Hawaii offers parents very limited school choice options. The state does not offer private school choice.
Public School Choice:
Hawaii has intra-district open enrollment to facilitate public school choice.
Private School Choice:
Hawaii does not offer private school choice.
According to the Center for Education Reform, Hawaii had one of the weakest charter school laws in the nation. However, new reforms were recently passed that could lead to improvements. For example, in 2012 the governor signed a bill that would give charter schools more freedom and allow a statewide, semi-independent commission to approve of new charters. These reforms are currently being implemented, and therefore, their effectiveness is still unknown. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools reports that approximately 10,000 children were enrolled in the state’s 32 charter schools in 2013.
According to the Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning report, Hawaii offers several state online learning programs, such as the E-School and Myron B. Thompson Academy. Hawaii also provides several supplemental online learning options, such as the private online Kamehameha Schools and the online tutoring program, also known as the University of Hawaii Online Learning Academy. There is also an online charter school, the Hawaii Technology Academy charter school. For the 2012-2013 school year, the state virtual school reported approximately 1,500 enrollments.
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