Charter School News

Kumu Noelani Kamalu of Halau Ku Mana will be crew on Hokule'a

Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School congratulates Kumu Noelani Kamalu, a secondary math and science teachers on her selection as crew member of Hokule'a. Her leg of the historic three year world-wide journey will take place from Hawai'i to Tahiti. HKM is a spotlight school in which students will google hangout with crew members and will partner with other area schools to lead local stewardship efforts.

3rd Annual Hawaii Public Charter Schools Awards: Creating New Best Practices for Public Education

HPCSN cordially invites you to help us recognize the direct and meaningful impact that charter schools have in our community by joining us for:

2013-2014 Hawai'i Charter Schools Awards

"Creating New Best Practices for Public Education in Hawai'i"

Thursday, May 15, 2014

State Auditor applauds Public Charter School Commission

Hawaii’s new State Public Charter School Commission is getting high marks from the State Auditor.

According to a report released Thursday, the commission promises to establish real oversight and accountability throughout the charter schools system. The report highlights the commission’s Performance Framework, which actively monitors and assesses schools’ financial, academic and organization performance.

Up through the roots Nature showcased on charter school hikes

The teachers and family at Kona Pacific Public Charter School would have it no other way. The publicly funded school of about 220 students blends a Waldorf curriculum with agricultural practices and Hawaiian culture. Saturday, groups of students led parents, teachers and the public on hikes through a densely forested section of the 40-acre campus. The interactive hikes were part of the school’s Earth Day celebration and included a farm-to-table picnic fundraiser.

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.