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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.

Hawaii Schools Can’t Seem To Give Breakfast Away Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Schools Can’t Seem To Give Breakfast Away

Getting eligible students to eat free or reduced-price morning meals is more of a struggle in the islands than on the mainland.

Female Athletes Get The Short End Of The Stick At Some Hawaii High Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Female Athletes Get The Short End Of The Stick At Some Hawaii High Schools

Federal law requires gender equity, but that’s not happening in places like Campbell High School.

Charter Schools And Special Ed Will Be In The Legislative Spotlight Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Charter Schools And Special Ed Will Be In The Legislative Spotlight

The Hawaii teachers union is also pushing lawmakers to place a tax increase proposal on the ballot this year to pay for improving schools.

DOE Official Fined For Using State Resources On Her Doctoral Work Civil Beat file photo

DOE Official Fined For Using State Resources On Her Doctoral Work

The Department of Education has now opened its own investigation of Suzanne Mulcahy.
Hawaii Education Plan Gets A Green Light From The Feds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Education Plan Gets A Green Light From The Feds

The state plan spells out how it intends to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act.
What If A Missile Scare Happened On A School Day? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What If A Missile Scare Happened On A School Day?

Hawaii schools sent letters to parents saying they are holding drills to prepare students and staff for emergency situations.
An Inside Look At Ige’s Request For Millions More In Education Spending Cory Lum/Civil Beat

An Inside Look At Ige’s Request For Millions More In Education Spending

It’s far less than the DOE sought, but there’s hope for “more of a focus on education” in state government.

Hawaii Looks To Spur School Creativity With ‘Innovation Grants’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Looks To Spur School Creativity With ‘Innovation Grants’

Up to $250,000 will be available for the right idea and a two-year plan to implement it.

Hawaii’s Expanding Hunt For The Elusive Schoolteacher Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Expanding Hunt For The Elusive Schoolteacher

Superintendent Christina Kishimoto wants to look in new directions — including foreign countries — to address the shortage of instructors.

Do SAT Takers Have An Unfair Edge For UH Scholarships? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Do SAT Takers Have An Unfair Edge For UH Scholarships?

Hawaii was one of only two states that didn’t adjust comparisons between the newly revamped SAT and the ACT.

Why Vocational Education Is Back In Vogue in Some Hawaii Schools Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Why Vocational Education Is Back In Vogue in Some Hawaii Schools

With only about half of Hawaii’s high school graduates going to college, schools are placing more emphasis on career and technical training.

Charter School Debuts An Online Hawaiian-English Dictionary Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Charter School Debuts An Online Hawaiian-English Dictionary

Students at the immersion school say the product could prepare them for a vocabulary test. But it’s also designed for the wider community.