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Help needed for students, faculty after K`au School contract revoked

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A day after the state pulled the plug, faculty, and close to a hundred students enrolled at a Ka`u charter school are in limbo on Tuesday. 

The Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission is scrambling to help those displaced at Ka`u Learning Academy before the start of the upcoming school year.   

The school's contract was revoked after it was cited for 22 Violations.

An investigation revealed state funds paid for cell phones for non faculty members, and were also used to pay for trips and credit card bills. 

The Department of Education reported student test scores were also tampered with, rendering all student scores invalid. 

"It's very disheartening that educators would make any of those type of decisions to mislead our youth," said Sione Thompson, the Executive Director of the Public Charter School Commission. "Just a few bad decisions from a few people had truly stolen education away from these children and it should not have happened and it should never happen again."

The state last revoked a charter in 2015, citing repeated misuse of funds at Halau Lokahi. 

Thompson says money is often an issue among Hawaii's charter schools. 

A total of 36 are in operation now, and by 2020, two more are expected to open on Kaua'i and O'ahu. 
 

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