Charter Schools

The Board oversees all authorizers in the state as provided by Chapter 302D, Hawaii Revised Statutes ("HRS"). Section 302D-1, HRS, defines an authorizer as "an entity established under [Chapter 302D, HRS] with chartering authority to review charter applications, decide whether to approve or deny charter applications, enter into charter contracts with applicants, oversee public charter schools, and decide whether to authorize, renew, deny renewal of, or revoke charter contracts." Through the Board's oversight of authorizers, charter schools ultimately fall under the authority of the Board.

The Board appoints the nine volunteer members of the State Public Charter School Commission ("Commission"), a statutorily established, statewide authorizer with a mission to authorize high-quality charter schools throughout the state. The Board runs an annual application process to identify and appoint qualified candidates interested in serving on the Commission. Interested persons should review this application form and complete and submit it with the appropriate attached documents when the application window opens. 

Draft Documents for Implementation of Multiple Authorizer System Open for Public Comment

The Board's Student Achievement Committee is seeking public comments on drafts of the Board's proposed application for chartering authority, authorizing contract, and authorizer performance evaluation system. For detailed information on these documents and the Board's multiple authorizer system project, see this memorandum. The draft documents are available through the following links:

Comments on the draft documents should be emailed to by March 9, 2019. (February 8, 2019)

Administrative Rules Related to Multiple Authorizers

The Board promulgated administrative rules regarding authorizers. The first set of administrative rules is Chapter 8-515, Hawaii Administrative Rules ("HAR"), entitled "Establishment and Oversight of Charter School Authorizers," and the second set is Chapter 8-517, HAR, entitled "Charter Contract Transfers."

At its November 15, 2016 meeting, the Board adopted the revised administrative rules as recommended by its Student Achievement Committee and attached to this memorandum. However, upon further review, the Department of the Attorney General notified the Board that some of the adopted amendments to the rules would require another public hearing. At its January 10, 2017 meeting, the Board approved changes to the adopted rules to remove the amendments that would require another public hearing in the interest of expediting the enactment of the rules, as described in this memorandum. The Governor approved the rules and filed them with the Lieutenant Governor on February 8, 2017, and the rules became effective as of February 18, 2017.

The Board's administrative rules can be found on the administrative rules page. (February 24, 2017)