Who else received a phone call from Kua O Ka La Public Charter School today, with the information that breakfast will not be served until further notice?
Merritt Gibbons Mayer has a kindergartener entering Kua O Ka La and this afternoon received an automated message regarding the lack of breakfast.
Does the Department of Education and the State Charter School Commission not understand the profound poverty that exists in Hawaii and the fact that the only meals for many children here are the ones received at school? Hunger is a real problem here.
Thinking about this Kua O Ka La decision, I envision overweight bureaucrats on Oahu, totally comfortable in air conditioned and finely furnished offices, with total lack of perspective of education and schools’ purpose in these island communities that comprise Hawaii.
If children in Hawaii don’t get to eat breakfast at school, then those bureaucrats should not get one dime of per diem. Not one of them should go out to eat on the public’s dime.
This comes on the heels of Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science Public Charter School announcing DOE’s decision not to allow public charter school students on the same buses as students attending traditional DOE schools.
HAAS also fears, with funding cuts handed down from the state Charter School Commission, that meals will be cut and even educators won’t be paid at the end of the year.
Is it becoming obvious to you that charter schools are the DOE’s bastards?
This is unacceptable, and I think DOE is going to see a community start a revolution calling for educational reform as a result of these cuts in food and transportation for children.