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National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: Hawaii Law still needs Significant Improvement
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Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws | Second Edition | January 2011

This report is the NAPCS' second assessment of state charter school laws based on key indicators of charter school quality. We have updated an interactive webpage that describes how each state scores overall and on each of the 20 essential components of "A New Model Law For Supporting The Growth of High-Quality Public Charter Schools."

Here’s how Hawaii measures up:

RANK: #33 (out of 41) 74 Points (out of 208)

Year Charter School Law was Enacted: 1994
Estimated Number of Public Charter Schools in 2010-2011: 31
Estimated Number of Public Charter School Students in 2010-2011: 8,100

In 2010, Hawaii passed legislation that, among other things, partially lifted its cap on start-up charter schools, made some changes to the state's charter school funding formula and required the state department of education to make vacant public school facilities available to public charter schools.

Hawaii moved from number 34 to number 33, and its score increased from 70 points to 74 points. For component number one, its score increased from zero points to three points because of the partial cap lift. For component number 19, its score increased from zero points to three points because of the requirements to make vacant public school facilities available to public charter schools. For component number 10, its score fell from two points to zero points because stronger evaluation criteria has been applied to this component.

Hawaii's law still needs significant improvement in several areas, including completely removing its caps, strengthening the requirements for both charter application, review and decision-making processes and renewal, non-renewal, and revocation processes, and ensuring equitable operational and categorical funding and equitable access to capital funding and facilities.



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