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My husband and I are residents and landlords in Naalehu, Hawaii. In our residential development, we have a public charter school, Kau Learning Academy. The Hawaii State Charter Commission gave only five days notice on their web site of a community meeting it was to host in our community with this announcement:
The Hawaiʻi State Public Charter School Commission (SPCSC) invites Kaʻu Learning Academy (KLA) families and community members to a community meeting on Monday, January 29, 2018 at the Discovery Harbour Community Association Assembly Hall at 94-1604 Makaliʻi Street in Naʻalehu. The meeting will take place from from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. SPCSC will be there to talk with the community about the Commission, its oversight duties of all public charter schools, including KLA, and to explain the Commission’s recent action in issuing the Notice of Prospect of Revocation, the first step of a multi-step process. The Commission will provide information and also receive feedback from the KLA and Kaʻu community.
The following video is the public comment period of the meeting. SPCSC Executive Director Seone Thompson would not allow KLA School Director Kathryn Tydlacka-McCowen speak to the community for more than two minutes. Instead of giving her time to speak, as the community obviously wanted, Mr. Thompson shut down the meeting commentary and refused to allow any to speak. The picture below shows a frustrated community member trying to have a voice, and Mr. Thompson ignoring her.
The community is ignored. No questions were answered. The meeting was shut down because the Hawaii State Public Charter School Executive Director was unable to conduct an orderly and open community meeting.
On February 19, 2018 I sent the following letter to the Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission asking them to develop and adopt guidelines for the Commission’s community meetings.
Click here for a PDF copy of the letter.