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The Hawaii State Board of Education’s mission is to equip all public school students with the skills and knowledge required to lead them into lives of responsible citizenship.

The board develops statewide educational policy, adopts standards for student achievement, monitors school success, appoints the superintendent of education and oversees the public library system. It also develops curriculum, proposes the education budget and participates in collective bargaining between Hawaii and the teachers union.

Hawaii State Constitution Article 10 outlines the board’s powers. The board’s general business meetings are held twice a month and minutes from past meetings are posted online.

In recent years, the board has been trying to guide Hawaii’s public education system through federal requirements established by the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. Since 2007, the school system’s progress has flagged under annual requirements that are becoming increasingly challenging.

History
The current board of education is appointed by the governor. But it wasn’t always that way.

Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle beginning in 2004 tried unsuccessfully to divide the statewide board into seven local school boards. In 2010, Lingle proposed to reform the educational system by eliminating the board and making the superintendent an appointed cabinet-level position. The Legislature rejected the idea, and then passed its own proposal for an appointed board of education. This appeared on ballots in the form of a constitutional amendment.

Voters on Nov. 2, 2010 passed the amendment by 57.4 percent to replace the elected board of education with one appointed by the governor. They also elected an outgoing Board of Education that held their seats until Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s board appointees were confirmed in April 2011.

Members
The governor appoints nine members on staggered terms to the Board of Education, subject to Senate approval. A 10th non-voting student representative is elected annually by the Hawaii State Student Council.

Board Powers
The Hawaii State Constitution of 1959 established a 14-member board of education to define policy for and oversee Hawaii’s newly founded statewide school district. The board now consists of nine voting members, one non-voting student representative and one non-voting military representative.

Hawaii State Constitution Article 10 outlines the board’s powers. The document originally stipulated that the board’s members would be appointed by the governor. In 1964, an amendment was passed that gave voters the responsibility for electing board of education members (the student member is elected by the Hawaii State Student Council). Hawaii’s first elected board of education took office in December 1966. Twice after that, voters rejected amendments that would have returned the state to an appointed board. When the amendment appeared on ballots for a third time in 2010, voters approved it by 57 percent.

Board Of Education

October 2017

Thursday, October 12

Educators: Pidgin Belongs In Hawaii Schools

August 2017

Wednesday, August 2

New Hawaii Schools Chief’s First Priority: Listening

May 2017

Friday, May 19

New Hawaii Schools Chief Selected

Thursday, May 4

School Superintendent Selection Looms As 2 Finalists Speak

March 2017

Tuesday, March 21

Search For New Schools’ Chief Continues To Raise Concerns

Monday, March 13

The Search For A New Hawaii Schools Chief Just Suffered A Major Setback

February 2017

Tuesday, February 7

Audit: Some DOE Employees Still Start Work Before Being Cleared

December 2016

Tuesday, December 20

School Board Adopts Timeline In Search For Superintendent

Blueprint For Education Still Being Refined, School Board Told

Monday, December 12

Union Joins Effort To Let More People See School Board Meetings

Tuesday, December 6

Principals Push For A Louder Voice In Public Education Reform Efforts

October 2016

Monday, October 31

Hawaii Teacher: Why Teachers Won’t Miss Kathryn Matayoshi

Wednesday, October 26

Matayoshi To Be Replaced

September 2016

Thursday, September 29

BOE Member Quits; Raps Ige

June 2016

Thursday, June 23

AG Asked To Check AC Bids

Tuesday, June 21

Another Hot School Year Looms As Air Conditioning Initiative Delayed

Tuesday, June 14

New Pick For Board Of Education

May 2016

Monday, May 23

Kim Coco Iwamoto For Senate

April 2016

Tuesday, April 19

Honolulu Rail Project Expected To Cost The DOE Millions For New Schools

Oahu School Renamed For Dan Inouye

Friday, April 8

The Changing Face Of Sex Education In Hawaii’s Public Schools

March 2016

Monday, March 28

Will Hawaii’s Teacher Evaluation System Get Scrapped?

Tuesday, March 8

Hawaii’s Public Charter School Movement At A Crossroads

Tuesday, March 1

HSTA Tax Hike Dies, Support Doesn’t

February 2016

Monday, February 22

A High School For Patsy Mink

August 2015

Monday, August 24

First-Ever Head of Hawaiian Education Foresees ‘Revolutionary’ Changes

April 2015

Thursday, April 16

Who Should Be Appointed to the Board of Education?

March 2015

Wednesday, March 25

Hawaii Monitor: Ethics Commission Ruling Draws Teachers’ Union Lawsuit

April 2014

Tuesday, April 8

Activists Urge Senators to Block Pastor From Another Term on Hawaii BOE

Wednesday, April 2

Hawaii Lawmakers Mull Tempering Sharp Increase in Teaching Hours

November 2013

Tuesday, November 26

Underage Voters?

October 2013

Wednesday, October 16

DOE Gets Heat for Tardy $25M Request for Classroom Cooling

June 2013

Thursday, June 27

Department of Education Risks Millions With Digital Classroom Program

April 2013

Saturday, April 27

Public Preschool Plan, School Lands Development Bills Down To Final Test

Saturday, April 20

Hana High School Girls Earn ‘Life-Changing’ Gates Millennium Scholarships

Wednesday, April 17

Taken for a Ride: Will Innovative School Bus Plan Really Bring Down Costs?

Wednesday, April 3

Ed Board: Teachers Not Abusing Sick Leave

March 2013

Monday, March 25

Hawaii Teachers Union Reaches Deal With State On New Contract

Wednesday, March 20

BOE Demands Safeguards Amid Uncertainty Over Education Budget Cuts

Tuesday, March 5

Bills to Develop School Lands Face Major Vote

February 2013

Wednesday, February 27

Gov: Teachers Union Leaders Holding Up New Contract Agreement

Wednesday, February 20

Board of Education Spurs DOE Officials To Fix School Bus Program Faster

Wednesday, February 6

Hawaii Ed Department’s Food Service Problems Mirror School Bus Woes

Tuesday, February 5

Hawaii School Board Scrutinizes High Teacher Sick Leave, Turnover Rates

January 2013

Saturday, January 26

State Rejects Hawaii Teachers Union’s ‘Billion-Dollar’ Contract Offer

Wednesday, January 16

Teachers Union Wants What UPW Got — Bigger Raises, Better Benefits

December 2012

Saturday, December 22

Can Hawaii Kindergarteners Flunk Their Teachers?

Wednesday, December 12

Hawaii Teacher Evaluation Concerns Keep State, Union From Agreement

Saturday, December 8

FBI Drops Investigation of Hawaii School Bus Company Collusion

Thursday, December 6

Hawaii Lawmakers: How Much Will School Bus Overhaul Cost Us?

Wednesday, December 5

Board Members Want More Answers From Consultant’s Bus Study

November 2012

Thursday, November 29

Hawaii Ethics Commission: Charter School Workers Are State Employees

Tuesday, November 20

Taken For A Ride: Hawaii School Bus Study Pau, But DOE Not Making It Public

Saturday, November 3

Teachers Union Launches Website for New Contract

October 2012

Wednesday, October 24

Board Chair: Schools’ Brick-And-Mortar Projects ‘Woefully’ Underfunded

Thursday, October 18

Taken For A Ride: We Finally Have The Answer, Hawaii Dept of Ed Says

Wednesday, October 17

Board Sends Education Budget to Governor

September 2012

Wednesday, September 19

Hawaii Education Department Wants Budget Exemptions

Sunday, September 9

School Bullies: Hawaii Gay Kids Face High Risk Of Harassment

July 2012

Friday, July 27

School Bullies: Hawaii Still Struggling To Help Tormented Kids

Friday, July 20

Aiea Mom: School Bus Cuts Are Putting My Kids’ Lives In Danger

Tuesday, July 17

More Hawaii Schools Meeting Federal Annual Progress Goals

Wednesday, July 4

Hawaii Rescues 29 School Bus Routes From Chopping Block

June 2012

Saturday, June 30

Hawaii Cuts 103 School Bus Routes

School Superintendent Worked to Create Culture of Change

Wednesday, June 20

Closer — But School District Still Can’t Decide On School Bus Cuts

Thursday, June 7

Taken For A Ride: DOE Hoping Consultant Finds Answers to Bus Woes

May 2012

Wednesday, May 2

Taken For A Ride: No Bus Cuts for Elementary Kids?

April 2012

Monday, April 30

Taken For A Ride: Ed Board Considers How To Fill A $17M Hole

Wednesday, April 18

Hawaii Ed Board Embraces ‘Opportunity’ to Pass Teacher Evaluations

Tuesday, April 10

House Kills Teacher Eval Bill, But Ed Board Policy Survives

February 2012

Wednesday, February 22

Board of Ed: New Policies for Teacher Evaluations

Wednesday, February 8

Ed Board Chair Defends Progress, Says Public Can Give Grade Next Month

January 2012

Friday, January 20

Off The Beat: Teachers Give Union, State ‘F’ Grade

December 2011

Friday, December 23

Off The Beat: Time for Education Officials to Walk the Talk

October 2011

Thursday, October 20

Some Hawaii Teachers Ignore Ethics Code

Tuesday, October 4

Hawaii Ed Board To Revote On Grad Policy

Monday, October 3

Capitol Watch: Oct. 4

September 2011

Thursday, September 22

In the Dark About Possible Sunshine Violation

Tuesday, September 20

POSSE Challenges Ed Board on Sunshine Law Compliance

Board Unfazed by Ed Department’s Reversal on Grad Requirements

Wednesday, September 7

Hawaii Ed Board Asks Tough Questions

Saturday, September 3

State Left 10 Concessions in Teachers Contract

August 2011

Monday, August 8

Hawaii Students Have Trouble Seeing the Big Picture

Saturday, August 6

Other Students Reported Sexual Messages from Educational Assistant

Monday, August 1

Back To School For Hawaii Students, Not All Leaders

July 2011

Saturday, July 30

Why We Need to Preserve Social Studies in Hawaii

Wednesday, July 20

Hawaii Ed Board Plans Neighbor Island Visits

Hawaii School Bus Fares Go Up, Some Meals, Too

Thursday, July 7

Off the Beat: Public Teachers’ Contract A Private Affair?

June 2011

Saturday, June 25

‘Last, Best, Final Offer’ For Hawaii Teacher Contracts

Tuesday, June 21

Chairman: Hawaii Ed Board Not ‘Out of Touch’

Wednesday, June 15

Has The Hawaii Board Of Education Been To School?

Friday, June 10

Board of Education: Affluent And Involved

Wednesday, June 8

New Board Of Ed Called ‘Unavailable, Inaccessible’

Tuesday, June 7

New Hawaii Ed Board Tackles Budget Cuts

May 2011

Friday, May 27

Hawaii Education Board’s Audit Plans Take Shape

Tuesday, May 3

Ed Board To Finalize Superintendent’s Contract

April 2011

Thursday, April 28

The Audit’s The Thing

Wednesday, April 27

New Hawaii Board Of Education All Business

Tuesday, April 26

New Hawaii Ed Board Kicks Off With Private Meeting With Abercrombie

Discussion: Board of Education

Chair of Hawaii’s New Ed Board Begins Balancing Act

Thursday, April 21

Appointed Hawaii Ed Board Posts First Agenda

Thursday, April 14

Hawaii’s Appointed Board of Ed Now In Business

Monday, April 11

Getting Personal With Board Of Ed Appointees

Saturday, April 9

Board Of Ed Nominees Promise Culture Change

Hawaii Board of Ed: The Final Four

Thursday, April 7

Committee Approves Five Hawaii Ed Board Appointees

Tuesday, April 5

What Hawaii Senate Will Ask Ed Board Nominees

March 2011

Thursday, March 31

Abercrombie Takes Cues On Schools From Aiona

Wednesday, March 30

Hawaii Governor Appoints Board of Education

Tuesday, March 15

Off the Beat: Furlough Fridays Forgotten?

Gov Can Move Ahead On Ed Board Appointments

Friday, March 4

Queen Liliuokalani School Closing This Summer

Thursday, March 3

Hawaii Ed Board Now in Governor’s Hands

February 2011

Thursday, February 24

Appointed Ed Board Bill Hits a Speed Bump

Wednesday, February 23

Gov-Appointed Ed Board All But A Done Deal

Tuesday, February 15

Capitol Watch: Feb. 16

Committee Postpones Vote on School Consolidations

Friday, February 11

Abercrombie Could Seat New Ed Board By March

Let The Governor Pick Board of Ed Members

January 2011

Saturday, January 29

Ed Department Raises School Meal Prices Anyway

Tuesday, January 25

Ousted Hawaii Education Board Still Negotiating Teacher Contract

Momentum Builds for Abercrombie Ed Board Plan

Monday, January 24

Gov: Education Reforms Start With Appointed BOE

Saturday, January 8

Ed Board Appointees Could Take Seats By Summer

December 2010

Friday, December 17

On The Chopping Block: School Meals Or Programs

Tuesday, December 14

Hawaii Students Not College-Ready, But They’re Not Alone

School Closure: ‘It Ain’t Just Money’

Friday, December 3

Lame Duck Ed Board Re-Elects Toguchi As Chair

November 2010

Tuesday, November 30

New Ed Board Takes Office — Briefly

Thursday, November 4

Opposition to Appointed BOE Grew in Final Days

Monday, November 1

The Last Word: Garrett Toguchi on Why Voters Should Reject Appointed Ed Board

October 2010

Sunday, October 31

The Last Word: Randy Baldemor on Why Voters Should Choose Appointed Ed Board

Thursday, October 28

Voters Elect Ed Board Members for the Last Time

Elected Board Of Education Gets Permanent Furlough

Wednesday, October 27

A Surprising Conversation with Teachers Union President

Civil Beat Poll: Voters Lining Up Behind Appointed Ed Board

Tuesday, October 26

Teachers Union Gears Up Opposition To Amendment

Monday, October 25

Hawaii’s Children First Raises Another $300K

Meet The Leeward BOE Candidates

Thursday, October 21

Money Behind The Movement For An Appointed Ed Board

Wednesday, October 20

The Forgotten Board Of Education Race

Saturday, October 16

Aiona & Abercrombie Duel Over Ed Board

Thursday, October 14

Civil Beat Poll: Majority of Voters Back Appointed Board of Education

Tuesday, October 5

True Education Reform Will Require Going Beyond Changing Ed Board

Saturday, October 2

HSTA to Teachers: “NO”

September 2010

Thursday, September 30

Read Up on Hawaii’s Ed Board Amendment

Tuesday, September 21

Why Is A Blank Vote A “No” Vote?

Friday, September 17

Decision Time: Appointed Vs. Elected Ed Board

Thursday, September 16

Apathy In Board Of Ed Elections

Tuesday, September 14

Mystery Surrounding Superintendent Hire

Board Of Ed Hires Matayoshi As New Superintendent

August 2010

Thursday, August 12

Before Heading to Harvard, Former Student Ed Board Member Talks About How to Improve Schools

Wednesday, August 11

Former Student Member of Education Board ‘Can’t Sugarcoat Toguchi’s Horrible Leadership’

Thursday, August 5

Discussion: Board of Education Election 2010

Grassroots Campaigning For The Board of Education

July 2010

Friday, July 30

Who Are The Board Of Education Candidates?

Thursday, July 29

What Happens to Vacated Board of Education Seat?

Tuesday, July 27

Gov. Candidates On Appointed Education Board

Saturday, July 24

Show Us the Data. Is That Too Much to Ask?

Friday, July 23

Who Is the Elected Board of Education?

Sunday, July 18

Elected Ed Board Member Supports Appointed Board

Friday, July 16

UPDATE: BOE Chairman Fired Executive Director

Wednesday, July 14

Committee Approves New Graduation Requirements

June 2010

Tuesday, June 29

Ed Board ‘Lessens’ Special Ed Cuts, Shares $15M Cut With Other Programs

Tuesday, June 22

Gov. May Veto Process For Appointing Ed Board

May 2010

Friday, May 14

Appointed Ed Board Proposal Will Complicate Elections

Wednesday, May 12

Discussion: Elected Vs. Appointed Board Of Education

No Data Supporting Appointed Ed Board Over Elected

Friday, May 7

UPDATE: Confusion Over Impact Of November Election On Appointed Ed Board

Message to Kids: Don’t do what we do. Or what we say.

Thursday, May 6

Feds: Union Wrong, Teachers Can Work Legally For Free

Tuesday, May 4

UPDATE: Vast Majority of Local School Boards in U.S. Elected

Monday, May 3

Discussion: Education

Sunday, May 2

Arguments Against Elected Board Of Education Sound Familiar

April 2010

Thursday, April 29

How Hawaii Could Have Avoided Furlough Fridays Embarrassment

Wednesday, April 28

Voters to Decide Whether Hawaii Governor Appoints Board of Education

The High Cost of Saving Money with Furlough Fridays