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Suevon Lee

Suevon Lee joined Honolulu Civil Beat as a reporter in June 2017.

She was previously based in Los Angeles, where she wrote for legal news wire Law360. She also served as editor-in-chief of former print culture magazine, KoreAm Journal.

She has also worked in New York, where she was a reporting intern for ProPublica and editor/reporter for an affiliate publication of the New York Law Journal. She has also spent time in Florida, covering courts for the Ocala Star-Banner.

Originally from the D.C. suburbs, Suevon graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in English. She holds a masters from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a master of studies in law from Yale Law School.

You can reach Suevon at slee@civilbeat.org and follow her on Twitter @suevlee.

Can School Gardens Get Kids To Eat Their Vegetables? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can School Gardens Get Kids To Eat Their Vegetables?

More than 80 percent of Hawaii schools have some kind of garden, part of a booming, nationwide farm-to-school movement.

OHA Money Will Go Directly To Hawaiian Charter Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

OHA Money Will Go Directly To Hawaiian Charter Schools

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ board vote reversed an earlier decision to use a third party to distribute the funds.

Educators: Pidgin Belongs In Hawaii Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Educators: Pidgin Belongs In Hawaii Schools

The language that emerged from Hawaii’s blending of cultures “is something we have to embrace,” says a high school principal.

New Rule Pushes Hawaii To Hire More Certified Teachers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Rule Pushes Hawaii To Hire More Certified Teachers

When it comes to meeting its recruitment goal, the Department of Education will no longer get credit for emergency hires.

Grading Hawaii’s New Schools Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Grading Hawaii’s New Schools Chief

The Board of Education is considering a new kind of evaluation process for Christina Kishimoto that its proponents hope will more effectively judge how she’s doing.

How Hawaii Schools Are Rethinking Social Studies Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Hawaii Schools Are Rethinking Social Studies

Teachers supplement history lessons with real-world projects that encourage students to take action in their communities.

Hawaiian Charter School Concerns Dominate OHA Meeting Suevon Lee

Hawaiian Charter School Concerns Dominate OHA Meeting

The Board of Trustees solicits more input regarding a recent decision about who will administer money to the schools.

Native Hawaiian Schools: Fight Erupts Over Money Management Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Native Hawaiian Schools: Fight Erupts Over Money Management

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs awarded the administration of a $1.5 million grant for Hawaiian-focused charter schools to a new organization this year.

These Big Oahu Schools Got Bigger — And Small Ones Keep Shrinking Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

These Big Oahu Schools Got Bigger — And Small Ones Keep Shrinking

Some large high schools, like Campbell, are way over capacity, while smaller ones try to attract students with innovative programs.

Preschool In Hawaii: Expensive And ‘Ridiculously Hard to Find’ Suevon Lee

Preschool In Hawaii: Expensive And ‘Ridiculously Hard to Find’

Hawaii lags much of the nation in spending on state-funded preschool. But it is taking new steps to expand access, including opening five new classrooms next year.

Jury Clears School In Use Of Chair And Seat Belt For Special Ed Preschooler Civil Beat

Jury Clears School In Use Of Chair And Seat Belt For Special Ed Preschooler

The Department of Education defended the chair’s use as a safety precaution. The child’s mother called it “restraint” and “punishment.”

DOE: Maui’s Suspended School Bus Routes Are Being Restored Katherine Poythress/Civil Beat

DOE: Maui’s Suspended School Bus Routes Are Being Restored

The president of Ground Transport said the Oahu-based company continues to recruit more bus drivers.