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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 Schools Under Pressure To Provide More Data About Remote Learning Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Schools Under Pressure To Provide More Data About Remote Learning

Since the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools in March, the Hawaii schools chief says 80% to 95% of students have “consistent access to education material.”

Hawaii School Superintendent Gets ‘Effective’ Rating From Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii School Superintendent Gets ‘Effective’ Rating From Board

But the Board of Education scored the school chief poorly in areas like operations, resource and personnel management.

Current Board of Education Member May Not Be Renominated Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Current Board of Education Member May Not Be Renominated

Two new boards members were confirmed by the full Senate Thursday, but the renomination of Kili Namauu has been stalled by the Senate Education Committee.

Hawaii Public Schools Gear Up For Summer Programs Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Hawaii Public Schools Gear Up For Summer Programs

The Hawaii DOE expects participation in summer school to be much higher than in recent years.

DOE Is Opening Up Classrooms This Summer For Some Students Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Is Opening Up Classrooms This Summer For Some Students

The schools superintendent said in-person instruction will be reserved for students who are struggling with virtual learning.

Hawaii DOE Reminder On Refunds, Online Registration Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii DOE Reminder On Refunds, Online Registration

The superintendent also sent a message of thanks to the school community.

Survey: People Are Taking ‘Wait And See’ Approach To Visiting Businesses Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Survey: People Are Taking ‘Wait And See’ Approach To Visiting Businesses

The results are based on 402 responses to a survey done by a Honolulu market research firm.

Schools Chief: Use Federal Bailout Money To Avoid Teacher Pay Cuts Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Schools Chief: Use Federal Bailout Money To Avoid Teacher Pay Cuts

Superintendent Christina Kishimoto outlined some plans for federal stimulus money, including keeping salaries at current levels.

UH Is Making Students Vacate Campus Housing Next Week Cory Lum/Civil Beat

UH Is Making Students Vacate Campus Housing Next Week

About 750 students still live on campus at the University of Hawaii Manoa. But most are being told to move out by May 16 even as the stay-at-home order makes it hard to find housing.

Ige Says Child Care Centers Can Reopen. But Are They Ready? Suevon Lee

Ige Says Child Care Centers Can Reopen. But Are They Ready?

At least 100 private, licensed facilities have never closed since the pandemic, limiting care to children of essential workers.

Private Schools May Suffer As Cash-Strapped Families Can’t Afford Tuition Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Private Schools May Suffer As Cash-Strapped Families Can’t Afford Tuition

Some schools are offering more financial aid to try and help families who are feeling the economic brunt of the coronavirus pandemic.

DOE Chief: Distance Learning Will Still Fill A Need Once Classrooms Reopen Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Chief: Distance Learning Will Still Fill A Need Once Classrooms Reopen

The Hawaii schools superintendent outlined some plans for a post-pandemic school system in a letter to Hawaii’s congressional delegation Monday.