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Hawaii's appointed school board: Making the grade?


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 14, 2013

~~<p>More than two years have passed since Hawaii's Board of Education appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie replaced a school board elected by voters &mdash; with today marking term expirations for the first two of Abercrombie's nine appointees, Kim Gennaula and Charlene Cua&shy;resma.</p>
<p>The switch from elected to appointed school board was hotly debated in the fall of 2010, with voters ultimately passing a state constitutional amendment allowing the change. Back then, advocates called an appointed board a crucial key to improving Hawaii's troubled public school system. The question today: Has it made any difference?</p>
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More than two years have passed since Hawaii's Board of Education appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie replaced a school board elected by voters — with today marking term expirations for the first two of Abercrombie's nine appointees, Kim Gennaula and Charlene Cua­resma.

The switch from elected to appointed school board was hotly debated in the fall of 2010, with voters ultimately passing a state constitutional amendment allowing the change. Back then, advocates called an appointed board a crucial key to improving Hawaii's troubled public school system. The question today: Has it made any difference? Login for more...



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