An OPED — Office of Public Education – modeled after OHA seems smarter. Give OPED its 20% of gross ceded land revenues, and a publicly elected Board. Limit Board eligibility to parents whose children attend public schools. But make its job lobbying for better public schools for all — instead of special perks for a few.
Today, parents beg for lawmakers attention, because they lack the millions other groups have to buy it, e.g. OHA, the teachers’ unions and Hawaii’s richest industry – Tourism (that competes with places that rely on poor education to produce cheap labor).
Creating OPED with a parents-only Board, and hundreds of millions for lobbying, would let parents command attention, not beg for it. Schools would improve.
George L. Berish is a resident of Kakaako, Hawaii