This evening, August 27th, 2010, a student-produced documentary on charter schools and educational reform will make its debut screening at the Hilo Palace Theater. The film, a year-long project of HAAS Productions, is entitled “Class of 2010”. The production team is based out of Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science public charter school and sponsored by the Pahoa non-profit Arts & Science Center. I encourage everyone who cares about our community, our children, our future, and educational reform in Hawaii to come support the students this evening. For more information click here…
Here in the most depressed area of the State of Hawaii, we have a thriving charter school led by current candidate for Lt. Governor, Steve Hirakami. (Check out Steve’s website here.)
What’s amazing is that Steve and his cadre of dedicated parents and educators built this school against all odds, you might say “with one hand tied behind their back”. Keep in mind that Charter schools get only a fraction of the funding that traditional DOE schools get. But what’s even more amazing is the quality of education kids are getting at HAAS. How do I know? My son graduated from HAAS, my wife teaches Japanese language there, I used to sit on the local school board, and I volunteer when my schedule permits. But don’t believe me. Check out this trailer produced by HAAS students.
And it makes you think: if HAAS can put quality back into education with minimal funding, imagine what the DOE could do with the same kind of leadership.