The Board of Education ("Board") oversees all authorizers in the state as provided by Chapter 302D, Hawaii Revised Statutes ("HRS"), and Chapter 8-515, Hawaii Administrative Rules. 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."
The Board holds authorizers accountable to the performance expectations set forth in the Hawai'i Authorizer Performance Evaluation System ("HAPES"). The Board periodically evaluates authorizers using HAPES. 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.
2020 Notice Inviting Applications for Chartering Authority
The Board published a notice inviting applications for chartering authority on its homepage on May 15, 2020. Eligible entities interested in becoming authorizers needed to submit an Intent to Apply Packet by 4:30 p.m. HST on June 5, 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org as a single PDF file, including any necessary attachments, in accordance this timeline for the 2020 application cycle approved by the Board Chairperson. The Board did not receive any Intent to Apply Packets; therefore, the Board will not be running an application cycle in 2020. The Board plans to publish the next notice inviting applications for chartering authority in May 2021.
For more information, see the Board's Application for Chartering Authority to Become a New Charter School Authorizer. (A form for Exhibit 2, the Application Information Sheet, is available here.)
Any applicant who is granted chartering authority by the Board will need to execute this authorizing contract with the Board before operating as an authorizer. (June 8, 2020)