The State Public Charter School Commission or “the Commission” is the State of Hawaiʻi’s statewide charter school authorizer. The mission of the Commission is to authorize high-quality public charter schools throughout Hawaiʻi by soliciting, evaluating, and approving applications for new schools; negotiating and executing sound school contracts; monitoring performance and legal compliance of our schools; and determining renewal, nonrenewal, or revocation of their charter contracts.
Our vision is to authorize, actualize, and amplify high-quality diverse educational options that prepare students for future academic or career success as contributing members of our community, and through our work, inform, enhance, and contribute to Hawaiʻi’s public education system.
The Commission is a diverse and talented group of leaders appointed by the Hawaiʻi Board of Education on an unpaid, volunteer basis.
The Commission is made up of nine members, all of whom are statutorily required to meet the following qualifications:
- Commitment to education. Each member's record demonstrates a deep and abiding interest in education, and a dedication to the social, academic, and character development of young people through the administration of a high performing charter school system.
- Record of integrity, civic virtue, and high ethical standards. Each member demonstrates integrity, civic virtue, and high ethical standards and is willing to hold fellow Commission members to the same.
- Availability for constructive engagement. Each member is committed to being a conscientious and attentive Commission member.
- Knowledge of best practices. Each member has an understanding of best practices in charter school educational governance or is willing to be trained in such.