Low turnout at fair to find new schools for Halau Lokahi students

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The Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission held a fair Wednesday to help families of a troubled charter school.

The fair, which took place at Farrington High School, was meant to help Halau Lokahi families find new schools for their children.

But very few parents showed up.

“There is some sentiment among some of the parents to fight and not look at other options now, and we’ve been really urging them to look out for what’s best in their child’s interest,” said Tom Hutton, the commission’s executive director, “because the process of revoking a charter in our system never envisioned a system where the charter was out of money.”

Also on Wednesday, the commission said it would release enough funds to pay Halau Lokahi teachers and staff through the end of the month in order to allow families and staff two more weeks to make transitions to new schools and employers.

Last week, the commission voted to commence the process of revoking the school’s charter contract, the latest action resulting from the school’s longstanding financial troubles.

At one point, the school had racked up more than $400,000 in debt with $100,000 in undocumented expenses.

Halau Lokahi has the option to challenge the vote to close the school.

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