About the Board of Education

The Hawaii State Board of Education ("Board") shall have the power, as provided by law, to formulate policy and to exercise control over the public school system and public library system through its executive officers, the superintendent of education and the state librarian, both of whom shall be appointed by the board; except that the board shall have jurisdiction in a manner consistent with general laws. (Reference: Constitution of the State of Hawaii, Article X, Section 3; Act 150, SLH 1981).


The Board's mission is to promote excellence and equity in Hawaii's public schools and enable all students to meet their own unique and varied potentials.


The functions of the Board are described in the Hawaii Revised Statutes.  These functions include appointing the Superintendent, State Librarian, and members of the State Public Charter School Commission.


The Board consists of nine voting members, one Hawaii State Student Council Representative, and one Military Representative.


The Board has four standing committees:  Student Achievement, Finance and Infrastructure, Human Resources, and Audit.