State capitol: Photo by Emily Metcalf
State capitol: Photo by Emily Metcalf

HONOLULU — The Charter School Governance, Accountability, and Authority Task Force (CSGTF) will be holding its sixth meeting on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 10 a.m. in conference room 225, at the State Capitol.

The Task Force is co-chaired by Senate Education Committee Chair Jill Tokuda and House Education Committee Vice-Chair Della Au Belatti.

Representatives from the Legislature, Governor’s office, Board of Education, Department of Education, Charter School Administrative Office, Charter School Review Panel, Charter School Network, Ho‘okako‘o Corporation, and Kamehameha Schools are expected to participate on the task force as set forth in SB1174 (Act 130).

CSGTF was established under Senate Bill 1174 (Act 130).  The bill was introduced to address several issues brought to surface relating Charter Schools.

“The task force is reaching a point where we are about ready to recommend very substantive changes to our charter school system.  From performance-based contracts to clearly defined roles and responsibilities, the recommendations being considered were developed understanding that we wanted to maintain flexibility while ensuring accountability,” said Senator Tokuda.

Act 130 establishes a task force that seeks accountability among stakeholders of the charter school system. Among the objectives of the Task Force are to develop legislation or administrative rules on the governance structure of charter schools, identify oversight and monitoring responsibilities of the charter school review panel, and discuss funding related issues.

CSGTF has been meeting since July 20, 2011.

A report is due to the Legislature 20 days before 2012 session

For more information on SB1174: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2011/lists/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1174

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