May 2010

May 06, 2010

Discussion: Furlough Fridays

Lessons For Our Children From Furlough Fridays ARTICLES: Feds: Union Wrong, Teachers Can Work Legally For Free How…

UPDATE: Still Unemployed? You’re Not Alone

A new study on national unemployment rates says that national long-term unemployment is here for the long-haul.

UPDATE: Maui Pineapple Co. Dragged Into Human Trafficking Story

One of Hawaii's oldest and most successful agricultural companies is implicated in a new report detailing immoral and potentially illegal labor practices involving a company that provides migrant Thai workers.

UPDATE: Tax-Exempt Bonds Help Private Schools Make Campus Improvements

Gov. Lingle authorized the release of up to $20 million in special-purpose revenue bonds to Kaimuki Christian School.

May 05, 2010

UPDATE: City Council Demands More Financial Details About Rail Plan

Insufficient information sparks further inquiry into the financials for the largest capital project in city's history

UPDATE: UCLA Prof Says Couples Will Seek Civil Unions

If Hawaii approves civil unions, significant numbers of same-sex couples are likely to register for the partnership, says a national policy think-tank expert.

UPDATE: Postal Workers Assisting Rising Ranks of Hawaii’s Hungry

The Hawaii Foodbank has seen a 39 percent rise in individuals needing assistance since 2005. Postal workers are offering an easy way to help by collecting food as they deliver the mail on Saturday.

UPDATE: Are Our Attempts at Education Reform the Right Approach?

In a new book, an education historian says many of our ideas for improving student achievement fall far short of effecting any real change.

UPDATE: The Trash Pile Isn’t Moving

More than 20,000 tons of trash still needs to be shipped to the mainland and there's no indication of when it will be removed.

May 04, 2010

UPDATE: High School Students Commit to Pursuing New Advanced Diploma

More than 2,200 of Hawaii's public high school students have signed the "Step Up" pledge to exceed the state's standard graduation requirements.

UPDATE: State Has Shifted More Than 80,000 Acres to Urban Uses Since 1964

Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request, the Hawaii Land Use Commission has provided documents that show how land originally placed in the agricultural and conservation districts has been urbanized in the last half-century.
UPDATE: The House on the House Budget

UPDATE: The House on the House Budget

The House of Representatives have posted several helpful charts and tables illustrating how it balanced the budget this session.

UPDATE: Vast Majority of Local School Boards in U.S. Elected

Before Hawaii makes a decision about an appointed versus elected board of education: What are other districts doing?

UPDATE: Congressional Debate Shows Dems on the Run

Case and Djou mostly attack each other while Hanabusa gets in her own jabs

UPDATE: Lessons for Hawaii in the Gulf Coast Oil Spill?

In the two weeks since a drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, millions of gallons of oil have bubbled to the surface. How would Hawaii be affected if something similar happened in nearshore waters?

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UPDATE: What’s All the Flushing Doing to the Ocean?

The impacts of sewage piped into the ocean off Sand Island and the Waianae coast are being reassessed.
Discussion: Civil Beat

Discussion: Civil Beat

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May 03, 2010

UPDATE: GOP Star Scott Brown Endorses Djou

UPDATE: GOP Star Scott Brown Endorses Djou

National attention on race shows GOP thinks it can retake a Democratic seat.

UPDATE: College Students Helping Make the Most of Furlough Fridays

Some college students have been holding workshops for public school students to keep them learning on furlough days.