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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