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Suevon Lee

Suevon Lee joined Honolulu Civil Beat as a reporter in June 2017.

She was previously based in Los Angeles, where she wrote for legal news wire Law360. She also served as editor-in-chief of former print culture magazine, KoreAm Journal.

She has also worked in New York, where she was a reporting intern for ProPublica and editor/reporter for an affiliate publication of the New York Law Journal. She has also spent time in Florida, covering courts for the Ocala Star-Banner.

Originally from the D.C. suburbs, Suevon graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in English. She holds a masters from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a master of studies in law from Yale Law School.

You can reach Suevon via email at slee@civilbeat.org or follow her on Twitter at @suevlee.

Hawaii School Superintendent’s Contract Extended For One Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii School Superintendent’s Contract Extended For One Year

Some education advocates are concerned that the evaluation of Christina Kishimoto wasn’t tied more closely to data about school performance.

Education Officials Are Keeping Teacher Misconduct A Secret Civil Beat

Education Officials Are Keeping Teacher Misconduct A Secret

Information on bad teachers, including details of misconduct and current status, is hard to get in Hawaii, despite a state law requiring its release.

School Board To Revote On Superintendent’s Contract — This Time Publicly Cory Lum/Civil Beat

School Board To Revote On Superintendent’s Contract — This Time Publicly

Concerns were raised after the board voted in executive session to reward the state superintendent with an additional contract year.

Hawaii’s Schools Chief Could Get One-Year Contract Extension Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Schools Chief Could Get One-Year Contract Extension

The Board of Education wants to send a clear message it is pleased with Christina Kishimoto’s performance since taking over the DOE in 2017.

State Education Board Plans To Lobby Legislature Directly Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Education Board Plans To Lobby Legislature Directly

The BOE wants to help field questions about the byzantine inner workings of the budget for public schools.

The Fight Against Flight At Hawaii’s Public Middle Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Fight Against Flight At Hawaii’s Public Middle Schools

Educators know they have to persuade parents that this isn’t the time to send their kids to private school — or a different public school.

Hawaii Public Schools Sued Over Unequal Treatment Of Female Athletes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Public Schools Sued Over Unequal Treatment Of Female Athletes

UPDATED: The ACLU lawsuit comes 10 months after the group sent a demand letter to the state Department of Education over the lack of a girls locker room at Campbell High.

Want To Teach In Hawaii? The Job Often Comes With A Big Pay Cut Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Want To Teach In Hawaii? The Job Often Comes With A Big Pay Cut

Teachers from the mainland only get credit for a few years of seniority, creating another challenge in efforts to address Hawaii’s teacher shortage.

Lawsuit Claims State Denies Critical Therapy For Kids With Autism Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Claims State Denies Critical Therapy For Kids With Autism

The suit alleges the departments of Education and Human Services aren’t coordinating to provide legally required services at schools.

Hawaii Aims To Quicken The Pace Of School Repairs Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Hawaii Aims To Quicken The Pace Of School Repairs

The Department of Education wants to demystify how it is handling a hefty repair and maintenance backlog.

Hawaii’s Teacher Shortage Is Getting Worse Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Teacher Shortage Is Getting Worse

The latest employment data from the Hawaii DOE shows a year-over-year struggle to hold on to teachers as the number of positions continues to grow.

Protections For Transgender Kids Still Spotty Inside Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Protections For Transgender Kids Still Spotty Inside Schools

It’s been three years since the Hawaii Department of Education issued guidance around transgender student protections. But how widely have those policies been implemented in the schools?