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Appoints and delegates administrative authority to its appointed executive officers, the Superintendent of Education and the State Librarian, to administer programs of public education and public library services, as provided by law and in accordance with board-adopted policies, rules, regulations, and program and financial plans; and annually reviews and evaluates the performance of the Superintendent of Education and the State Librarian in meeting the board's expectations and priority directions.

In accordance with Chapter 91, HRS, adopts rules of general or particular applicability and future effect that implement, interpret, or prescribe law or policy, or the procedure or practice requirements of the department affecting private rights of, or procedures available to, the public.

In accordance with Chapter 92, HRS, and the Board of Education By-Laws,
conducts public meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of every month, and special meetings as required, for the purpose of transacting official board business; receives requests and petitions from the public; receives reports from the Superintendent of Education, the State Librarian, board committees, commissions, and student representatives; and expresses board concerns.

Provides policy direction and review for the development of the department's proposed sections of State strategic plans, such as the Hawaii State Plan and the State Education Functional Plan as provided by Chapter 226, HRS; provides leadership and direction in development of department-initiated strategic plans.

Establishes goals and priorities for the development and implementation of the department's program and financial plans as provided by Chapter 37, HRS; approves the department's budget requests.

Adopts an organization plan for the department as provided by Chapter 26, HRS.

Adopts a staffing and personnel management plan for the department as provided by Chapter 26, 76, 77 and other applicable provisions of HRS.

Adopts administrative policies and regulations relating to the management of the statewide systems of public schools and public libraries.

Adopts student performance standards and assessment models, and monitors school success.

On its own motion or pursuant to a petition, conducts hearings and other proceedings for the purpose of obtaining information necessary or helpful in the determination of its policies, the carrying out of its duties, or the formulation of its rules.

On petition of an interested person, issues a declaratory order as to the applicability of any statutory provision or of any rule or order of the Board of Education.

Conducts a public affairs program to inform the public about major accomplishments and to communicate the Board of Education's position on public policy issues pertaining to the public school and library systems.

Designates not more than two Board of Education members to serve on the State's team for negotiating collective bargaining agreements with agents of bargaining units 05 (teachers) and 06 (educational officers) in accordance with Chapter 89, HRS Collective Bargaining.

Maintains liaison with the Governor and the Legislature on matters affecting governance of public education.

Maintains liaison with other state and national level agencies that share a common interest in furthering the cause of public education in America.