Resources and References

Commission Memo on Teacher Differential Pay Status

January 24, 2020

Due to the volume of calls and questions regarding the Department of Education’s (DOE) implementation of teacher differentials, the Commission would like to provide our Charter School Community with this update on the current status of teacher differentials that have been approved by the Board of Education (BOE) and implemented by the DOE.

Please click here to see the memo.

State Ethics Commission Guidance to Public Charter School Employees and Members of Governing Boards Serving as Officers and Directors or Employees of the Non-profit Organizations Affiliated With Their Schools

December 6, 2019

Click here to see document from the Hawaiʻi State Ethics Commission, Re: Application of the State Ethics Code to Public Charter School Employees and Members of Governing Boards Serving as Officers and Directors or Employees of Non-Profit Organizations, and Related Issues

Hawaiʻi State Public Charter School Commission Online Virtual and Blended Learning Guidelines

October 18, 2019

Click here for to view the Online Virtual and Blended Learning Guidelines

Hawaii State Ethics Commission Advisory Opinions

**Update: December 2016 Settlement Agreement between HSTA and Ethics Commission, available here.

No. 2015-1 The State Ethics Commission issued advisory opinion 2015-1, dated August 19, 2015, regarding free travel offered to DOE teachers who serve as chaperones on student educational trips.  The State Ethics Code prohibits teachers from accepting free travel and other benefits from tour companies for serving as chaperones on student educational trips, where the teachers are directly involved in planning and selecting a tour company to help organize the trip, promoting the trip to students and parents, deciding who will chaperone students, and/or requesting approval for the trip. While this advisory opinion is directed toward the DOE, the State Ethics Code and the considerations raised by the free travel opportunities are applicable to charter schools.  Charter schools are encouraged to call the State Ethics Commission with any questions on this matter or for advice and guidance on the State Ethics Code.  The Ethics Commission can be reached at (808) 587-0460.

 

No. 2015-2 The State Ethics Commission issued advisory opinion No. 2015-2, dated August 19, 2015, regarding members of governing boards and employees of charter schools serving as employees of affiliated nonprofit organizations.  The advisory opinion states that the conflicts of interest section of the State Ethics Code prohibits a charter school governing board member or employee from taking any official action on behalf of the charter school affecting the nonprofit organization.  The State Ethics Code also prohibits members of a governing board and employees of a charter school from assisting a nonprofit organization in matters before the charter school and from acting as a representative for the nonprofit organization in its interactions with the charter school.  The State Ethics Code may also be applicable in instances where a member of a governing board or an employee of a charter school is not currently an employee of the nonprofit organization but may be contemplating such employment.  
All school governing boards and school administrators should review this information for reference and understanding.  The State Ethics Commission strongly recommends that members of governing boards and employees of charter schools who also serve as employees of affiliated nonprofit organizations contact the Ethics Commission office for further advice.  The State Ethics Commission can be reached at (808) 587-0460.

Teacher Movement Between DOE and Charter Schools

January 2, 2013

See this DOE memo for information.

Act 99, SLH 2014

Act 99, SLH 2014 - Establishes provisions for charter schools relating to Commission fees, charter applications and pre-opening, governing board makeup and responsibilities, and reconstitution of governing boards.  Makes amendments to the State’s charter school law for clarity and consistency.

​Legislative Auditor's Report No. 11-03, December 2011 

Legislative Auditor's Report No. 11-03, December 2011 - Performance Audit of he Hawaii Public Charter School System: Autonomy Without Accountability.

Act 159, Session Laws of Hawaii 2013 (SLH 2013)

Act 159, Session Laws of Hawaii 2013 (SLH 2013) - Establishes provisions for charter schools relating to annual independent financial audits, criminal history record checks, enrollment, conflicts of interest and disclosure, facilities funding, and hiring. Makes amendments to the State's charter school law for clarity and consistency.

Act 130, SLH 2012

Act 130, SLH 2012 - Establishes a new chapter governing charter schools based on the recommendations of the Charter School Governance, Accountability, and Authority Task Force established by Act 130, Session Laws of Hawaii 2011. Repeals chapter 302B, HRS. Maintains the charter school administrative office until July 1, 2013. Transfers all funds in the charter schools account established pursuant to section 302B-12(i), HRS, to the general fund. Makes housekeeping amendments. 

Recommendations of  the Task Force on Charter School Governance, Accountability, and Authority

Recommendations of  the Task Force on Charter School Governance, Accountability, and Authority - Established by Act 130, SLH 2011 to provide clarity to the relationships, responsibilities, and lines of accountability and authority among stakeholders of Hawaii's charter school system, including the Board of Education, Department of Education, Charter School Administrative Office, Charter School Review Panel, and local school boards.

Act 130, SLH 2011

Act 130, SLH 2011 - Requires charter school budget requests for needs-based facilities funding to include a detailed explanation as to the formula used and the funding request breakdown by school. Allows charter schools to appeal denied reauthorizations to BOE. Requires charter schools and their local school boards to develop internal policies and procedures consistent with ethical standards of conduct. Requires the charter school review panel to conduct a multi-year evaluation of each charter school every six years, instead of every five. Establishes a task force to address issues on charter school governance, accountability, and authority.

Legislative Auditor's Report No. 14-06, April 2014

Legislative Auditor's Report No. 14-06, April 2014 - Report on the Implementation of State Auditor’s 2011 Recommendations

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* The Commission gratefully acknowledges  former Commissioner, Dr. Peter Hanohano, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for the translation of the Commission’s name.

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