Charter School News

Education secretary visits Hawaii schools

The nation's top education official is vowing to look into concerns about assessments for students attending Hawaiian-language immersion schools and how Native Hawaiian-focused charter schools are funded.

Facilities expenses eat up charter schools' budgets

When the state rewarded Hawaii island charter school Na Wai Ola with a $95,000 check last fall for ranking as one of the state's top-performing public schools, Principal Daniel Caluya's first thoughts gravitated toward desperately needed improvements in the aging buildings the school leases.

Quiz Time: Will Hawaii Lawmakers Pass the Charter Schools Test?

A typical charter school in Hawaii doesn't have much of a campus. Unlike regular Hawaii Department of Education schools, charter schools can’t dip into state capital improvement funds to finance things like building construction and repair. Their operating budgets have to cover every expense — overhead costs, construction, transportation and everything in between.

2014 Hawaii CAN Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit NOW Available

Make your voice heard!

HPCSN has provided you with the tools to contact Hawaii's elected officials asking them to support charter schools in the state of Hawaii.

The toolkit provides information on how to contact an elected official, how a bill becomes a law, legislative terms and a floor plan of the state capitol, to name a few.

Accreditation Conference

Don’t forget to register for the Accreditation conference, seats are filling fast!  The deadline is January 17, 2014.   This is an opportunity to provide a place for you to hone in on your Accreditation skills and knowledge for your school by hearing from experts. We encourage you to send 2-3 people from your school in order to make the most of the conference workshops.  The cost is $25 per person.

Learning Hilo, a 5-part series on Hilo's charter schools

Civil Beat is profiling Na Wai Ola and several other charter schools in and around the Hilo area as part of a five-part education series. Learning Hilo explores four of Hawaii's charter school "innovation laboratories" and how leaders offer less-than-traditional models, techniques and even challenging ideas to the rest of the public school system.

Waimea Middle School Welcomes New Vice Principal

Amy Kendziorski has joined Waimea Middle School as Vice Principal to help solidify schoolwide student support programs, said Principal Matt Horne.