Five Schools Receive Public School Charter Certificates

Governor Ben Cayetano with Superintendent Paul LaMehieu (left),
Board of Education Chairperson Mitsugi Nakashima (right), and
faculty and students of charter schools.

On May 5, 2000, Governor Ben Cayetano ushered in a new era in public education when he awarded five Hawaii public charter schools their charter certificates. "These schools will now have the freedom and flexibility to use more innovative approaches in educating our young people," said the Governor. "Hawaii will benefit greatly from this opportunity to explore new teaching methods and strategies."

"I commend the community of parents, teachers, and students at our first five charter schools for taking the lead in Hawaii."

Governor Cayetano, Board of Education Chairperson Mitsugi Nakashima, and Superintendent Paul LeMahieu issued the certificates, according to Act 62 (1999), which established "New Century Charter Schools" in Hawaii.

"These first public charter schools are the pioneers for all Hawaii schools," said BOE Chairperson Nakashima. "The paths they explore will help everyone evaluate the most effective educational settings and instructional methods," said BOE Chairperson Nakashima.

Superintendent LeMahieu said, "These public charter schools are free to innovate and stretch their wings in preparing their students to achieve the Hawaiii Content and Performance Standards. We wish them the best, and encourage them to fly to new heights."

Hawaii's first New Century Charter Schools are:

State law permits up to 25 charter schools in Hawaii. While the law relates only to New Century Charter Schools, most school proposals are including the word public in their name to make it clear that they are public schools.