Ed Board Appointees Could Take Seats By Summer

Gov. Neil Abercrombie's first appointments to the Hawaii State Board of Education could be confirmed by summer, Senate Education Chairwoman Jill Tokuda said in a Twitter town hall meeting Friday.

Voters in November passed a constitutional amendment to replace the current elected board with one appointed by the governor, but there was no legislation attached outlining the makeup of the appointed board and how its members would be selected.

Tokuda is the first Hawaii lawmaker to hold a public town hall meeting on the popular social networking site. Eight people asked a total of 15 questions via Twitter. The event, centered on the process for appointing board of education members, drew 27 participants, with almost 36,000 followers collectively.

"From what we can tell, there were a number of people observing and not tweeting comments," which made it difficult to calculate the number of actual viewers, Tokuda told Civil Beat.

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