Hawaii school districts
The Hawaii school district or the Hawaii State Department of Education, is the only statewide public education system in the United States. Established by Kamehameha III on October 15, 1840, it is the oldest school system west of the Mississippi River and the only system established by a sovereign monarch. The Hawaii State Department of Education is a single, statewide school district with 289 schools (256 regular, 2 special, 31 charter) plus 11 adult education schools on seven islands. Approximately 180,000 students attend school in Hawaii, and the department employs about 13,000 teachers. The DOE formulates policy for the public schools and the Hawaii state library system.
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- Budget documents are available.
- Meeting agendas and meeting minutes are available.
- Contact information is available for all appointed board members. There are no elected officials for the Hawaii Board of Education.
- A database of current contracts is available.
- Audits are available dating back to 2002.
- Reports on student academic performance are available.
- Temporary and contract personnel must undergo background checks.
- There is no information available on taxes or tax rates.
- No information is provided for open records requests or public records access.
The board is made up of nine members appointed by the governor and there are no publicly elected members of the board; students elect one non-voting member from their number to the board. The board hires the Superintendent and the State Librarian. The Superintendent in turn appoints four (4) assistant superintendents responsible for various departments. The superintendent also appoints fifteen Complex Area Superintendents who oversee and support the school complexes. Each complex consists of a high school and the elementary and intermediate/middle schools that feed into it. The Complex Area Superintendents are based in administrative offices located in seven geographical districts: Honolulu, Central, Leeward, and Windward on Oahu; and Hawaii, Maui (including Molokai and Lanai) and Kauai (including Niihau) on the Neighbor Islands.
|Chairman||At-Large||Donald G. Horner||(808) email@example.com|
|Vice Chairman||Hawaii||Brian J. De Lima||(808) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Board Member||Maui||Wesley P. Lo||(808) email@example.com|
|Board Member||At-Large||Keith Amemiya||(808) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Board Member||Oahu||Cheryl Ka\'uhane Lupenui||(808) email@example.com|
|Board Member||At-Large||Kimberly Gennaula Hagi||(808) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Board Member||Kauai||Nancy Jo-Yamakawa Budd||(808) email@example.com|
|Board Member||Oahu||James D. Williams||(808) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Board Member||Oahu||Charlene Cuaresma||(808) email@example.com|
|Non-Voting Member||Student||Angelica Wai Sam Lao||(808) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Military Liaison||Col. William Morrison||(808) email@example.com|
The teacher salary schedule for 2010-2011 provides information about teacher contracts for the Hawaii Department of Education.
Teachers must meet minimum requirements to be placed on probation contracts; teachers who do not meet licensing requirements can be hired on a temporary, year-to-year basis for a maximum of three years. Probationary teachers must complete four consecutive semesters, and achieve tenure on the first day of the fifth semester. . To be eligible for hire on probation, teachers must have an effective date of employment and a Hawaii State teacher license issued on or before the twenty-fourth working day of a semester, may not have more than 23 days of unpaid leave in a semester and must be on paid status at the end of a semester.
Salary Schedule 2010-2011
|Years of Teaching Experience Prior to DOE||Class II – Bachelor\'s||Class III – Bachelor\'s + 30 or Master\'s||Class IV – PhD or EdD|
|No SATEP* 1||$32,713||$35,329|
|SATEP** 5 (0-4 yrs)||$43,157||$46,609||$55,575|
|6 (5-6 yrs)||$44,452||$48,008||$57,243|
|* No SATEP: Teachers who have not completed a state-approved teacher education program (SATEP).|
|** SATEP: Teachers who have completed a state-approved teacher education program (SATEP).|
|Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support (OCISS)||Bellino, Joyce Y.||Assistant Superintendant OCISSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ogawa, Wendy M.||Private Secretary OCISSemail@example.com|
|Hong, Geri Ann||Education Specialistfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Office of Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs|
|Office of School Facilities and Support Services|
|Randy Moore||Assistant Superintendant OSFSS||n/a|
The Hawaii State Teachers Association is the primary teacher union operating in Hawaii. It has been in existence since 1971.
Teacher Unions Exposed reveals that 100% of Hawaii teachers are members of the union.
The Hawaii Department of Education operates on a biennial budget set by the Hawaii State Legislature. The 2011-2013 budget request shows that the DOE requested $1.814 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011-12 and and $1.789 billion in FY 2012-13. Hawaii's charter schools are funded under "EDN 600" and their funding is managed by the e Charter Schools Administrative Office. The two budgets are separate.
The U.S. Census Bureau ranks Hawaii 11th in the nation for per student spending. According to Kidscount.org, Hawaii spends more than $12,457 per student in the public schools, taking into account only funds budgeted for the Department of Education directly. Pensions and benefits for district employees are budgeted through the Hawaii Department of Budget and Finance.
The state of Hawaii has 31 public charter schools that serve over 7,600 K-12 students and employ more than 1000 public employees. They are open to all students who wish to attend and are paid for by the taxpayers.
Hawaii is subject to state and federal performance standards and as a group, outperformed traditional public school students on the 2003-04 Hawai'i State Assessment and SAT tests. 67% of charter schools met the 2005-06 SAT honor roll criteria, up from 40% in 2003-04
Below is a list of current charter schools in Hawaii:
|Island||School||Grades Enrolled||Total Enrollment|
|O'ahu||Education Laboratory, a Hawai'i||K-12||426|
|O'ahu||Hakipu'u Learning Center, a Hawai'i||7-12||85|
|O'ahu||Halau Ku Mana||6-12||130|
|Hawai'i||Hawai'i Academy of Arts & Science (HAAS)||K-12||405|
|O'ahu||Hawai'i Technology Academy||K-12||237|
|Hawai'i||Ka 'Umeke Ka'eo||K-7||205|
|O'ahu||Ka Waihona o ka Na'auao||K-8||524|
|O'ahu||Kamaile Academy||Pre K-6||712|
|Hawai'i||Kanu o ka 'Aina||K-12||197|
|Kaua'i||Kanuikapono Learning Center||K-11||44|
|Hawai'i||Ke Ana La'ahana||7-12||79|
|Hawai'i||Ke Kula 'o Nawahiokalani'opu'u Iki Laboratory||K-8||137|
|Kaua'i||Ke Kula Ni'ihau O Kekaha Learning Center||K-12||37|
|O'ahu||Ke Kula 'o Samuel M. Kamakau||K-12||104|
|Hawai'i||Kua o ka La||K-1, 6-12||82|
|Kaua'i||Kula Aupuni Ni'ihau A Kehelelani Aloha (KANAKA)||K-12||59|
|O'ahu||Myron B. Thompson Academy||K-12||583|
|Hawai'i||Volcano School of Arts & Science||K-8||147|
|Hawai'i||Waimea Middle Public Conversion||6-8||357|
|Hawai'i||Waters of Life||K-12||153|
|Hawai'i||West Hawai'i Explorations Academy||6-12||178|
In 2011, the Hawaii Department of Education joined 40 other states in requesting a waiver from the United State government from accountability measures in No Child Left Behind.
- Main article: Hawaii taxpayer-funded lobbying
The Hawaii Board of Education belongs to the National School Boards Association, a taxpayer-funded lobbying association. It does not have registered lobbyists and has stated that it does not lobby in a way that needs to be disclosed. 
- Hawaii Department of Education
- Hawaii Board of Education
- Hawaii State Public Library System
- Accountability Resource Center Hawaii
- Hawaii State Teachers Association
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