Hawaii Department of Education

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The Hawaii Department of Education is part of the state’s executive branch of government and administers federal and statewide educational policy. The department also prepares a systemwide budget for the public school system to submit to the Hawaii State Board of Education, which submits a final proposed budget to the Legislature. The department is overseen by the education board and run by the superintendent of education.

The superintendent is the CEO of the education department and is responsible for carrying out board and federal educational policies. The superintendent’s office also handles communications and oversees department operations.

 Several divisions within the department cover the different aspects of public education in Hawaii:


Vision for Success

The Department’s Budget

The Department operates Hawaii’s public schools on a $1.9 billion budget comprised primarily of state funds (81 percent), as well as federal, special and trust funds. Hawaii is 17th in the nation for per-pupil spending. Learn about the Operating and Capital Improvement Projects budgets, state comparisons and more.

Budget factsheet How it works, when it happens, where monies are spent, and other key facts about the DOE budget.​

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FB 2017-19
We presented the Executive Budget for the 2017-19 fiscal biennium to the Ways and Means and Financial committees of the Hawaii State Legislature on Jan. 17, 2017, and to joint education committees on Jan. 23. View the presentation here. The budget has gone through several iterations during the 2017 Legislative Session.

  • SENATE DRAFT BUDGET — Operating Budget [VIEW]
  • HOUSE DRAFT BUDGET — Operating Budget [VIEW]
  • EXECUTIVE REQUEST (what the Governor approved):

FY 2016-17
The Supplemental Budget FY 2016-17, which covers July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, was passed by the Legislature in April 2016, adding:

  • $31.6 million in Operating Budget funds,
  • $305.9 million in state CIP funds. (Separately, the Legislature added $100 million toward Heat Abatement​.)

Details of those requests are found in the larger sections below: Operating Budget and CIP Budget. ​

  • HIDOE officials communicated the Governor’s Executive Request to the Ways & Means and Finance Committees of the Hawaii State Legislature, and to the Education Committees in January 2016. Click to view the presentation.​
  • View a line-item list​ of the supplemental budget requests showing the requests from HIDOE/BOE and the Governor, with House and Senate budget positions, and the final budget passed in April 2016.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Operating Budget

Each year, the Hawaii State Department of Education educates and supports more than 180,000 students and employs about 25,000 teachers and staff in positions across 290 public schools (256 Department schools, 34 charter schools), 15 complex areas, and the state office. The Operating Budget for FY 2016-17 is $1.934 billion — $1.567 billion coming from the state’s General Fund.

Money is allocated from the state’s General Fund into program buckets, known as EDNs. Nearly all funds go to schools.


  • EDN 100 (59%) is almost entirely distributed to schools using the Weighted Student Formula (WSF). The WSF gives schools a specific dollar amount for each student, and additional funds for students with certain characteristics, such as qualifying for the free and reduced lunch program (socioeconomically challenged) or being English Language Learners. This creates a transparent model of funding equity on a statewide basis. The balance of EDN 100 is used to support programs such as Athletics, JROTC and Alternative Learning Centers.
  • EDN 150 (23%) supports special education students who may require or have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
  • E​DN 400 (12%) pays school bills — sewer, electric, water, repair, food service and others.
  • EDN 500 (0.2%) pays for Adult Education programs at public schools.
  • EDN 700 (0.2%) pays for pre-kindergarten programs at public schools.


APPROVED: FY 2016-17
Here is a breakdown, by program category, of the $1.57 billion the State Legislature appropriated for FY 2016-17 during the 2016 session (HB1700 HD1 SD1 CD1​). Amounts are in millions, and percentages are rounded:


EDN 100: School Based Budgeting $919.7 59%
EDN 150: Special Education $357.4 23%
EDN 200: Instructional Support $52.2 3%
EDN 300: State Administration $48.6 3%
EDN 400: School Support $183.9 12%
EDN 500: School Community Services $2.9 < 1%
EDN 700: Early Learning $3.0 < 1%

The Capital Improvement Projects Budget

Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) are renovations, repairs and major maintenance to existing facilities, landscape improvements, new construction, land acquisition, and utility modifications. The CIP Budget is set by the state as part of a comprehensive program to manage state facilities, and is handled separately from the DOE’s Operating Budget.​ Facilities staff work with principals directly to prioritize school-level needs.

Like the EDNs for the Operating Budget, CIP appropriations are added into planning categories that direct how the funds can be used. Funds appropriated can only be expended in those buckets. They are:

  • Condition: Repair & Maintenance, Electrical/Technology Infrastructure, Hazardous Material Removal, Health & Safety, Structural Improvements
  • Equity: Science Facilities, Special Education, Energy Improvement, Right-sizing of spaces, Physical Education, Noise/Heat Abatement
  • Program Support: Gender Equity, New Restrooms, ADA Compliance, Support Program Spaces, Playground Equipment
  • Capacity: New Schools, Classroom Additions, Temporary Facilities, Repurposing existing to create capacity

Amounts are in millions and rounded​. Shows HIDOE CIP budgetary requests and the Legislature’s appropriation.

FY16 (Biennium Budget) FY17 (Supplemental Budget)
Condition $129.0 $66.0 $64.0 $76.1
Capacity $162.8 $0 $234.0 $16.1
Equity $84.0 $3.0 $92.1 $16.1
Program Support $35.2 $1.0 $57.5 $11.6
Project Positions $8.5 $6.5 $2.0 $4.3
TOTAL $419.5 $76.5 $449.6 $124.2
Legislative Add-Ons $90.0 $104.7
TOTAL $419.5 $166.5 $449.6 $228.9
Priority Line-Items (add-ons match DOE priority needs)
Solomon El (DoD matching funds: $30.6) $5.1 $5.1
Priority: Mililani MS new classroom building $0 $11.5
Priority: Campbell HS new classroom building $35.0 $12.0
Priority: Waikoloa E&MS new classroom building $12.0 $11.0
Priority: Kihei HS: New School, Phase II $75.0 $37.5
Cool Schools $100.0
TOTAL $576.7 $406.0

The list of Legislative add-on projects can be seen each year in final budget bill, under “G. Formal Education EDN 100 – School-Based Budgeting.”

  • ​View the 2015 Session budget bill, with funding amounts and projects for FY16. ​
  • View the 2016 Session budget bill​, with funding amounts and projects for FY17.

Funding sources

​​The Capital Improvement Projects budget is almost entirely funded by the State of Hawaii. The Operating Budget funding comes from four sources (see pie chart, below):

  • General funds (blue): Comes from the State of Hawaii’s general fund, primarily state tax revenues. This is the top source of funding to the Department — by far.
  • Federal funds (red): The Department receives grants from federal agencies including the U.S. Departments of Education, Agriculture, Defense and Health and Human Services.
  • Special funds (green): Those coming from revenue-generating activities, including school food services, student bus transportation services, summer school program, after-school programs, adult education, driver education, and use of school facilities.
  • Trust funds (purple): May include donations & gifts, foundations & other grants, school athletic program activity collections, and “fair share” and School Impact District​ developer fees.
budget chart​​

Here is a breakdown of Department Operating budget funding across all sources dating to FY 2009-10
(Source: Executive Biennium and Supplemental Budget Bills):

FY2016-17 FY2015-16 FY2014-15 FY2013-14
General funds $1,567,678,982 $1,530,655,758 $1,402,889,559 $1,399,913,038
Federal funds $265,034,049 $258,012,049 $250,994,824 $259,250,749
Special funds $83,954,451 $96,755,747 $95,339,367 $95,339,367
Trust funds $17,640,000 $17,640,000 $24,290,000 $24,290,000
TOTAL $1,934,307,482 $1,903,063,554​ $1,773,513,750 $1,778,793,154
FY2012-13 FY2011-12 FY2010-11 FY2009-10
General funds $1,348,108,657 $1,365,566,677 $1,253,433,452 $1,396,097,613
Federal funds $284,547,256 $311,496,353 $305,716,386 $374,991,570
Special funds $96,535,944 $88,045,223 $79,055,420 $75,406,544
Trust funds $32,919,060 $32,990,000 $13,716,215 $13,750,000
TOTAL $1,762,110,917 $1,798,098,253 $1,651,921,473 $1,860,245,727

How does Hawaii’s educational spending compare?

The funding of public schools is typically expressed “per pupil” — how much school districts are taking in and spending divided by the number of students served. It is helpful to look at Hawaii’s spending relative to other states and the District of Columbia. Here are some key findings of the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual report on Public Education ​Finances​, reflecting Fiscal Year 2014 data, released in June 2016 (figures pulled from Tables 11 and 12):

  • FY 2014​ PER-PUPIL FUNDING: $14,434

REVENUES — Hawaii is:

  • 17th in the nation for per-pupil revenue. Hawaii has one of the highest costs of living in the country, yet its school system receives less than 16 other states.
  • 31st in the nation for revenue per $1,000 of personal income in the state. Hawaii’s public schools are given $43.19 for every $1,000 of income earned in the state. Thirty other states spend a larger fraction of personal income on public schools. The U.S. average is $43.91. The highest is Alaska at $67.60.

SPENDING — Hawaii is:

  • 16th in the nation for per-pupil spending. We are:
    • 16th in the nation for spending on instruction ($7,464 per pupil)
    • 51st in the nation (last among all states and D.C.) for spending on general administration ($53)
    • 11th in the nation for spending on school administration ($806)

Per-pupil funding includes monies from EDNs 100-400, and includes all means of finance: state, federal, special and trust. It also includes fringe benefits for general-funded employees that are not appropriated in the Department’s EDNs — since they are budgeted centrally at the Department of Budget and Finance for all general-funded employees. This is important to understand because it creates an appearance of a substantial difference between the amount of per-pupil funding given to the Department and that given to the state’s public charter schools, which only looks at EDNs 100-400 relating to the state’s general fund — this is the funding formula in statute under Act 106, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012. By that base calculation, for FY 2015-16, per-pupil funding for the Department and charter schools was $6,911.15.

Annual Financial and Single Audit Report

An independent report analyzing financial statements of the public school system, including operating, capital improvement and federal funds. FY 2016 report released March 24, 2017. View report.​

Annual Financial Report

The Department presents its Annual Financial Report to inform the public of the total cost of public education in Hawaii. It is a key component of department accountability and public transparency. The Annual Financial Report provides both Operating and CIP fund information, including operating revenues, receipts and expenditures. We have included operational costs such as repairs and maintenance of school facilities, and other expenses incurred by state and county agencies for public education purposes.

Budget allocations since 1999

Links to databases of allocations to Department offices, districts and schools. View by allocation number, program and/or organization.


Contact Information

Budget Branch

Phone: 808-784-6020

Email: doe_info@hawaiidoe.org

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Districts/Complex Areas

Hawaii’s 256 public K-12 schools are distributed into 42 “complexes,” made up of a high school and its feeder schools. Complexes are grouped on a geographic basis into 15 complex areas, each of which is led by a complex area superintendent appointed by the department superintendent. The complex areas are distributed into seven geographic school districts, each of which is represented on the Hawaii State Board of Education.

The districts and complex areas are divided as follows:

Oahu (four districts, nine complex areas)


  • Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani
  • Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt


  • Aiea-Moanalua-Radford
  • Leillehua-Mililani-Waialua
  • Leeward
  • Campbell-Kapolei
  • Pearl City-Waipahu
  • Nanakuli-Waianae


  • Castle-Kahuku
  • Kailua-Kalaheo

Hawaii (one district, three complex areas)


  • Hilo-Laupahoehoe-Waiakea
  • Kau-Keaau-Pahoa
  • Honokaa-Kealakehe-Kohala-Konawaena

Maui/Molokai/Lanai (one district, two complexes)


  • Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui
  • Hana-Lahainaluna-Lanai-Molokai

Kauai/Niihau: (one district, one complex)


  • Kapaa-Kauai-Waimea


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Hawaii Department of Education

March 2018

Tuesday, March 20

DOE Official Slapped With Ethics Fine Is Reassigned

Tuesday, March 6

Feds Say Hawaii Falls Short In Dealing With School Bullying

February 2018

Friday, February 23

Hawaii Schools Chief: Threats Against Schools ‘Aren’t Taken Lightly’

Thursday, February 22

‘We Are So Far Behind’: Hawaii Legislators Look To Make Schools Safer

Tuesday, February 13

ACLU Demands Equal Treatment For Female Athletes In Hawaii Schools

Friday, February 9

Hawaii Schools Can’t Seem To Give Breakfast Away

Wednesday, February 7

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

January 2018

Tuesday, January 30

Charter Schools And Special Ed Will Be In The Legislative Spotlight

Thursday, January 25

DOE Official Fined For Using State Resources On Her Doctoral Work

Thursday, January 18

What If A Missile Scare Happened On A School Day?

Tuesday, January 2

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

December 2017

Friday, December 29

Hawaii Looks To Spur School Creativity With ‘Innovation Grants’

Thursday, December 28

Hawaii’s Expanding Hunt For The Elusive Schoolteacher

Tuesday, December 19

Why Vocational Education Is Back In Vogue in Some Hawaii Schools

Tuesday, December 12

Charter School Debuts An Online Hawaiian-English Dictionary

November 2017

Thursday, November 30

How ‘Zombie Maze’ Is Teaching Hawaii Kids Computer Science

Tuesday, November 21

Hawaii Has Fewer Certified Teachers This Year

October 2017

Thursday, October 12

Educators: Pidgin Belongs In Hawaii Schools

September 2017

Friday, September 29

How Hawaii Schools Are Rethinking Social Studies

Wednesday, September 13

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

Tuesday, September 12

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

Tuesday, September 5

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

Friday, September 1

Teaching Civility In The Time Of Trump

August 2017

Wednesday, August 23

DOE And Rejected Vendor Clash Over Maui Bus Driver Shortage

Tuesday, August 22

New Hawaii Schools Chief: ‘That’s What I Believe In’

Thursday, August 10

Shortage of Bus Drivers Leave Maui Students, Parents Scrambling

Wednesday, August 2

New Hawaii Schools Chief’s First Priority: Listening

July 2017

Friday, July 14

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

June 2017

Wednesday, June 28

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

Friday, June 23

Governor Approves Loans For Energy Savings In Schools

Monday, June 12

A Later Start Time May Be Helping This School’s Students Succeed

May 2017

Tuesday, May 23

New School Fees Approved Along Final Stretch Of Rail Line

Friday, May 19

Schools Poised To Receive Millions In ‘Green Energy’ Loans

March 2017

Monday, March 13

School Chief Search Resumes After Candidate Withdraws

The Search For A New Hawaii Schools Chief Just Suffered A Major Setback

February 2017

Friday, February 10

Hawaii Teacher: We’re Getting What We Asked For From HSTA

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