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Charter School Task Force to hold first meeting this week

A new group reviewing management of Hawaii’s charter schools is meeting for the first time this week.

The Charter School Task Force, which was created by a law signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie last week, will meet at the Hawaii Capitol on Wednesday.

The law calls for the task force to develop lines of accountability between the charter school system and government education leaders.

The group also will outline oversight responsibilities, discuss funding levels and identify how charter schools’ governance structure connects to the state education agency.

Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Jill Tokuda (D, Kaneohe-Kailua) says she wants to ensure that accountability and monitoring systems are in place.

The task force has scheduled five meetings, and it will make recommendations to the Legislature before next year’s session.

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