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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.

Will More Nurses in Hawaii Schools Help Keep Kids In Class? Suevon Lee/ Civil Beat

Will More Nurses in Hawaii Schools Help Keep Kids In Class?

The Legislature provided $2.8 million to expand the Hawaii Keiki program, which places nurses in schools.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige Talks Schools With Civil Beat Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Gov. David Ige Talks Schools With Civil Beat

The governor is pleased with the selection of the new superintendent, but says he played no role in her selection or the ouster of her predecessor.

This Honolulu Charter School Has Found A Unique Way To Survive Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

This Honolulu Charter School Has Found A Unique Way To Survive

A startup charter school’s co-habitation with a regular public high school marks the first existing partnership of its kind in Hawaii.

Shortage of Bus Drivers Leave Maui Students, Parents Scrambling Katherine Poythress/Civil Beat

Shortage of Bus Drivers Leave Maui Students, Parents Scrambling

Some lawmakers say DOE should have let parents know earlier about the problems, which is forcing many students to wait an hour or more for buses.

New Hawaii Schools Chief’s First Priority: Listening Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Hawaii Schools Chief’s First Priority: Listening

Christina Kishimoto plans on visiting all the islands in her first six months to talk with educators and students.

Foreign Student Spending in Hawaii Decreases By 25 Percent Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Foreign Student Spending in Hawaii Decreases By 25 Percent

“This is not only a Hawaii phenomenon, this is a national phenomenon,” says a state researcher.

Some Students Shut Out Of School’s Marcus Mariota Event Eric Evans/University of Oregon

Some Students Shut Out Of School’s Marcus Mariota Event

The father of a special needs student who wasn’t allowed to attend is complaining to the Department of Education.

The Scramble To Recruit New Teachers — And Keep Them In Hawaii Courtesy of Leeward Community College

The Scramble To Recruit New Teachers — And Keep Them In Hawaii

To address its perpetual revolving door of teachers, Hawaii is experimenting with some new strategies.

Here’s Some Help Understanding Hawaii’s Plans For Improving Public Schools Robert Pollack via Flickr

Here’s Some Help Understanding Hawaii’s Plans For Improving Public Schools

Baffled by the various plans and proposals for improving Hawaii’s schools? This guide will help you sort out the three major plans.

Hawaii Part-Time Teachers, Subs Lose Legal Battle For Millions In Back Pay Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Part-Time Teachers, Subs Lose Legal Battle For Millions In Back Pay

A state Supreme Court ruling likely ends a legal fight dating to 2002 in which teachers sought $56 million in back pay and interest.

Governor Approves Loans For Energy Savings In Schools

Governor Approves Loans For Energy Savings In Schools

The governor signed a measure giving the Department of Education access to more than $46 million in loans as part of the cooling classrooms initiative.

Hawaii School Board Signs Off On Bid For Federal Dollars Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii School Board Signs Off On Bid For Federal Dollars

Some critics believe the education department’s plan for seeking support under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act isn’t innovative enough.

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