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Jessica Terrell

The Heat Is On State Lawmakers To Cool Off School Classrooms PF Bentley/Civil Beat

The Heat Is On State Lawmakers To Cool Off School Classrooms

A teachers union proposal to raise taxes for wide-ranging education improvements is a long shot, but just about everyone is talking about more air conditioning.
Do Parents And Teachers Really Have A Say In How Schools Run? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Do Parents And Teachers Really Have A Say In How Schools Run?

A decade after Act 51 mandated that each school in Hawaii have a school community council, it’s unclear how well the system is — or isn’t — working. 
BOE Forms Investigative Committee To Explore Charter School Oversight PF Bentley/Civil Beat

BOE Forms Investigative Committee To Explore Charter School Oversight

The state school board says concerns over charter schools and the commission that oversees them warrants a closer look.
Charter School Oversight Is An Increasingly Contentious Issue Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Charter School Oversight Is An Increasingly Contentious Issue

Comments from a recent Board of Education listening tour highlight the troubled relationship between charter schools and the state agency tasked with overseeing them.
CDC Secrecy Over UH Biolab Safety Failures Challenged In Court Flickr: NIAID

CDC Secrecy Over UH Biolab Safety Failures Challenged In Court

Updated: A Hawaii law center is suing the Centers for Disease Control to release a safety report critical of a University of Hawaii biolab.
Union Dues Case Before High Court Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Union Dues Case Before High Court

Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association could have a huge impact on public sector unions nationwide, and Hawaii unions are watching the case carefully.
Are Charter Schools Funded Equitably? Lawmakers Want Clearer Numbers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Are Charter Schools Funded Equitably? Lawmakers Want Clearer Numbers

Legislators consider money requests from the Charter School Commission and the state Department of Education.
Why Are Online Classes, Degrees Hard To Get At The University Of Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Are Online Classes, Degrees Hard To Get At The University Of Hawaii?

UH Manoa offers two fully online degree programs, a stark contrast to the 16 programs offered on average at comparable institutions.
‘What The Hell Have I Gotten Myself Into?’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘What The Hell Have I Gotten Myself Into?’

A reporter discovers an unusual homeless camp in Waianae — and learns a lot about herself in the process.

University Of Hawaii Seeks A Speedier Path To Graduation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

University Of Hawaii Seeks A Speedier Path To Graduation

Two-thirds of UH Manoa students may not be taking all the courses they need to graduate in four years. Can a new computer program change that and save the state millions?

Christmas Brings Gifts, And Possibly Toilets, To Homeless Encampment Jessica Terrell/ Civil Beat

Christmas Brings Gifts, And Possibly Toilets, To Homeless Encampment

Holiday donations are helping The Harbor, Hawaii's largest and most unusual homeless community, which is working to become more self-sustaining.
Will Ambitious Teachers Union Plan Fly? Unlikely, But It Starts The Conversation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Ambitious Teachers Union Plan Fly? Unlikely, But It Starts The Conversation

A tax increase is almost certainly a non-starter at the Legislature, but the call for education reform from new union leaders will at least focus attention on the issues.