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Jessica Terrell

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.
Scientists Ready for Year in Isolation Atop Mauna Loa Sian / hiseas.org

Scientists Ready for Year in Isolation Atop Mauna Loa

The University of Hawaii is studying the psychological and emotional stresses of long space missions, and how to best support a crew on a voyage to Mars.
Count On It: Hawaii Schools Missing Out on Aid They’re Due for Serving Military Families Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Count On It: Hawaii Schools Missing Out on Aid They’re Due for Serving Military Families

The state relies on federal funding to partially offset the cost of educating the children of service members, but difficulties with tracking how many such students are enrolled could be costing it millions of dollars.
Finding New Ways to Define Native Hawaiian Student Success Jessica Terrell/Civil Beat

Finding New Ways to Define Native Hawaiian Student Success

Educators were asked this week to identify measurements of achievement for young Native Hawaiians in the coming decade. The answer had nothing to do with standardized test scores.
Ige Names New Director of Executive Office on Early Learning

Ige Names New Director of Executive Office on Early Learning

The position, created by the previous governor, had been vacant since December.
She Fought Hawaii’s New Way of Evaluating Teachers — and Won Rosa Say/Flickr.com

She Fought Hawaii’s New Way of Evaluating Teachers — and Won

The DOE says her case was decided on a technicality, but the instructor who refused to participate seems to represent the frustrations of many colleagues.
Tongan, Micronesian, Hawaiian Students Most Likely to Be Suspended Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tongan, Micronesian, Hawaiian Students Most Likely to Be Suspended

Some schools send students home frequently and some don't, but data for the 2013-14 school year show significant discipline disparities based on ethnicities.

Hawaii Board of Education’s Push for More Transparency Inches Forward Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Board of Education’s Push for More Transparency Inches Forward

Amid requests from both the Legislature and citizen activists, the BOE is looking at ways to live-stream audio broadcasts of meetings.