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February 14, 2011

Good Choice

The governor's first appointment to the Board of Education, ostensibly to first fill a position vacated by Lei Ahu Isa, who resigned last month, is First Hawaiian Bank CEO, Don Horner. If all goes according to plan, Horner will then be approved by the legislature, as required, for the voter-approved chosen Board of Education.

Not only is he a public school graduate, but Horner possesses the kind of pragmatic, real-world experience that should most certainly be represented on this Board. When someone of Horner's stature and reputation decides to make this commitment, you have to think that our keiki will ultimately be the beneficiaries. Let's hope the legislature can quickly decide the process by which to approve aspiring BOE members so that this important governing body can start to move on the task at hand.

With his background as an empathetic leader of a major, local bank and his years of experience as a contributor on non-profit and educational boards in Hawaii, Horner's acceptance of his new role is a solid start in the new world of public education decision-making.  Whether or not you agree with an appointed Board vs. the traditional, elected school Board, we all need to get behind the efforts of this evolving unit as it looks to make fundamental, rational changes to help improve our public education system. Too many people have pontificated for far too long about the need to support and possibly change the bureaucracy. The time has come for action, and this appointment is a fine first move. Think about it…

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