More Than Zero

More Than Zerois an effort to obtain facilities funding support from the Hawaii State Legislature and Governor Abercrombie for public charter schools.The “Charter Schools Funding Task Force Report” to the 2011 Hawaii State Legislature and "On The Level? Policy, Law and the Charter School Movement,” a report by the Legislative Reference Bureau in 2002, clearly stated that charter schools should receive facilities funding.

Why support funding for charter schools facilities?

• It is the obligation of the State of Hawaii to provide for facilities for public schools.
The Hawaii State Constitution, Article X states, "The State shall provide for the establishment, support and control of a statewide system of public schools free from sectarian control, a state university, public libraries and such other educational institutions as may be deemed desirable, including physical facilities therefor.”

• Charter schools are public schools and do not charge tuition.

• Most charter schools get $0 for facilities support.

• Unlike schools that are provided facilities by the state, charter schools must use their per pupil funding to also pay for facilities. This often means less money to support their academic program.

• Charter school enrollment increased to nearly 10,000 students.

• Beginning 2013-14 there will be 33 charter schools in Hawaii.

• "Research shows the quality of school facilities can play an important role in determining student achievement," as stated in"Schools Getting Makeover to Support Race to the Top Initiative."Transforming Hawaii's Public Schools. Hawaii State Department of Education, Oct. 2011. Web. 20 Mar. 2013. <>.

By signing this petition you are joining parents, students, communities and school staff in their efforts to support quality public educational options in Hawaii.

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  • deanna Wentworth I have put my son through a charter school and I have worked at a charter school for 8 years. It is an incredible valuable resource in our community and is in dire need of facility support to fulfill its mission. The stress and pressure our administrators have to endure to come up with the day to day funding let alone any big funding is a disgrace and taking away from our dear childrens education and future. I beg of our government to see the light and fund the facilitiy needs of our charter schools, it is only basic and decent...

  • Linda Hussey WHEA has been the catalyst for a monumental change in my daughter. She went from being a shy girl to a confident young lady. Someone who was hesitant to speak to strangers to a well spoken educated person who is now able to speak in front of groups of people. I believe that being in a smaller school setting that allows for more one on one teacher to student time as well as self guided learning is the reason. My daughter is afforded the opportunity to study things that matter to her as well as to the world, not just memorize text from a book that she will out likely forget by the time she graduates.

    Please consider funding charter schools.

  • Lisa Haake WHEA is an incredible school and should receive funding for facilities.

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