Alan Isbell

Alan Isbell teaches fourth grade at Wailuku Elementary School on Maui. He is president of the Hawaii State Teachers Association, Maui Chapter.
Maui County Council Race: Strong Political Factions Are Fighting Each Other Maui County

Maui County Council Race: Strong Political Factions Are Fighting Each Other

The so-called Ohana candidates are in a political battle with the candidates on the Hui O Maui slate, a classic battle of progressives vs. conservatives.

Public Art Is Transforming This Maui Town

Public Art Is Transforming This Maui Town

UPDATED: Wailuku, Maui’s county seat, has become home to dozens of murals aimed at engaging the public.

Superintendent’s Leadership Style Justifies Top-Down Accountability Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Superintendent’s Leadership Style Justifies Top-Down Accountability

Kathryn Matayoshi’s reign has been considerably less than collaborative with teachers and principals.

Deja Vu for Teachers: A New School Year With the Same Old Challenges

Deja Vu for Teachers: A New School Year With the Same Old Challenges

The state's desperate effort to fill teaching positions by offering one-time incentives proves that salaries here aren't enough to attract highly qualified teachers.
Common Core? Who’s It For?

Common Core? Who’s It For?

Big business has taken over our public schools. Companies are making obscene profits selling tests, textbooks, and other items they say teachers cannot be without.
Real School Reform Remains in Question

Real School Reform Remains in Question

A response to state school Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.