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Monday, March 6, 2017
Darrel Galera Resigns BoE so Ige Can Appoint Him Superintendent
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News Release from Office of the Governor, March 6, 2017

HONOLULU – Board of Education member Darrel Galera submitted his resignation to Gov. David Ige on Monday, following Galera’s decision to apply for the job of State Superintendent of Hawai‘i’s public schools.

Gov. Ige appointed Galera to the BOE in October 2016. Galera has also served as the chairperson for the Governor’s ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Team since its inception in April 2016.

Galera said he made his decision to step down from his seat on the BOE after deep reflection. “It is essential that the BOE’s search/selection committee be presented with as large a pool of experienced, qualified and committed applicants as possible, as it makes one of the most important decisions for the future of public education in Hawai‘i.”

Galera has also requested that he remain as chairperson of the Governor’s ESSA Team, as it wraps up its work finalizing the blueprint for Hawai‘i’s public education and looks toward implementation.

Galera’s resignation is effective immediately.

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Ige pick quits schools board to seek superintendent’s seat

SA: …Gov. David Ige appointed Galera to the school board in October to fill a vacancy. The governor also tapped Galera last year to lead a 19-member advisory team he tasked with developing a “blueprint” to overhaul the state’s public school system.

Galera said his work with the governor’s task group helped guide his decision to seek the superintendent post. The plan envisions a school system that better prepares students for an innovation-driven economy and better supports teachers while empowering school leaders and targeting resources at the school level.

“The most asked question we got was, How will we make the vision of the education blueprint a reality? It’s clearly on the top of everyone’s mind in terms of whether we’re just going through an exercise,” Galera told the Honolulu Star-¬≠Advertiser. “I hope as many people apply as possible who want to help make the vision real.”

Before joining the Board of Education, Galera had been an outspoken critic of Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi, whose term ends June 30. In 2014 he criticized the department’s leadership after a survey he helped conduct of more than 100 DOE principals showed widespread discontent with the state’s centralized system of governance….

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