.

Some of the key points of the recommendations are: creating clear lines for authorizer responsibilities, changing the name of the Charter School Review Panel to Public Charter School Commission and the tightening of performance contracts.

The recommendations are the result of twenty task force and working group meetings. The recommendations will be included in a report to the Legislature, which is due 20 days before the 2012 Session.

“Working with our local charter school community and national experts in the model law and best practices, we will be putting forth substantive reforms that maintain autonomy while ensuring accountability,” said Sen. Jill Tokuda, Senate Education Chair and Co-chair of the CSGTF.

Charter School Task Force Holds Meeting to Address Issues

HONOLULU — The Charter School Governance, Accountability, and Authority Task Force (CSGTF) will be holding its final meeting on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 10 a.m. in conference room 225, at the State Capitol.

The Task Force is co-chaired by Senate Education Committee Chair Jill Tokuda and House Education Committee Vice-Chair Della Au Belatti.

Representatives from the Legislature, Governor’s office, Board of Education, Department of Education, Charter School Administrative Office, Charter School Review Panel, Charter School Network, Ho‘okako‘o Corporation, and Kamehameha Schools have been participating on the task force as set forth in SB1174 (Act 130) since July.

“It is our intent to finalize recommendations made over the course of twenty task force and working group meetings for inclusion in our final report,” said Senator Tokuda. “Working with our local charter school community and national experts in the model law and best practices, we will be putting forth substantive reforms that maintain autonomy while ensuring accountability.”

The CSGTF was established under Senate Bill 1174 (Act 130). The bill was introduced to address several issues brought to surface relating charter schools. Act 130 established a task force that sought accountability among stakeholders of the charter school system. Objectives of the Task Force were to develop legislation or administrative rules on the governance structure of charter schools, identify oversight and monitoring responsibilities of the charter school review panel, and discuss funding related issues.

A report is due to the Legislature 20 days before 2012 session.

For more information on SB1174:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2011/lists/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1174

Charter School Task Force Holds Meeting to Address Issues

HONOLULU — The Charter School Governance, Accountability, and Authority Task Force (CSGTF) will be holding its sixth meeting on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 10 a.m. in conference room 225, at the State Capitol.

The Task Force is co-chaired by Senate Education Committee Chair Jill Tokuda and House Education Committee Vice-Chair Della Au Belatti.

Representatives from the Legislature, Governor’s office, Board of Education, Department of Education, Charter School Administrative Office, Charter School Review Panel, Charter School Network, Ho‘okako‘o Corporation, and Kamehameha Schools are expected to participate on the task force as set forth in SB1174 (Act 130).

CSGTF was established under Senate Bill 1174 (Act 130).  The bill was introduced to address several issues brought to surface relating Charter Schools.

“The task force is reaching a point where we are about ready to recommend very substantive changes to our charter school system.  From performance-based contracts to clearly defined roles and responsibilities, the recommendations being considered were developed understanding that we wanted to maintain flexibility while ensuring accountability,” said Senator Tokuda.

Act 130 establishes a task force that seeks accountability among stakeholders of the charter school system. Among the objectives of the Task Force are to develop legislation or administrative rules on the governance structure of charter schools, identify oversight and monitoring responsibilities of the charter school review panel, and discuss funding related issues.

CSGTF has been meeting since July 20, 2011.

A report is due to the Legislature 20 days before 2012 session.

For more information on SB1174:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2011/lists/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1174

Charter School Task Force Holds Second Meeting to Address Issues

HONOLULU — The Charter School Governance, Accountability, and Authority Task Force (CSGTF) will be holding its second meeting on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 10 a.m. in conference room 225, at the State Capitol.

The Task Force is co-chaired by Senate Education Committee Chair Jill Tokuda and House Education Committee Vice-Chair Della Au Belatti. 

Representatives from the Legislature, Governor’s office, Board of Education, Department of Education, Charter School Administrative Office, Charter School Review Panel, Charter School Network, Ho‘okako‘o Corporation, and Kamehameha Schools are expected to participate on the task force as set forth in SB1174 (Act 130).

CSGTF was established under Senate Bill 1174 (Act 130).  The bill was introduced to address several issues brought to surface relating Charter Schools.

Act 130 establishes a task force that seeks accountability among stakeholders of the charter school system. Among the objectives of the Task Force are to develop legislation or administrative rules on the governance structure of charter schools, identify oversight and monitoring responsibilities of the charter school review panel, and discuss funding related issues.

August 10 is the second of five meetings scheduled for CSGTF.  Here is the schedule for the remaining meetings:

  • August 31, 2011 at 10 a.m. in the State Capitol’s room 225
  • September 21, 2011 at 10 a.m. in the State Capitol’s room 211
  • October 12, 2011 at 10 a.m. in the State Capitol’s room 225

A report is due to the Legislature 20 days before 2012 session

For more information on SB1174 click here.

On O‘ahu, the meeting may viewed on Oceanic channel 49. For Neighbor Island channel information:

  • Kauai:  Ho’ike Community Television (http://www.hoike.org/), phone (808) 246-1556 (no web-streaming).
  • Maui:   Akaku:  Maui Community Television (http://www.akaku.org/), phone (808) 871-5554 (web-streaming available).
  • Big Island: Na Leo O Hawaii (http://www.naleo.tv/), phone (808) 935-8874 (Hilo) or (808) 329-9617 (Kailua-Kona) (web-streaming available).

Charter School Task Force Holds Meeting to Address Issues

HONOLULU — The Charter School Governance, Accountability, and Authority Task Force (CSGTF) held its first meeting today.

The Task Force is co-chaired by Senate Education Committee Chair Jill Tokuda and House Education Committee Vice-Chair Della Au Belatti. 

Representatives from the Legislature, Governor’s office, Board of Education, Department of Education, Charter School Administrative Office, Charter School Review Panel, Charter School Network, Ho‘okako‘o Corporation, and Kamehameha Schools are expected to participate on the task force as set forth in SB1174 (Act 130).

“Today’s meeting was a good start to a great opportunity to ensure that our Charter School system has a high level of accountability, clear lines of authority and a strong governance structure that will result in even better schools,” said Tokuda.

CSGTF was established under Senate Bill 1174 (Act 130).  The bill was introduced to address several issues brought to surface relating Charter Schools.

June 20th is the first of five meetings scheduled for CSGTF. A report is due to the Legislature 20 days before 2012 session

For more information on SB1174:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2011/lists/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1174

Charter School Task Force Holds Meeting to Address Issues

HONOLULU — The Charter School Governance, Accountability, and Authority Task Force (CSGTF) will be holding its first meeting on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 10 a.m. in conference room 225, at the State Capitol.

The Task Force is co-chaired by Senate Education Committee Chair Jill Tokuda and House Education Committee Vice-Chair Della Au Belatti. 

Representatives from the Legislature, Governor’s office, Board of Education, Department of Education, Charter School Administrative Office, Charter School Review Panel, Charter School Network, Ho‘okako‘o Corporation, and Kamehameha Schools are expected to participate on the task force as set forth in SB1174 (Act 130).

“We view this opportunity to strengthen and build upon the successes of our charter schools,” said Senator Jill Tokuda, chair of the Senate Committee on Education.

 CSGTF was established under Senate Bill 1174 (Act 130).  The bill was introduced to address several issues brought to surface relating Charter Schools.

Tokuda also stated, “Our charter schools are an important part of our educational system and as with all publically funded institutions, it is incumbent on us to ensure that there are clear lines of accountability and have monitoring oversight functions in place.”

Act 130 establishes a task force that seeks accountability among stakeholders of the charter school system. Among the objectives of the Task Force are to develop legislation or administrative rules on the governance structure of charter schools, identify oversight and monitoring responsibilities of the charter school review panel, and discuss funding related issues.

June 20th is the first of five meetings scheduled for CSGTF. A report is due to the Legislature 20 days before 2012 session

For more information on SB1174:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2011/lists/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1174

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