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President's Message
This Year's Education Bills (Mary Anne Raywid)
Affordable Shelter (Jackie Parnell)
New LWV State Website (Andrea Dean)
2006 Freedom of Information Compliance Audit (Jackie Parnell)
League Makes it to the Wheel (Jean Aoki)
Voter Owned Elections (Clean Elections) (Kory Payne)
Education Committee Report (and why political reform...) (Mary Anne Raywid)
Never Say it Makes No Difference (Jean Aoki)
Court Rules Private Serial Communications Violate State's Sunshine Law
Martha Black Dies
Gambling: Hopefully a Non-Issue This Legislative Session (Judy Rantala)
Century of Accountability (Mary Anne Raywid)
Prophecy Gone Wrong (Dwight D. Eisenhower)
Chapter Reports: Kauai (Carol Bain)
Chapter Reports: Honolulu (Jackie Parnell)
Chapter Reports: Hawaii (Marianna Scheffer)
Chapter Reports: Maui (Joshua Cooper)

Education Committee Report
(and why political reform comes slowly to Hawaii)

The Education Committee has testified on several bills during this legislative session but was disappointed that the Task Force on Charter Schools appointed at the request of the Legislature at its last session reported back without a single substantive recommendation.

Of the 47 proposals arrived at by the 16-member task force only five obtained the support Chairman Jim Shon had specified as necessary to qualify as a recommendation -- and these pertained only to such pro forma matters as redefining charter schools, classifying the laws affecting them, etc.

Since these schools badly need changes -- e.g., facilities provisions, equitable financing, a raising of the cap preventing any new charter schools from being launched -- this member of the Task Force commented that the absence of recommendations was appalling. Chairman Shon responded that members were following orders: they had been instructed how to vote and they voted as they had been told to by their organizations.

Another reason that might be noted for the outcome was that the Task Force on Charter schools included only one representative from a charter school.

Mary Anne Raywid

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