The Hawaii Senate vice president on Friday accused Gov. David Ige of trying to circumvent the public input portion of the nomination process for new Board of Education members by failing to submit sufficient names for upcoming vacancies by an April 1 deadline.
The criticism came as the board prepares to choose a replacement for outgoing schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto, who has announced she won’t seek a new term after her contract expires July 30.
Sen. Michelle Kidani, chair of the Senate education committee, said in a statement the governor was “purposefully skirting” the advise and consent process, which allows for public input on nominees, so he could “name an interim Board member of his choosing.”
Kidani also said it was “especially concerning” because it “presents the opportunity for potential interference in the selection of the next superintendent.”
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