Charter School News

New Proficiency Standards Hit Charters

Statewide, They Fall Further Than Traditional Public Schools, but in the City, They Still Outperform District Competitors
The Equity Project Charter School garnered headlines and accolades when it opened last September with an unusual plan: recruit top teachers and pay them $125,000—substantially more than the average teacher salary anywhere in the country.

Support Hakipuu Rally!

Hakipuu Learning Center Public Charter School is facing an eviction from their building on July 31, 2010. In our efforts to stay in our building and to secure a long-term location for our new campus, HLC is holding a "Support Hakipuu Rally" on August 1, 2010, Sunday 1:00 to 4:00pm. We would be honored if you would join us in our efforts to save our school.


Innovation Academies Charter Schools Offer Students New Ways of Learning

Students of Halau Ku Mana start each day with Hawaiian chants.
Photo: David Croxford

 While other students around the state begin their day reciting the Pledge of Allegiance or listening to announcements in traditional classrooms with four walls, the 85 students at Halau Ku Mana charter school chant in Hawaiian under a tree-shaded tent in upper Makiki.

Students & Slam Poet Kealoha! Waimea Middle

Slam Poet Kealoha graduated with honors in Nuclear Physics from MIT, came home to Hawai’i but wasn’t inspired to pursue a science career. Between surfing and hanging out, he stumbled across Slam Poetry...and he was hooked. He found that Slam Poetry was a powerful way to express his passionate perspective of life in these islands and the world. He also found his performance and messages “connected” with audiences, especially youth.

Charter School Has Ideas To Chew On

After my item last week poking fun at a bill in the Legislature to ban candy sales at public schools, I got an e-mail from my old friend, Patti Cook on the Big Island, telling me about an innovation at Waimea Middle School that actually encourages students to chew gum in school.

YES to Convert Laupahoehoe School to a Charter School

Laupahoehoe has voted YES to convert Laupahoehoe High and Elementary School to a public charter school. The secret ballots were counted up after 7 p.m. on Wednesday night at the Laupahoehoe School and Public Library. The League of Women Voters’ past president Sue Irvine and volunteers Margaret Drake and Marianna Scheffer announced the results: One hundred forty five out of 180 voters cast their ballots in favor of charter.

Ingenuity Feeds Students on Furlough Friday

Waimea Middle School students learned that a little can go a long way. In an effort to provide lunch for the 281-student population on this week's furlough Friday, the school organized Stone Soup Day, an idea based upon the folk tale "Stone Soup." Students were asked to bring in one item that would be contributed to a pot of stone soup, or Portuguese bean soup, for their homeroom's lunch.