The State Public Charter School Commission (PCSC) or “the Commission” is the State of Hawaii’s authorizer and currently the sole authorizer in the state. The mission of the Commission is "to authorize high-quality public charter schools throughout the State." The Commission is a diverse and talented group of leaders appointed by the Hawaii Board of Education on an upaid, volunteer basis.
The Commission is made up of nine members, all of whom meet the following qualifications:
- Commitment to education. Each member's record demostrates a deep and abiding interest in education, and a dedication to the social, academic, and character development of young people through the administration of a high performing charter school system.
- Record of integrity, civic virtue, and high ethical standards. Each member demonstrates integrity, civic virtue, and high ethical standards and is willing to hold fellow Commission members to the same.
- Availability for constructive engagement. Each member is committed to being a conscientious and attentive Commission member.
- Knowledge of best practices. Each member has an understanding of best practices in charter school educational governance or is willing to be trained in such.
Pursuant to Act 130, 2012 Session Law, the Charter School Administrative Office is the designated staff of the Commission.
The Commission By-Laws (PDF) is attached immediately below: