Hawaii Board of Education Amendment, Question 1 (2010)
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The measure called for amending the state constitution to provide that the governor be allowed to nominate, with the consent of the Senate, and appoint members of the Board of Education. Additionally, the measure allowed for a period of transition from the election to appointed board.
- See also: 2010 ballot measure election results
|Question 1 (Board of Education)|
Official results via Hawaii Office of Elections.
Text of measure
The ballot title read:
"Shall the Board of Education be changed to a board 13 appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of 14 the Senate, as provided by law?
Section 2. There shall be a board of education
In 1964 the state of Hawaii converted from an appointed to an elected school board. According to reports, the proposed appointed school board would have functioned similarly to the University of Hawaii Board of Regents, also appointed by the governor.
- See also: Polls, 2010 ballot measures
- An October 12-19, 2010 poll by Ward Research for the Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now revealed that 53% of polled voters support the amendment, while 35% oppose the proposed measure and 11% remained undecided.
|Date of Poll||Pollster||In favor||Opposed||Undecided||Number polled|
|Oct. 12-19, 2010||Ward Research||53%||35%||11%||-|
Path to the ballot
In Hawaii, the state legislature is required to approve a proposed amendment by a supermajority vote of 2/3rds but the same amendment can also qualify for the ballot if successive sessions of the Hawaii State Legislature approved it by a simple majority.
Several legislative bills were proposed relating to the selection of Hawaii Board of Education members. Senate Bill 2570 proposed allowing the governor to appoint the school board and allowing the school board to appoint the superintendent. Senate Bill 2571, on the other hand, called for allowing the governor to appoint board members from a list of qualified candidates. The list would have been organized and selected by a selection advisory council. The board would have appointed the superintendent. Neither bill was approved.
- House Bill 2376 status summary
- HB 2376 full text
- 2010 Voter Information Brochure
- Hawaii 2010 Election Results
- Star-Advertiser,"8 state and city proposals on ballot," October 31, 2010
- Associated Press,"Debate held on whether to appoint BOE," October 5, 2010
- KHNL/KGMB,"Group urges people to vote for appointed education board," August 8, 2010
- Honolulu Advertiser,"Hawaii Legislature focusing on targeted tax hikes, special funds," April 7, 2010
- Hawaii Legislature,"HB 2376 full text," accessed July 20, 2010
- "Notice of Proposed Amendments to the Constitution of the State of Hawaii."
- Honolulu Advertiser,"Election of BOE may go on Hawaii ballot," March 31, 2010
- Star Advertiser,"Voters favor an appointed school board," October 26, 2010
- Hawaii State Legislature,"HB 2376 status," accessed July 20, 2010
- Star Bulletin,"House committee considers bills that allow governor to appoint BOE," March 30, 2010
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