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McKinley High School Turns 150 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

McKinley High School Turns 150

Big celebrations are planned for the second oldest public high school in Hawaii, while signatures continue to accumulate on a petition to change its name.
Student Proficiency Dips on New Test Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Student Proficiency Dips on New Test

Less than half of Hawaii students tested were deemed proficient in English and math on the new state tests.
Hawaii Board of Education Passes Student Discipline Policy Flickr.com

Hawaii Board of Education Passes Student Discipline Policy

The policy was scaled back to address the concerns of school administrators, and language was removed that would have made suspensions a last resort.
BOE to Consider Milder Student Discipline Policy Tuesday Cory Lum/Civil Beat

BOE to Consider Milder Student Discipline Policy Tuesday

After months of delayed votes on a new student discipline policy that would make suspensions an action of last resort, the BOE considers a scaled-back version.
ACT Scores Improved in Hawaii in 2015, But Are Lowest in Nation Courtesy of ACT

ACT Scores Improved in Hawaii in 2015, But Are Lowest in Nation

Only one in 10 public school students in the class of 2015 earned college-ready marks in all four core subjects.
First-Ever Head of Hawaiian Education Foresees ‘Revolutionary’ Changes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

First-Ever Head of Hawaiian Education Foresees ‘Revolutionary’ Changes

UPDATED: Dawn Kaui Sang's new role brings big challenges as she looks to redefine language immersion programs and make sure every student in the state learns about Hawaiian culture.
Hawaii Looks to Shorten School Employee Misconduct Investigations Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Looks to Shorten School Employee Misconduct Investigations

The Department of Education is hiring two more investigators to help reduce how long it takes to investigate cases of possible employee misconduct.
BOE Launching Live Audio Feed of Meetings Cory Lum/Civil Beat

BOE Launching Live Audio Feed of Meetings

It will be available online, part of an ongoing effort to increase transparency at the Board of Education.
Special Education Is Backsliding in Hawaii, Teachers and Advocates Say Julie Jordan Scott/Flickr.com

Special Education Is Backsliding in Hawaii, Teachers and Advocates Say

Despite increases in funding and numerous efforts at reform, students with disabilities are falling farther behind their mainstream peers. Some say the downturn started when federal court supervision of the state system ended.
Thousands Turn Out for Aloha Aina Unity March Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Thousands Turn Out for Aloha Aina Unity March

The march stretched for nearly a mile and a half through Waikiki. Organizers hope to mobilize voters and create political awareness for preserving sacred spaces in Hawaii.
TMT Protesters Hope to Reach Visiting Astronomers Through Waikiki March Cory Lum/Civil Beat

TMT Protesters Hope to Reach Visiting Astronomers Through Waikiki March

The event is planned during a day of rest for the more than 2,000 astronomers in town for the International Astronomical Union's triennial convention.
Hawaii Schools Begin the Year Short on Teachers — Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Schools Begin the Year Short on Teachers — Again

Finding enough instructors is an annual struggle in the islands, and it's most difficult in remote and low-income areas.