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Kim Coco Iwamoto

Kim Coco Iwamoto was elected to the Hawaii Board of Education in 2006 and served until 2011. She also served on the Hawaii Teachers Standards Board from 2009 to 2011 and the Career & Technical Education Coordinating Advisory Council from 2007 to 2011. She was appointed to a four-year term on the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission in 2012.
This Landlord-Investor Says Vote ‘Yes’ On ConAm For Schools Courtesy of Kim Coco Iwamoto

This Landlord-Investor Says Vote ‘Yes’ On ConAm For Schools

Insufficiently funding public education exacerbates the economic disparities we see in Hawaii.

Kim Coco: Ending Support for a Reading Program That Works Achieve3000

Kim Coco: Ending Support for a Reading Program That Works

An online program with proven results over the past five years in serving Hawaii students finds itself on the chopping block, without support for its contract renewal.

Kim Coco: In Heald Closure, Echoes of Madoff, Mortgage Meltdown

Kim Coco: In Heald Closure, Echoes of Madoff, Mortgage Meltdown

Facing a $30-million fine over use of false stats to sell their campuses to students, Heald Colleges closed for good last week. Where did it all go wrong?
Kim Coco: Chances for Redemption on Mauna Kea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kim Coco: Chances for Redemption on Mauna Kea

Gov. Ige's moratorium on the TMT project gives the UH Board of Regents, OHA and Mayor Billy Kenoi opportunities to revisit past choices.
Kim Coco: Contradictory Efforts on School Bullying, Workplace Harassment Diego Grez via Wikimedia

Kim Coco: Contradictory Efforts on School Bullying, Workplace Harassment

As Hawaii moves forward with anti-bullying efforts to protect our children, we should not move backward on anti-harassment protections for workers. 
Kim Coco: Perpetuating Patriarchy, Not Promoting Patriotism U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Aaron Cram

Kim Coco: Perpetuating Patriarchy, Not Promoting Patriotism

Legislators should reject a measure to add state, county and educational penalties to federal punishment for not registering with Selective Service.
Kim Coco: Now that UH Has a Plan, Will Legislature Support It? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Kim Coco: Now that UH Has a Plan, Will Legislature Support It?

By approving a six-year strategic plan for capital improvements, the Board of Regents has done what legislators have long sought.
Kim Coco: Pesticides and Schools — Who Should State Protect? Flickr.com

Kim Coco: Pesticides and Schools — Who Should State Protect?

You'd think the state's Department of Education and Board of Education would be all for keeping students and staff safe from chemical spraying.
Kim Coco: Entering Another Cycle of Neglect for School Maintenance Civil Beat

Kim Coco: Entering Another Cycle of Neglect for School Maintenance

The Legislature ignores the sheer size of the total backlog, and the Hawaii Department of Education traditionally asks for a small percentage of what's needed.
Kim Coco: DOE Must Expand Local Control; Athletics Good Place to Start Hawaii Department of Education

Kim Coco: DOE Must Expand Local Control; Athletics Good Place to Start

Why is the $11 million interscholastic sports budget still treated as a sacred cow that can't be trusted to the decisions of individual schools?
Kim Coco: Reform Fatigue? Ige & Co. Have a Chance to Effect Real Change Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kim Coco: Reform Fatigue? Ige & Co. Have a Chance to Effect Real Change

Some advice for the new governor as he presses ahead with his education agenda.
Kim Coco: Hawaii’s 4-Year-Olds Adrift in Election’s Aftermath Courtesy of For the Future of Our Keiki

Kim Coco: Hawaii’s 4-Year-Olds Adrift in Election’s Aftermath

After a promising start four years ago, the state's effort to reform early childhood educations lies in ruins. What will rise from them?
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