Hawaii Board of Education members will meet a few hours later than usual Oct. 20 in hopes of attracting a larger audience and encouraging greater public participation.
The BOE has been criticized for a lack of accessibility. Hawaii is the only state with a single school district and Board of Education, and it typically meets at 1:30 p.m. — making attendance difficult even for parents who live in Honolulu.
Staff members have been working to address BOE transparency and accessibility this year by adding more information to items on the meeting agendas and making the meeting minutes more descriptive, BOE Executive Director Alison Kunishige told Civil Beat this summer. The BOE is now also broadcasting live audio of its meetings online and via telephone.