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The Education Committee continued meeting through the summer and we have added several new members. We are currently attempting collaborative study of programs and treatment of 'at risk' youngsters in Hawaii's schools. We are interested also in the charter schools to emerge from the recent "New Century Charter Schools" legislation.
In response to state and national concern with school violence prevention, we will also be underscoring school-within-schools as a way to downsize Hawaii's schools. According to DOE officials, Hawaii has the largest average size high schools in the nation and the third or fourth largest elementary schools. Since extensive evidence documents the relationship between school size and school violence, we shall be trying to convince local authorities of the importance of downsizing the State's largest schools.
An article featuring school size as the most prominent alterable feature in preventing school violence was written over the summer by two Education Committee members. It is being distributed in Hawaii prior to national publication in the Fall (in the November issue of the Phi Delta Kappan). Prior to that League members can call the office for a copy.
The Committee chair participated in the organizing meeting of the Charter School Consortium of Hawaii, in Hilo, in early August. The group consisted of people from a number of Hawaii schools interested in becoming charters, plus several other interested folk. Among other initial steps, the group signed a letter to Superintendent LeMahieu indicating its interest in participating in the development of the implementation guidelines for the recent legislation.
Mary Anne Raywid