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Hawaii Grads Missing Out On College Grants Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Grads Missing Out On College Grants

Roughly 45 percent of high school grads didn't fill out an application for federal student aid in 2014.
Ige: Dengue Response Is Making State ‘Vulnerable In Other Places’ Cory Lum / Civil Beat

Ige: Dengue Response Is Making State ‘Vulnerable In Other Places’

The Hawaii Department of Health needs more resources if it ever needs to deal with disease outbreaks elsewhere in the state.
Living Hawaii: Can You Afford To Be A Teacher In The Islands? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Can You Afford To Be A Teacher In The Islands?

The cost of living weighs so heavily on schoolteachers that many fear they will never get ahead if they stay here.
Zika Declared Global Health Emergency Graham Snodgrass / Courtesy of Army Medical

Zika Declared Global Health Emergency

The virus is suspected to cause birth defects and is spreading rapidly across Latin America.
Feds Say Hawaii Is Not Equipped To Deal With A Zika Outbreak Graham Snodgrass / Courtesy of Army Medical

Feds Say Hawaii Is Not Equipped To Deal With A Zika Outbreak

A widespread outbreak is unlikely in the islands, but "critical deficiencies" at the state Department of Health suggest possible challenges in responding should such an emergency arise.
The Heat Is On State Lawmakers To Cool Off School Classrooms PF Bentley/Civil Beat

The Heat Is On State Lawmakers To Cool Off School Classrooms

A teachers union proposal to raise taxes for wide-ranging education improvements is a long shot, but just about everyone is talking about more air conditioning.
Do Parents And Teachers Really Have A Say In How Schools Run? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

A decade after Act 51 mandated that each school in Hawaii have a school community council, it’s unclear how well the system is — or isn’t — working. 
BOE Forms Investigative Committee To Explore Charter School Oversight PF Bentley/Civil Beat

BOE Forms Investigative Committee To Explore Charter School Oversight

The state school board says concerns over charter schools and the commission that oversees them warrants a closer look.
Charter School Oversight Is An Increasingly Contentious Issue Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Charter School Oversight Is An Increasingly Contentious Issue

Comments from a recent Board of Education listening tour highlight the troubled relationship between charter schools and the state agency tasked with overseeing them.
CDC Secrecy Over UH Biolab Safety Failures Challenged In Court Flickr: NIAID

CDC Secrecy Over UH Biolab Safety Failures Challenged In Court

Updated: A Hawaii law center is suing the Centers for Disease Control to release a safety report critical of a University of Hawaii biolab.
Union Dues Case Before High Court Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Union Dues Case Before High Court

Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association could have a huge impact on public sector unions nationwide, and Hawaii unions are watching the case carefully.
Are Charter Schools Funded Equitably? Lawmakers Want Clearer Numbers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Are Charter Schools Funded Equitably? Lawmakers Want Clearer Numbers

Legislators consider money requests from the Charter School Commission and the state Department of Education.