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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.
TMT: Conflict in Context Cory Lum/Civil Beat

TMT: Conflict in Context

The resumption of construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea offers a chance to look at the history of astronomy and conflict on the Big Island. How did we get here?
Hawaii Gets Three Year Waiver Extension from Federal NCLB Requirements

Hawaii Gets Three Year Waiver Extension from Federal NCLB Requirements

The U.S. Department of Education gave Hawaii an additional three years to work on its alternative performance system.
Charter School Closure Could Leave Taxpayers on the Hook for Debts Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Charter School Closure Could Leave Taxpayers on the Hook for Debts

Closure of Halau Lokahi could lead to legislative changes, and is proving to be a learning moment for the 3-year-old Charter School Commission.
Hawaii School Suspensions: Are They Fair? Can They Be Reduced? Flickr.com

Hawaii School Suspensions: Are They Fair? Can They Be Reduced?

The state has low overall suspension rates, but still has disparities in which students are getting sent home. Meanwhile, some data has been missing.
Hawaii Public Schools Must Offer Sex Education, Board Decides Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Public Schools Must Offer Sex Education, Board Decides

Comprehensive and age-appropriate sex ed will be required, although parents can opt out for their children.
What Does it Take to Get a Traffic Light in Pahoa? Google Earth

What Does it Take to Get a Traffic Light in Pahoa?

Pahoa residents say kids are facing unsafe conditions along Pahoa Bypass Road, more than two years after the state appropriated funding for the work.
BOE to Address Sexual Health, Student Discipline on Tuesday Cory Lum/Civil Beat

BOE to Address Sexual Health, Student Discipline on Tuesday

The board is expected to weigh in on whether to make schools offer sex education and make suspensions a last resort for discipline problems.