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Part Two The Hawaii Constitution and Commentary, Art.X Education

Anne Feder Lee

From: The Hawaii State Constitution

Anne Lee Feder

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 07 May 2021

Hawaii’s public school system, one of the oldest in the nation, dates from 1840 during the reign of Kamehameha III. It has always been unique in its highly centralized nature, a characteristic often criticized. At the 1978 convention, those who favored decentralization in some form put up a valiant, but losing, fight. Abolition of the statewide system in favor of a completely decentralized one was never seriously considered, but the convention sitting as a committee of the whole spent a good deal of time debating proposals aimed at establishing a two-tiered...
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