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Jessica Terrell

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.
Lance Mizumoto to Head Board of Education Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lance Mizumoto to Head Board of Education

Mizumoto, who was appointed by Gov. Ige to the Board of Education in April, will take Don Horner's spot as BOE chair.
Don Horner Stepping Down as Chair of Board of Education Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Don Horner Stepping Down as Chair of Board of Education

He's remaining on the board after holding its top spot since the changeover from elected to appointed members in 2011.
UH to Decommission Oldest Observatory on Mauna Kea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

UH to Decommission Oldest Observatory on Mauna Kea

The announcement comes as the state Board of Land and Natural Resources considers new rules to crack down on TMT protestors atop the mountain.
Honolulu to Host World’s Biggest Astronomy Conference in August

Honolulu to Host World’s Biggest Astronomy Conference in August

A tour of Mauna Kea observatories could be canceled if the road is still closed, but most plans are proceeding for the International Astronomical Union conference.
Is School Prayer Crossing a Line at Some Hawaii Charter Schools?

Is School Prayer Crossing a Line at Some Hawaii Charter Schools?

A charter school employee in Kauai files a civil rights complaint over what he says is the practice of forced prayer on campus, illustrating the complex relationship between culture and spirituality at many of the state's Hawaiian-focused schools.