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Sunday, October 10, 2010
Transformative Change Is Needed in Board of Education
By News Release @ 7:33 PM :: 5580 Views :: Energy, Environment

Transformative Change Is Needed

from www.HawaiiChildrenFirst.org

  • The Department of Education - Hawaii's largest employer with an approximately $2 billion budget - has developed an ambitious strategic plan that seeks to dramatically change how it operates.
  • Principals are calling for greater discretion in hiring decisions, modifying teacher tenure, creating a focus on student achievement, and instituting performance contracts.
  • The community wants less bureaucratic waste and greater transparency into how education funds are spent and utilized.

Changes like these won't happen without improved leadership! 

  • For 40+ years, we've had an elected Board of Education.
  • The average term of office of the current elected Board is approximately 8 years.
  • One member has been in office for 2 decades.  Three members have been in office for more than 1 decade.

If you're ready for transformative change, vote YES for an appointed Board!

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The Star-Advertiser (6/28/10): Our View - "All this restructuring needs to start with the school board itself. If voters decide to replace the elected board with one that's appointed . . ., there could be an opportunity to draft educators and community leaders who are up to the task."

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