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Jessica Terrell

Why Are Online Classes, Degrees Hard To Get At The University Of Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Are Online Classes, Degrees Hard To Get At The University Of Hawaii?

UH Manoa offers two fully online degree programs, a stark contrast to the 16 programs offered on average at comparable institutions.
‘What The Hell Have I Gotten Myself Into?’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘What The Hell Have I Gotten Myself Into?’

A reporter discovers an unusual homeless camp in Waianae — and learns a lot about herself in the process.

University Of Hawaii Seeks A Speedier Path To Graduation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

University Of Hawaii Seeks A Speedier Path To Graduation

Two-thirds of UH Manoa students may not be taking all the courses they need to graduate in four years. Can a new computer program change that and save the state millions?

Christmas Brings Gifts, And Possibly Toilets, To Homeless Encampment Jessica Terrell/ Civil Beat

Christmas Brings Gifts, And Possibly Toilets, To Homeless Encampment

Holiday donations are helping The Harbor, Hawaii's largest and most unusual homeless community, which is working to become more self-sustaining.
Will Ambitious Teachers Union Plan Fly? Unlikely, But It Starts The Conversation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Ambitious Teachers Union Plan Fly? Unlikely, But It Starts The Conversation

A tax increase is almost certainly a non-starter at the Legislature, but the call for education reform from new union leaders will at least focus attention on the issues.
U.S. Bids A Not-So-Fond Farewell To ‘No Child Left Behind’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

U.S. Bids A Not-So-Fond Farewell To ‘No Child Left Behind’

The new law replacing No Child Left Behind is being heralded as a return to local control; but in Hawaii, little may change.
Lawmakers Criticize University of Hawaii Budget, Maintenance PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Criticize University of Hawaii Budget, Maintenance

UH's deferred maintenance backlog is now $503 million — a displeasing figure to members of the House Committee on Higher Education.
State Homeless Coordinator: No Sweep Planned For The Harbor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Homeless Coordinator: No Sweep Planned For The Harbor

Scott Morishige says -- again -- that community dialogue will play a key role in developing plans for the state's largest homeless community.
Auditor Spotlights Financial And Oversight Problems At Charter Schools Halau Lokahi

Auditor Spotlights Financial And Oversight Problems At Charter Schools

The Charter School Commission was lax in monitoring the now-closed Halau Lokahi school, and possibly other schools, a report says.
Disagreements Over Charter School Oversight Coming To A Head PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Disagreements Over Charter School Oversight Coming To A Head

The Board of Education is embarking on a charter school listening tour, after complaints from charter school leaders about current oversight.
First Fear, Then Hope For The Harbor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

First Fear, Then Hope For The Harbor

People living in Hawaii’s largest homeless encampment were afraid of a sweep last week, but an outpouring of community support is giving them hope for some very different kinds of change.

No Sweep Of The Harbor Planned, Says State Homeless Coordinator Cory Lum/Civil Beat

No Sweep Of The Harbor Planned, Says State Homeless Coordinator

Rumors are swirling, but Scott Morishige says any action on the state-owned land in Waianae would be based on input from the community and service providers.