June 2010

June 29, 2010

Hawaii House Members to Look Into Investments

The House of Representatives responds to a Senate resolution to create a committee to investigate the state's $1 billion in failed student-loan-backed auction-rate securities.

Ed Board ‘Lessens’ Special Ed Cuts, Shares $15M Cut With Other Programs

The Hawaii State Board of Education voted unanimously Monday at a board meeting to redistribute about $15.3…

June 28, 2010

Hawaii GOP Runs Radio Ads to Recruit Candidates

"Have you ever thought about running for public office? Aloha, I'm Jonah Kaauwai, chairman of the Hawaii Republican Party..."

UPDATE: ‘Major Breakthrough’ In Sewer Lawsuit

Mayor Mufi Hannemann on Monday announced a proposed agreement to end years of litigation over Honolulu’s sewage system. “This…

Update: Education Department Rejects Information Request, Won’t Say How Many Teachers Fired

The state Department of Education won't provide information regarding how many teachers have been let go over the past five years, raising the question of whether it has the answer. No "summary" of such actions exists, Civil Beat is told.

UPDATE: Bank of Hawaii Opposes Civil Unions Veto

Another influential member of the Hawaii Business Roundtable's executive committee backs away from asking Lingle to veto HB 444. Bank says any administrative issues arising from bill are "manageable."

The Ticker: Money Stories From Around the Web for Monday, June 28

Across our screens today: Stock markets and the World Cup. A little musical diddy on legal tender. Personal…

Education Links for Monday, June 28

Every weekday I’m sharing the day’s top education stories from my reads and feeds. Top of this morning: Hawaii’s education…

Land Links for Monday, June 28

Every day, I’m scouring the Internet for land use and environmental news from around the state and around the world…

Hawaii Links for Monday, June 28

Top of mind: Lingle's schedule, the City Council's schedule, the holiday schedule

UPDATE: With Passing of Sen. Robert Byrd, Hawaii’s Dan Inouye Becomes Senate President Pro-Tem

Already the second-longest serving senator in U.S. history, Inouye — a medal of Honor winner who was first elected in 1962 — now is also third in line for the presidency after Biden, Pelosi. Inouye is running for re-election in November, for his ninth term.

June 27, 2010

Numbers Don’t Add Up at New Star-Advertiser

Three Sundays. Three lead stories in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser based on numbers. Three times the figures are misused and don’t…

Discussion: Electric Cars

Hawaii is considered an ideal spot to introduce electric vehicles because the size of the islands limits…

Discussion: Legal Access

When access to justice is denied, justice is perceived as available only to those who can pay for it, says…

Facilitating Justice for All

Unmet legal needs and what to do about them a troubling issue. Serving “the least, the lost, and the left out” a noble cause, Circuit Court Judge Michael Town tells UH legal conference.

June 26, 2010

Inaccurate “Correction” by Star-Advertiser

Maybe it’s time for Honolulu’s newest news organization to hire a public editor, the way The New York…

Discussion: Hawaii Agriculture

Agriculture has been one of the backbones of the Hawaii Economy. It’s changing as the state changes.

June 25, 2010

Principals Without Power

How would you like to be the boss and not have control over who’s on your team? That’s the situation…

Discussion: Education Accountability

Accountability has become a buzzword in education circles. There’s much talk about giving principals more authority, making them more like…

Drought Puts Hawaii Ranchers Up the Creek

Facing a year-long rain shortage in what has become the driest state in the country, Big Island ranchers are struggling and will be for some time yet. Costs are up, revenues are down, cows are dying and fewer are being born.