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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 via email slee@civilbeat.org or follow on twitter at @suevlee
Hawaii Teachers Union Backs Gabbard Opponent For Congress Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teachers Union Backs Gabbard Opponent For Congress

UPDATED: In its endorsement of challenger Sherry Campagna, the union sharply criticized Gabbard’s human rights record because of her stance on Syria.

School Board: Schools ‘Heading In The Right Direction’ Under New Leader Cory Lum/Civil Beat

School Board: Schools ‘Heading In The Right Direction’ Under New Leader

Nearly a year into the job, Superintendent Christina Kishimoto received mainly top ratings in her year-end evaluation.

This Marshallese Tutor Is A ‘Connection To Home’ For Students Charlie Kaijo/Civil Beat

This Marshallese Tutor Is A ‘Connection To Home’ For Students

Chris Timos helps kids straddle both Pacific Island and American cultures as they adjust to school in this small Arkansas town.

An Arkansas School District Goes All-In Welcoming Marshallese Students Charlie Kaijo/Civil Beat

An Arkansas School District Goes All-In Welcoming Marshallese Students

Local schools are betting that building strong relationships with students and families can pave the way for academic success.

How Hawaii Schools Are Building Bridges To Micronesian Students Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Hawaii Schools Are Building Bridges To Micronesian Students

As enrollment expands, schools and community groups are trying new ways to close cultural and academic gaps.

Legislature Approves Bill To Protect Against Sex-Based Discrimination Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislature Approves Bill To Protect Against Sex-Based Discrimination

The measure was weakened in conference committee, but supporters say it’s an important first step.

Feds: Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Kids Suspended Far More Often Ethan Porter

Feds: Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Kids Suspended Far More Often

New federal data shows continuing stark racial disparities in school disciplinary measures.

Voters Will Decide Whether To Hike Property Taxes To Fund Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Voters Will Decide Whether To Hike Property Taxes To Fund Schools

Even if the proposed constitutional amendment passes in November, it won’t automatically guarantee new money for schools.

Study: Few Hawaii Students Have Access To After-School Meals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Study: Few Hawaii Students Have Access To After-School Meals

A new report by the Food Research & Action Center shows Hawaii near the bottom in terms of serving an after-school supper to low-income students.

Are Hawaii Schools Doing Enough To Address Bullying? Courtesy Joshua Franklin

Are Hawaii Schools Doing Enough To Address Bullying?

DOE takes steps to beef up its anti-bullying efforts, but it faces a lawsuit alleging schools didn’t stop the harassment of two students.

Hawaii Teachers Think Your Kids Are Taking Way Too Many Tests Flickr: Alberto G.

Hawaii Teachers Think Your Kids Are Taking Way Too Many Tests

The state Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a teachers’ union-backed bill that would cap mandatory tests for students at four per year.

Ige’s Pick To Lead School Board Has An Unusual Background: Education Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Ige’s Pick To Lead School Board Has An Unusual Background: Education

Catherine Payne wants the Hawaii Board of Education more involved in setting policy and more visible to the public.