Civil Beat Staff

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 slee@civilbeat.org or follow on twitter at @suevlee

This Ballot Measure Is Sparking Intense Debate Over Hawaii’s Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Ballot Measure Is Sparking Intense Debate Over Hawaii’s Schools

The proposed constitutional amendment is already one of the most contentious issues to go before voters in the 2018 election.

DOE Proposes Increases For Executive-Level Salaries Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Proposes Increases For Executive-Level Salaries

The proposed raises would be at slightly lower percentages than DOE employees represented by unions.

Department Of Education Settles Bullying Lawsuit for $10,000

Department Of Education Settles Bullying Lawsuit for $10,000

The July agreement pertains to a claim that school officials failed to address anti-gay slurs directed at two Big Island students.

Federal Money Is Running Out For Charter Schools’ Pre-K Programs Courtesy of Carolann Larson

Federal Money Is Running Out For Charter Schools’ Pre-K Programs

The Legislature will be asked to replace money from an expiring federal grant that helped establish 18 pre-K charter classrooms.

Judge: Property Tax Measure For Schools Can Stay On Ballot Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge: Property Tax Measure For Schools Can Stay On Ballot

UPDATED: All four Hawaii counties had challenged the wording of a constitutional amendment authorizing the state to tax investment property to help fund education.

Board of Education To Wait On Approving New Student Discipline Code Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Board of Education To Wait On Approving New Student Discipline Code

Board members want state education officials to clarify some points in the code governing student misconduct and discipline.

Hawaii DOE Looks To Strengthen Its Student Discipline Code Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii DOE Looks To Strengthen Its Student Discipline Code

The state was told in January its administrative law does not comply with federal anti-discrimination regulations.

Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge To Romy Cachola’s Primary Win Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge To Romy Cachola’s Primary Win

The ruling, however, said the allegations “may warrant further investigation” by state agencies.

Lawsuit Slams DOE For ‘Grossly Inadequate’ Anti-Bullying Policies Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Slams DOE For ‘Grossly Inadequate’ Anti-Bullying Policies

The suit asks for a court-appointed special master to oversee the anti-harassment program in the Hawaii Department of Education.

Hawaii Turns To Military In Search For More Teachers Anthony Quintano

Hawaii Turns To Military In Search For More Teachers

The state received a $600,000 grant to help recruit current and former service members for new careers in island classrooms.

Attorney: No Proof Of Election Fraud by State Rep. Romy Cachola In Primary Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Attorney: No Proof Of Election Fraud by State Rep. Romy Cachola In Primary

UPDATED: Cachola attorney Michael Green says without being able to review sealed declarations by two of the unnamed plaintiffs, allegations of election fraud are “purely speculative.”

Honolulu Designates 20 Schools As Hurricane Shelters Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Honolulu Designates 20 Schools As Hurricane Shelters

UPDATED: The shelters — to be used as a last resort — have a total capacity of 55,000, according to city officials.