Charter School Choice
Does the state have charter schools?
Are for-profit charter schools or management companies allowed?
Is there a cap on the number of charter schools?
We did not find information about caps on charter schools in Hawaii statutes. A Hawaii policy expert indicated that Hawaii does not have caps on charter schools. Education Commission of the States states that Hawaii does not have caps on charter schools.
Are charters required to provide transportation for any students?
We did not find information about charter school transportation requirements in Hawaii statutes. A Hawaii policy expert indicated that there is no statutory requirement for charter schools to provide transportation to charter students in Hawaii. Education Commission of the States states that Hawaii does not specify who must provide transportation to charter school students.
Can charter schools employ uncertified teachers?
Charters must hire licensed teachers to teach in their fields of licensing. However, charters may hire unlicensed teachers in "emergency situations" on a case-by-case basis.
Virtual School Choice
Do state statutes allow for full-time virtual schools?
Charter schools have "flexibility and independent authority to implement alternative frameworks with regard to ... virtual education." Therefore, the definition of a charter school includes virtual instruction as a potential alternative framework for charters. We did not find explicit mention that virtual charter schools can be full-time; however, a policy expert in Hawaii indicated that Hawaii does allow for full-time virtual schools.
Are virtual schools required to track attendance?
We did not find information about virtual school attendance tracking requirements in Hawaii statutes. However, a Hawaii policy expert stated all schools, including virtual and blended programs, must track attendance.
Do virtual schools have to comply with state teacher certification requirements?
We did not find information about virtual school teacher certification requirements in Hawaii statutes. A Hawaii policy expert stated that virtual program teachers who are delivering direct instruction must be licensed.
Private School Choice
Does the state have voucher programs?
No voucher programs found.
Does the state have educational expense tuition tax credits or deductions?
No educational expense tax credits or deductions found.
Can students use vouchers to attend religious schools?
Is there a cap on the number of students or private schools participating in voucher programs?
Are voucher students in private schools required to take any standardized tests?
Can private schools be removed from voucher programs based on performance?
Are private schools in voucher programs required to provide transportation?
Interdistrict School Choice
Does the state have interdistrict choice programs?
Not applicable as Hawaii has a statewide school district.