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Hawaii Department of Education

Counselor Involved In School Sex Case Now Works For State John Hill/Civil Beat

Counselor Involved In School Sex Case Now Works For State

Scott O’Neal didn’t admit liability but paid $750,000 to settle. The Department of Health said it could find no reason not to hire him.

Board Of Education OKs A Strategic Plan That Leaves Details To Schools Noelle Fujii/Civil Beat

Board Of Education OKs A Strategic Plan That Leaves Details To Schools

Its emphasis on empowering students, professional development and innovation seems to align with the governor’s task force plan.

Board Of Education Discusses How To Find New Superintendent Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Board Of Education Discusses How To Find New Superintendent

Some critics want a more transparent search process, others want the board to reconsider its decision to replace Matayoshi.

Principals Push For A Louder Voice In Public Education Reform Efforts Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Principals Push For A Louder Voice In Public Education Reform Efforts

The state school board plans to discuss education reform Tuesday, but principals have held their own talks.

Fee Plan Along Rail Line Pits Schools Against Affordable Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Fee Plan Along Rail Line Pits Schools Against Affordable Housing

About 39,000 additional residential units are expected along a 4-mile stretch of the Honolulu rail route, requiring more schools.

Hawaii Teacher: Why Teachers Won’t Miss Kathryn Matayoshi Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: Why Teachers Won’t Miss Kathryn Matayoshi

A new superintendent needs to be much more proactive and transparent in supporting teachers.

Another Special Ed Aide Says Reporting Abuse Got Her Banned Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Another Special Ed Aide Says Reporting Abuse Got Her Banned

Her employer, Hawaii Behavioral Health, says a thorough investigation found the allegations were untrue.
Bullying Of Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders ‘On The Rise’ The White House

Bullying Of Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders ‘On The Rise’

A new White House report underscores Hawaii statistics that show mistreatment of students by their peers.
Lawmaker Rebuffed At DOE Meeting Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmaker Rebuffed At DOE Meeting

The state representative was eventually allowed to observe the meeting with school officials and air-conditioning contractors.
How Can We Improve Hawaii Schools? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Can We Improve Hawaii Schools?

The Department of Education is seeking public input on its goals for public education in Hawaii.
Honolulu Rail Project Expected To Cost The DOE Millions For New Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Project Expected To Cost The DOE Millions For New Schools

The Department of Education wants to levy fees on new developments to help offset school construction costs near several planned rail stations.
Don Horner Leaving Hawaii BOE Dan Zelikman/Civil Beat

Don Horner Leaving Hawaii BOE

The former chair steps down June 30, something he said he'd do a year ago when he resigned as Board of Education chair.  

January 2017

Wednesday, January 18

Counselor Involved In School Sex Case Now Works For State

December 2016

Tuesday, December 6

Board Of Education OKs A Strategic Plan That Leaves Details To Schools

Board Of Education Discusses How To Find New Superintendent

Principals Push For A Louder Voice In Public Education Reform Efforts

November 2016

Tuesday, November 8

Fee Plan Along Rail Line Pits Schools Against Affordable Housing

October 2016

Monday, October 31

Hawaii Teacher: Why Teachers Won’t Miss Kathryn Matayoshi

September 2016

Wednesday, September 21

Another Special Ed Aide Says Reporting Abuse Got Her Banned

August 2016

Wednesday, August 24

Bullying Of Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders ‘On The Rise’

July 2016

Thursday, July 28

Lawmaker Rebuffed At DOE Meeting

May 2016

Thursday, May 26

How Can We Improve Hawaii Schools?

April 2016

Tuesday, April 19

Honolulu Rail Project Expected To Cost The DOE Millions For New Schools

Wednesday, April 13

Don Horner Leaving Hawaii BOE

Friday, April 8

The Changing Face Of Sex Education In Hawaii’s Public Schools

March 2016

Wednesday, March 30

Educational Assistants Play Crucial Role, But You Wouldn’t Know It By Their Paychecks

Tuesday, March 8

Hawaii’s Public Charter School Movement At A Crossroads

Tuesday, March 1

HSTA Tax Hike Dies, Support Doesn’t

February 2016

Tuesday, February 23

$100,000 Salaries Mushroom At DOE In The Last 4 Years

Monday, February 22

A High School For Patsy Mink

January 2016

Monday, January 25

Do Parents And Teachers Really Have A Say In How Schools Run?

December 2015

Thursday, December 10

U.S. Bids A Not-So-Fond Farewell To ‘No Child Left Behind’

Tuesday, December 1

Auditor Spotlights Financial And Oversight Problems At Charter Schools

November 2015

Monday, November 30

Disagreements Over Charter School Oversight Coming To A Head

August 2015

Monday, August 24

First-Ever Head of Hawaiian Education Foresees ‘Revolutionary’ Changes

July 2015

Wednesday, July 8

Hawaii’s Charter Schools Must Adhere to Federal Law on Prayers

June 2015

Wednesday, June 3

Lack of School Nurses in Hawaii Contributes to High Absentee Rates

May 2015

Thursday, May 21

Auditor: School Bus Issues Still Need Work

April 2015

Wednesday, April 29

In Hawaii, Sex Education Is Confusing — Even for Those in Charge

Thursday, April 2

Hawaii Monitor: Order Blocks Enforcement of Ban on Teachers’ Flyers

March 2015

Wednesday, March 25

Hawaii Monitor: Ethics Commission Ruling Draws Teachers’ Union Lawsuit

Wednesday, March 4

Hawaii Legislature Should Expand Preschool Programs

August 2014

Monday, August 25

Hawaii Schools: Better Attendance Rates But Worse Test Scores

Wednesday, August 6

Stormy Weather: Hurricane Iselle Is About to Rock Hawaii

April 2014

Saturday, April 12

Instructors Ask if Hawaii’s New Teacher Evaluation System Fails Students

Wednesday, April 2

Hawaii Lawmakers Mull Tempering Sharp Increase in Teaching Hours

March 2014

Monday, March 17

Living Hawaii: Many Families Sacrifice to Put Kids in Private Schools

Wednesday, March 12

Energy Drain: Is HECO a Drag on Hawaii Schools’ Renewable Power Plan?

February 2014

Friday, February 28

Keiki Care: Revolutionary Pilot Program’s Campus Health Care Targets Teens

Tuesday, February 25

Food for Thought: Many Oahu Schools Miss Basic Food Safety Checks

Thursday, February 20

Hawaii Lawmakers Mull Clearer Rules for Schools With Uncontrollable Kids

Tuesday, February 18

Moving the Ball: Hawaii Senator Wants Millions More for School Sports

Friday, February 14

What Will the Hawaii DOE Do With the $775K New Hope Settlement?

January 2014

Saturday, January 4

What Hawaii’s Legislature Has in Store for Education

Wednesday, January 1

Hawaii: New For-Profit High School Equivalency Exam Hopes to Pass

December 2013

Monday, December 23

Does Tuition Keep Hawaii High School Students from Taking College Courses?

Thursday, December 19

Lawmakers: DOE Refusing to Hand Over ‘Pono Choices’ Sex-Ed Materials

Saturday, December 14

Kaimuki High School Program to Prep Kids for Hospitality Industry

Wednesday, December 4

Taken for a Ride: The DOE Is Saving Thousands With New School Bus Plan

November 2013

Tuesday, November 26

Underage Voters?

Tuesday, November 5

Would Gay Marriage Bring the ‘Homosexual Lifestyle’ to Hawaii Students?

October 2013

Thursday, October 24

Preaching Pays: New Hope Pastor Has Raked in Six Figures, Tax Forms Show

Wednesday, October 16

DOE Gets Heat for Tardy $25M Request for Classroom Cooling

Thursday, October 10

Some Hawaii Teachers Aren’t Allowed to Fail Kids Over Frequent Truancy

Wednesday, October 9

Marriage Equality Could Make Hawaii Schools More Gay-Friendly

Wednesday, October 2

DOE Long Overdue in Improving Hawaiian Studies, Kupuna Say

September 2013

Friday, September 27

Sick of Sweltering, Students Demand Relief from Hawaii Legislature

Wednesday, September 25

DOE Under Pressure from ‘Gov’t Shutdown,’ Debt Limit, Sequestration

Wednesday, September 18

Hawaii Charter Schools in Limbo Over Teacher Evaluations

Tuesday, September 17

Federal Budget Crisis Likely to Squeeze Hawaii Schools and Universities

Friday, September 13

Will a New Mentoring Program Keep Hawaii Teachers on the Job?

Wednesday, September 11

Teaching 2.0: What Kickstarting Classrooms Says About Hawaii Schools

Thursday, September 5

How Come So Many Teachers Bail on Hawaii’s Public Schools?

August 2013

Thursday, August 29

Appeals Court: Hawaii Can’t Block Thousands of Special Education Students

Tuesday, August 20

Hawaii Schools Target ‘Chronically Absent’ Kids

Friday, August 16

Lawsuit: Churches Shortchanged Hawaii Schools $5.6M

Thursday, August 15

Making Waves: Corey Rosenlee Is Shaking Up Hawaii Education

Tuesday, August 13

Should Hawaii Education Officials Do More To Ensure Safe Bus Drivers?

Wednesday, August 7

No Yellow Bus: Some Big Island Charter Students on Dangerous Road to School

July 2013

Friday, July 26

Complaint: Former Oahu Principal Abused Power While Leading School

Wednesday, July 24

The Breakfast Club That Poor Children in Hawaii Just Won’t Join

Saturday, July 13

DOE Audit: Hawaii Public Schools Overstate Enrollment Numbers

Thursday, July 4

Lost Art: Are Hawaii’s Kids Being Shortchanged in Arts Education?

Monday, July 1

Hawaii Teacher: Lack of Computers in the Classroom a Real Problem

June 2013

Saturday, June 29

Education Officials Will Try New ‘Teams’ to Improve Hawaii Schools

Thursday, June 27

Department of Education Risks Millions With Digital Classroom Program

Saturday, June 22

Educators May Give Poor Marks to New Teacher Evaluation System

Wednesday, June 19

Are Hawaii Kids Equipped for Careers in the Military?

Friday, June 14

Court Ruling: Hawaii DOE Failed Autistic Student

Monday, June 3

Hawaii Teacher: Let’s Stop Violating The Sanctity Of The Classroom

May 2013

Saturday, May 11

Taken For A Ride: Hawaii Ed Department Could Restore School Bus Cuts

Tuesday, May 7

Is Hawaii Doing Enough To Engage Kids In Science, Tech And Math?

Monday, May 6

Hawaii Teacher: Creating The Perfect Bubble For Better Learning

Wednesday, May 1

Voters To Decide If Hawaii Can Use Public Money For Private Preschool

April 2013

Saturday, April 27

Public Preschool Plan, School Lands Development Bills Down To Final Test

Thursday, April 25

Campbell High School: ‘It’s A Cinderblock Oven’

Wednesday, April 24

Bursting at the Seams: Skyrocketing Enrollment Crowds Campbell High Classrooms

Saturday, April 20

Hana High School Girls Earn ‘Life-Changing’ Gates Millennium Scholarships

Wednesday, April 17

Taken for a Ride: Will Innovative School Bus Plan Really Bring Down Costs?

Tuesday, April 9

Private Schools Fill Gap For Hawaii’s Dyslexic Kids — But At High Cost

Cracking the Code: Are Hawaii Schools Doing Enough for Dyslexic Students?

Wednesday, April 3

Ed Board: Teachers Not Abusing Sick Leave

March 2013

Saturday, March 30

It’s Your Money: Teacher Subs Lawsuit Could Cost Hawaii Taxpayers $75M

Thursday, March 28

Money for Preschool, IT, Employee Benefits in Senators’ Spending Plan

Wednesday, March 27

Taken for a Ride: Lawmakers Say School Bus Fiasco Finally Shaping Up

Monday, March 25

Hawaii Teachers Union Reaches Deal With State On New Contract

Wednesday, March 20

BOE Demands Safeguards Amid Uncertainty Over Education Budget Cuts

Hawaii’s Rising Truancy Problem Leaves Lawmakers Scrambling

Tuesday, March 5

Bills to Develop School Lands Face Major Vote

February 2013

Wednesday, February 27

Gov: Teachers Union Leaders Holding Up New Contract Agreement

Wednesday, February 20

Board of Education Spurs DOE Officials To Fix School Bus Program Faster

Tuesday, February 19

Are Hawaii Schools Doing Enough to Prevent Youth Sports Concussions?

Thursday, February 7

State Audit Spurs Lawmakers To Fix School Bus Program

Wednesday, February 6

Hawaii Ed Department’s Food Service Problems Mirror School Bus Woes

Tuesday, February 5

Hawaii School Board Scrutinizes High Teacher Sick Leave, Turnover Rates

January 2013

Thursday, January 17

What’s Going On With Hawaii Ed Task Force On Teacher Evaluations?

Wednesday, January 16

Teachers Union Wants What UPW Got — Bigger Raises, Better Benefits

Tuesday, January 15

Hawaii Teacher: The Four-Letter Word I Think Of All Day Long

Saturday, January 12

Which Hawaii Schools Are Badly In Need Of An Extreme Makeover?

Thursday, January 10

Funding the Missing Link For Hawaii’s Public Preschool Program

December 2012

Sunday, December 23

Hawaii Teacher: Children Are Left Behind With Elephants In The Room

Saturday, December 22

Can Hawaii Kindergarteners Flunk Their Teachers?

Wednesday, December 12

Hawaii Teacher Evaluation Concerns Keep State, Union From Agreement

Saturday, December 8

FBI Drops Investigation of Hawaii School Bus Company Collusion

Thursday, December 6

Hawaii Lawmakers: How Much Will School Bus Overhaul Cost Us?

Wednesday, December 5

Board Members Want More Answers From Consultant’s Bus Study

November 2012

Thursday, November 29

Hawaii Ethics Commission: Charter School Workers Are State Employees

Saturday, November 24

Hawaii Ethics Commission Sets Sights On Charter School Employee

Tuesday, November 20

Taken For A Ride: Hawaii School Bus Study Pau, But DOE Not Making It Public

Friday, November 16

Hawaii Teachers Can’t Strike, But They Can Do Only The Minimum

Saturday, November 3

Teachers Union Launches Website for New Contract

October 2012

Wednesday, October 24

Board Chair: Schools’ Brick-And-Mortar Projects ‘Woefully’ Underfunded

Thursday, October 18

Taken For A Ride: We Finally Have The Answer, Hawaii Dept of Ed Says

Wednesday, October 17

Board Sends Education Budget to Governor

Tuesday, October 2

It’s Your Money: Hawaii Schools Paying Double for Hot Dogs

September 2012

Wednesday, September 19

Hawaii Education Department Wants Budget Exemptions

Sunday, September 9

School Bullies: Hawaii Gay Kids Face High Risk Of Harassment

August 2012

Friday, August 24

Education Advocates: Poll Shows Support for State-Funded Preschool

Tuesday, August 7

Survey: More High Schoolers Are Ducking Gym Class, Sports Teams

July 2012

Friday, July 27

School Bullies: Hawaii Still Struggling To Help Tormented Kids

Friday, July 20

Aiea Mom: School Bus Cuts Are Putting My Kids’ Lives In Danger

Wednesday, July 4

Hawaii Rescues 29 School Bus Routes From Chopping Block

June 2012

Saturday, June 30

Hawaii Cuts 103 School Bus Routes

School Superintendent Worked to Create Culture of Change

Thursday, June 7

Taken For A Ride: DOE Hoping Consultant Finds Answers to Bus Woes

April 2012

Wednesday, April 18

Hawaii Ed Board Embraces ‘Opportunity’ to Pass Teacher Evaluations

March 2012

Sunday, March 25

Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Pay Per Pupil By School

Friday, March 9

Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Pay Per Pupil By Complex Area

Thursday, March 8

Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Department of Education

Saturday, March 3

Taken for a Ride: State Learns A Lesson About Running School Buses

Friday, March 2

Learning Time in Hawaii: Quality Over Quantity

February 2012

Tuesday, February 28

Bell Schedules Resonate With Hawaii Lawmakers

Tuesday, February 14

Sex Assault Case Raises Questions About DOE’s Protection of Students

Thursday, February 9

Hawaiian Language Students Getting Lost In Translation, Advocates Say

Wednesday, February 8

Ed Board Chair Defends Progress, Says Public Can Give Grade Next Month

Tuesday, February 7

Child Labor Is Wrong, But Apparently Not For Our School Children!

Friday, February 3

Hawaii Lawmakers Skeptical of Education Department Promises

January 2012

Thursday, January 26

Hawaii School System Like an Old House, Superintendent Says

Saturday, January 14

HSTA Contract Details

Thursday, January 5

Taken For a Ride: Senate Education Chair Blasts School Bus Report

December 2011

Friday, December 23

End in Sight for HSTA’s Complaint Against Hawaii?

Thursday, December 22

U.S. Education Secretary: Hawaii Lacks ‘Sense of Urgency’

Feds Scold Hawaii, $75M Education Grant At Stake

Wednesday, December 14

Farrington High School To Modernize Campus

Bond Sale Doesn’t Affect Ed Department’s Capital Improvement Plans

Saturday, December 10

Waialua Teacher Wins $25K National Award

Wednesday, December 7

Taken For a Ride: District Wants Even More Money For Buses Next Year

Sunday, December 4

Education Leaders Redefining Success For Hawaii Students

Hawaii Department of Education Announces Restructuring

November 2011

Friday, November 18

New School Design To Save State Thousands In Utility Bills

Monday, November 14

Changes Ahead For Hawaii Special Ed

Monday, November 7

Taken for a Ride: Calling All Bidders

Thursday, November 3

Taken For A Ride: Why Didn’t Audits Catch Lack of Competition?

More Help For Hawaii’s Novice Teachers

October 2011

Thursday, October 27

Taken for a Ride: Ka-Ching For Contractors Without Competition

Wednesday, October 26

Taken for a Ride: Four Hawaii Runaway School Bus Contracts

Taken for a Ride: Breakdown of Hawaii’s Runaway School Bus Costs

Saturday, October 22

Taken for a Ride: Hawaii’s Runaway School Bus Costs

Friday, October 21

Off the Beat: How to Destroy Faith in the System

Thursday, October 20

Some Hawaii Teachers Ignore Ethics Code

Wednesday, October 12

Hawaii To Seek Waiver From Federal Education Requirements

September 2011

Tuesday, September 27

What Is To Become Of Queen Liliuokalani School

Wednesday, September 21

Off The Beat: Whatever ‘Proficiency-Based Equivalent’ Means

What’s In Hawaii’s New Grad Requirements

Thursday, September 15

Hawaii Ed Department Drops Plan to Cut Social Studies Requirements

Wednesday, September 7

No More Funding Favors For Small, Rural Schools

August 2011

Friday, August 26

Preserve Four Credits of Social Studies

Friday, August 12

Prices Soar When Firms Rebid For School Bus Routes They Already Serve

Tuesday, August 9

What Hawaii Education Laws Are Most Ineffectual?

Monday, August 1

Back To School For Hawaii Students, Not All Leaders

July 2011

Saturday, July 30

Why We Need to Preserve Social Studies in Hawaii

New Student Tracking System For Teachers

Thursday, July 28

PHOTOS — Hawaii Teachers Back At School

Friday, July 8

New Chief In Town For Hawaii Charter Schools

Thursday, July 7

Gov Cayetano Responds to Article On Teachers Strike

Off the Beat: Public Teachers’ Contract A Private Affair?

Saturday, July 2

Gov: Union Negotiators Agreed To HSTA Contract

June 2011

Thursday, June 30

Soetoro-Ng Defends Social Studies From Cuts

Saturday, June 25

‘Last, Best, Final Offer’ For Hawaii Teacher Contracts

Tuesday, June 21

For Hawaii Grads, Social Studies on Chopping Block

Monday, June 20

Feds Visit Hawaii, Check Race To The Top Progress

Tuesday, June 14

For Hawaii’s Students, More Private School Buses

Saturday, June 4

Hawaii Schools Serving Free Meals This Summer

Wednesday, June 1

Hawaii Spending More Per Student

May 2011

Friday, May 27

Civil Beat Shares Students’ Speeches From Hawaii High School Graduations

Queen Liliuokalani School Closes Its Doors

Wednesday, May 11

Moanalua High One of 15 Model Schools Nationwide

Tuesday, May 3

Hawaii Loses Substitute Teacher Class Action Suit, Could Owe $70 Million

April 2011

Wednesday, April 13

Complete List of Teachers Fired or Suspended for Misconduct in Hawaii

Hawaii Fires 10 Teachers for Misconduct in 2 Years

March 2011

Wednesday, March 30

Ed Department Supports Bill That Diminishes Disabled Childrens’ Rights

Wednesday, March 23

Ed Department Looks At Cutting School Buses

Tuesday, March 8

Hawaiian Translation Of State Test Failed Before

February 2011

Friday, February 25

Leaky Roofs And Moldy Classrooms: Not All Sunshine at Hawaii Schools

Thursday, February 17

Broken Maintenance Strategy at Ed Department

Capitol Watch: Feb. 17

Tuesday, February 15

Committee Postpones Vote on School Consolidations

Saturday, February 12

Ed Department = Real Estate Developer?

Wednesday, February 9

Two More Schools Recommended for Closure

Tuesday, February 8

Superintendent Recommends Closing Queen Liliuokalani School

Thursday, February 3

Bill Watch: School Bullying

January 2011

Monday, January 31

Capitol Watch: Jan. 31

Saturday, January 29

Ed Department Raises School Meal Prices Anyway

Friday, January 28

Keeping Students From Falling Through Cracks

Recruiting For Race To The Top

Monday, January 10

A/C In All Hawaii Schools: When Hell Freezes Over

Thursday, January 6

Hawaii Public Schools Ask for $1.8 billion, Plus $29 million ‘Wish List’

Wednesday, January 5

A Sparkling New School Opens as Old Schools Are Eyed for Closure

December 2010

Thursday, December 23

High Performing Schools Should Be Cloned – Not Closed

Tuesday, December 14

School Closure: ‘It Ain’t Just Money’

November 2010

Saturday, November 20

Shutting Schools: Half-Empty & Well-Funded, With Poor Test Scores

Shutting Schools: Changing the Rules to Turn Off the Lights

Shutting Schools: Closing a Few to Keep the Rest Healthy

October 2010

Friday, October 15

Lowest Paid in the Hawaii Department of Education

Highest Paid in the Hawaii Department of Education

Education: Where the Boys Aren’t

Tuesday, October 5

True Education Reform Will Require Going Beyond Changing Ed Board

September 2010

Wednesday, September 29

Civil Beat Shares Department of Education Salaries

Tuesday, September 14

Mystery Surrounding Superintendent Hire

Board Of Ed Hires Matayoshi As New Superintendent

Saturday, September 4

Lt. Gov. Prospects to Talk Education at UH

July 2010

Thursday, July 29

Gov. Candidates On Education Accountability

Wednesday, July 28

Hawaii a Finalist in Race to the Top Round Two

Saturday, July 24

Show Us the Data. Is That Too Much to Ask?

June 2010

Tuesday, June 8

Education In The News — June 8

Monday, June 7

Department of Education Says It Doesn’t Have Contract With Teachers

Thursday, June 3

Budget Cuts Not Affecting Summer School For Kids

May 2010

Friday, May 7

Message to Kids: Don’t do what we do. Or what we say.

Thursday, May 6

Feds: Union Wrong, Teachers Can Work Legally For Free

Monday, May 3

Discussion: Education

Sunday, May 2

Arguments Against Elected Board Of Education Sound Familiar

April 2010

Thursday, April 29

How Hawaii Could Have Avoided Furlough Fridays Embarrassment

Tuesday, April 27

Teachers Can’t Legally Work on Furlough Days, Union Says

Hawaii Department of Education