HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A member of the Hawaii Board of Education is resigning in protest over Gov. David Ige's handling of public schools.
Jim Williams, who's been on the board since 2011, submitted his resignation letter Thursday, saying Ige's "lack of faith in and support of the Board have sapped my enthusiasm." In particular, he said the governor set up his own team, the Every Student Succeeds Act, to deal with new federal education laws – without informing the board.
Ige responded by thanking Williams for his service.
Williams previously served as head of the Hawaii Employer-Union Benefits Trust Fund and Hawaii State Teachers Association. He was a teacher at Kaunakakai Elementary School and Molokai High School.