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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.
About 8% of the state’s public school students are “English learners,” with the most common first languages being Ilocano, Chuukese, Marshallese and Tagalog.
A long-range DOE facilities plan has identified $7 billion in “top priority” capital needs, from adding more classrooms to repairing aging schools.
The fees on new residential developments in certain areas have proven controversial since they were authorized by the Legislature in 2007.
Damien Barcarse of the Big Island would bring Hawaiian language fluency and cultural knowledge to the position.
After a long absence, Hawaii’s education department is bringing back a committee to advise top leaders on how schools can comply with Title IX.
Versions of a measure giving the state some financial oversight of the schools have cleared both chambers. Opponents say it takes away their autonomy.
Policymakers say more transparency about current spending is needed before more public money is earmarked for schools.
Gov. David Ige’s remarks suggest he believes the statewide school administration, not the office delegated to bolster early learning programs, should be in charge.
While this feedback doesn’t affect the superintendent’s year-end performance rating, it’ll be followed closely by the Board of Education.
Hawaii’s system was meant to make school funding more equitable. But in places like Hana and Molokai, it’s meant cutting teachers and class offerings.
The Legislature approved creating a state version of the federal Title IX law, but its January 2020 implementation will be delayed.