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An Appointed BOE would only be beholden to the appointer! by grassroothawaii
October 5, 2010, 10:28 am
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By George Berish

This is in response to an editorial published 10/2 in the Star Advertiser located here:

Dear Editor:

An appointed BOE beholden to its appointer seems foolish.  An OPED — Office of Public Education – modeled after OHA seems smarter.  Give OPED its 20%* of gross ceded land revenues, and a publicly elected Board.  Limit Board eligibility to parents whose children attend public schools.  But make its job lobbying for better public schools for all — instead of special perks for a few.

* NOTE: The “Admission Act” that admitted Hawaii to the Union “ceded” then federally owned land to the State in trust for 5 purposes:  Public education, bettering the condition of native Hawaiians, fostering home and farm ownership, public works, and parks.  OHA claims 20% of ceded land revenues based on it being 1 of the 5.  If that’s valid, then first-listed public education has an equally valid claim to 20%.

Today, parents beg for lawmakers attention, because they lack the millions other groups have to buy it, e.g. OHA, the teachers’ unions and Hawaii’s richest industry – Tourism (that competes with places that rely on poor education to produce cheap labor).

Creating OPED with a parents-only Board, and hundreds of millions for lobbying, would let parents command attention, not beg for it.  Schools would improve.


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