Saturday, April 13, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Monday, July 30, 2012
Charter School Enrollment Reaches 10,000 Milestone
By News Release @ 2:55 PM :: 5602 Views :: Energy, Environment

News Release from Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii public charter schools will achieve an enrollment record this week as more than 10,000 kindergarten through 12th graders begin classes after summer break.

The projected enrollment of 10,097 represents a milestone for Hawaii’s charter movement, which served just 1,341 students in 2000.
“All our charters remain committed to innovating public education,” said Lynn Finnegan, executive director of the Hawaii Public Charter School Network (HPCSN). “We accomplish this by empowering principals and teachers, making decisions at the local level and providing for the needs of individual students.
“And our charters succeed in their missions despite receiving no facilities money and other forms of support afforded to regular public schools,” Finnegan added.
America’s first charter school opened in 1991 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Today there are more than 5,000 charters in 41 states and Washington, D.C., serving over 1.6 million students.
Hawaii’s charter movement began in 1994 when the State Legislature passed a law that converted existing public schools – such as Lanikai Elementary and Waialae Elementary – into "student centered" schools.
Five years later the Legislature allowed "New Century" start-up charter schools that did not have to convert from existing Department of Education schools. The first three to receive this designation were Connections, West Hawaii Explorations Academy and Kanu o ka ‘Aina.
Now with the addition of Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School this year, Hawaii has 32 public charter schools and there are seven applications for new campuses awaiting review by the Public Charter School Commission.
In addition to reaching an enrollment milestone, the 2012-2013 school year involves a major transition for the campuses as numerous recommendations of the Charter School Governance, Accountability and Authority Task Force go into effect under new state law.
This bipartisan legislation (Acts 130 and 131) signed in June by Governor Abercrombie clarifies roles and responsibilities of charter schools and other parts of the charter school sector to bring clear accountability for student achievement and fiscal/operational viability.
Coordinating the transition to these new laws is the Chicago-based National Association of Charter Schools Authorizers.
Hawaii charters also operate under new governance this year through the recently formed State Public Charter School Commission, which replaced the Charter School Review Panel. Appointed by the state Board of Education, the nine-member commission is chaired by Karen Street, vice president of organizational development for First Insurance Co. of Hawaii.
New leadership is also in place on the HPCSN board of directors, led by President Daniel Caluya, director/principal of Na Wai Ola Public Charter School on the Big Island. Under Caluya’s leadership, Na Wai Ola was voted “Most Improved Charter School” for 2011.
Charters are tuition-free, publicly funded schools open to all students in urban and rural areas statewide. Educational specialties include STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), Native Hawaiian language immersion and the performing and visual arts.
To celebrate the 10,000-student enrollment milestone, HPCSN will highlight one charter school per day on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/hawaiicharterschools) from July 31 through August 31.
 
Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

HIEC.Coop

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Moms for Liberty

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

July 4 in Hawaii

Kakaako Cares

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT