Fo­rum to ad­dress best way to choose Hawaii school board

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State Rep. Gene Ward spon­sors a com­mu­nity fo­rum and de­bate Tues­day (Oct. 5) on whether the state Board of Ed­u­ca­tion should be ap­pointed or re­main as an elected body.

The pro­gram is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ha­haione Ele­men­tary School cafe­te­ria.

BOE chair­man Gar­rett Toguchi will speak for an elected school board, fol­lowed by Hawaii’s Chil­dren First, a com­mit­tee ad­vo­cat­ing a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to ap­point board mem­bers. The mea­sure will be on the Nov. 2 gen­eral elec­tion bal­lot.

“I used to think an elected board was the only way to get re­forms im­ple­mented, un­til I re­al­ized that an elected board is part of the prob­lem that noth­ing gets done in a sys­tem that has no ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency in it,” ex­plained Ward, R-17th District, (Kalama Val­ley to Hawaii Kai).

“We hope to have a lively de­bate and win this ini­tia­tive,” he added, “though the voices of the dis­senters are joined by the blank votes in their fa­vor, be­cause blank votes are con­sid­ered the same as ‘no’ votes in con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment bal­lot­ing.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 586-6420.

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