Charter Schools

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. 

Call for Applications and Nominations to Serve on the State Public Charter School Commission

The Board is seeking qualified candidates to serve as members of the Commission. Interested persons should complete and submit this application form with the appropriate attached documents. Organizations or individuals may also use the application form to nominate individuals and submit applications on their behalf, provided that the individual certifies that he or she authorized the submission. The application, a letter of interest or nomination letter, and a resume must be submitted in one email to by February 21, 2020.

There are four seats that are up for appointment. One vacancy is due to a resignation. The regular terms for the other three seats are expiring.

At the Board's March 5, 2020 meeting, a nomination committee will publicly present the names of the final nominees for appointment consideration. At its April 16, 2020 meeting, the Board will consider the nominations and make its apppointment decisions. The candidate that is appointed to the seat that was vacated due to the resignation should plan to begin serving on the Commission as of the date of appointment, April 16, 2020. The other three candidates should plan to begin serving on the Commission as of the start of the new term, July 1, 2020.

Please feel free to contact the Board's office at (808) 586-3334 with any questions. (February 4, 2020)

2019 Cycle for Applying for Chartering Authority

Eligible entities interested in becoming authorizers may apply to the Board for chartering authority. The deadline for applying for the 2019 cycle has passed. Any prospective applicant was to submit an Intent to Apply Packet by 4:30 p.m. HST on June 7, 2019 to as a single PDF file, including any necessary attachments. The 2020 application cycle will begin when the next notice inivting applications for chartering authority is released in May.

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.)

Pursuant to the Board's Application for Chartering Authority and by direction of the Board Chairperson, a team of evaluators ("Evaluation Team") held a public forum on behalf of the Board to afford members of the public an opportunity to provide comments on the application for chartering authority from Lei Ho'olaha, the only application received by the Board this cycle. The Evaluation Team issued its recommendation report and based its recommendation on the approval criteria described in the Application for Chartering Authority. The Board's Student Achievement Committee will consider the Evaluation Team's recommendation report at its February 6, 2020 committee meeting. The Board will consider the committee's recommendation and make the final decision on the application at tis February 20, 2020 general business meeting.

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. (January 10, 2020)