Guam – During a confirmation hearing for her reappointment to the island’s charter school council this morning, current Chairwoman Rosa Palomo asked lawmakers to better equip the council to help charter school’s succeed.
Palomo told Education Oversight Vice Chair Aline Yamashita and Committee Member Michael San Nicolas that her past three years on the council have been challenging. Pointing out the difficulty the council has had in meeting a quorum, Palomo asked that more members be appointed to serve.
Palomo noted that due to a lack of funding and because there is no staff member to assist with paperwork, none of the members have received their stipends. She also suggested some revisions to the law on charter schools to give the council more oversight power on existing charter schools and to provide funding to train members of the council.
Mentioning the challenges faced by the island’s only existing charter school, Palomo said she hopes to see more success during her next term.
Charter Council Member Joseph Cameron and Guam Education Board Chairman Dr Jose Cruz both testified in favor of Palomo’s reappointment this morning.