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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.

Building A Hawaiian Language Curriculum Classroom By Classroom April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Building A Hawaiian Language Curriculum Classroom By Classroom

As Hawaiian immersion programs soar in popularity, the lack of a common curriculum remains a big challenge.

Hawaii DOE’s Next 10-Year Vision Will Have To Wait Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii DOE’s Next 10-Year Vision Will Have To Wait

The Board of Education deferred voting on approval of the plan, saying it warrants more scrutiny and discussion.

Charter Commission Director Steps Down For New DOE Role Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Charter Commission Director Steps Down For New DOE Role

Sione Thompson was nominated to be the next complex area superintendent for Nanakuli-Waianae.

Why Hawaii Isn’t Competitive In Recruiting Teachers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii Isn’t Competitive In Recruiting Teachers

A recent study found Hawaii teacher salaries don’t go as far when compared to other school districts in high-price areas.

Plan For Dramatic Expansion Of Hawaii Pre-K Programs Still Lacks Details Suevon Lee

Plan For Dramatic Expansion Of Hawaii Pre-K Programs Still Lacks Details

A proposal by Gov. David Ige and legislative leaders sets a goal of providing childcare or preschool options for all 3- and 4-year-olds in Hawaii by 2030.

 

Hawaii Looks To The Philippines For Its Newest Teacher Recruits Getty Images

Hawaii Looks To The Philippines For Its Newest Teacher Recruits

In an effort to plug the teacher shortage, the Hawaii Department of Education sent two officials to Manila on its first-ever international recruiting effort.

Saiki Proposes Tax Funding Measure To Raise Teacher Pay Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Saiki Proposes Tax Funding Measure To Raise Teacher Pay

Under the House Speaker’s plan, voters could approve a constitutional amendment giving the Hawaii Board of Education power to increase property taxes.

Judge: ACLU Title IX Suit Cannot Proceed As Class Action Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge: ACLU Title IX Suit Cannot Proceed As Class Action

The ruling comes as a setback to the plaintiffs, who are pursuing a discrimination claim on behalf of female athletes at Campbell High School.

DOE Faces More Tough Questions Over How It Will Pay For Teacher Raises

DOE Faces More Tough Questions Over How It Will Pay For Teacher Raises

Education officials began providing $10 million in incentives for special ed and rural teachers without a guarantee the Hawaii Legislature will fund the pay increases in the future.

Lawyer: Mid-Pac Institute ‘Showed Stupefying Incompetence’ In Death Of Boy Bickerton Law Group

Lawyer: Mid-Pac Institute ‘Showed Stupefying Incompetence’ In Death Of Boy

The school’s day camp supervisors did a number of things wrong the day a 5-year-old boy and a camp supervisor drowned during a beach outing, a new lawsuit says.

Hawaii Leaders Back Ambitious Plan To Rapidly Expand Preschool Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Leaders Back Ambitious Plan To Rapidly Expand Preschool

The immediate goal of the five-year plan is to increase the number of pre-K classrooms in the state by 100 a year.

DOE Wants To Raise Pay For Experienced Hawaii Teachers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Wants To Raise Pay For Experienced Hawaii Teachers

The plan, aimed at reducing the teacher shortage by enticing senior educators to remain in the classroom, is the next phase of a broader teacher recruitment and retention plan.