Hawaii 2016 State Policy Detail
AUTHORIZER QUALITY MUST STAY FRONT AND CENTER
Hawaii has all of NACSA’s recommended authorizer quality policies in place. However, 2016 legislative efforts to make it easier to become an authorizer threaten the quality of authorizing in the state.
- Institute a strong renewal standard in state policy. Empower authorizers to close schools that fail to achieve performance goals stated in the charter contract. Hawaii has historically struggled to enforce accountability, though new regulations and practices of the Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission should give the authorizer more tools to assess a charter school’s performance and hold it accountable. The existing weak renewal statute is still in place, and NACSA is concerned it will undermine the Commission’s ability to employ these new practices and enforce accountability.
- Create a default closure mechanism to make closure the expected outcome for failing charter schools.
- Continue implementation of a robust authorizer application process to maintain strong authorizing practices.