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. 

2019 Cycle for Applying for Chartering Authority

Eligible entities interested in becoming authorizers may apply to the Board for chartering authority. The timeline for the 2019 cycle for applying for chartering authority is here. Any prospective applicant must 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.

For more information, see the Application for Chartering Authority. (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. (May 17, 2019)