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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.

Multilingual Report Cards May Be Coming Soon To Hawaii Schools Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Multilingual Report Cards May Be Coming Soon To Hawaii Schools

About 8% of the state’s public school students are “English learners,” with the most common first languages being Ilocano, Chuukese, Marshallese and Tagalog.

DOE Lays Out A 10-year ‘Road Map’ For Fixing Old Schools, Building New Ones Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Lays Out A 10-year ‘Road Map’ For Fixing Old Schools, Building New Ones

A long-range DOE facilities plan has identified $7 billion in “top priority” capital needs, from adding more classrooms to repairing aging schools.

State Initiates Audit Of School Impact Fees On Developers Department of Education

State Initiates Audit Of School Impact Fees On Developers

The fees on new residential developments in certain areas have proven controversial since they were authorized by the Legislature in 2007.

Ige Appoints Kamehameha Schools Official To Board of Education Office of the Governor

Ige Appoints Kamehameha Schools Official To Board of Education

Damien Barcarse of the Big Island would bring Hawaiian language fluency and cultural knowledge to the position.

Following Lawsuit, DOE Revives Its Gender Equity Committee Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Following Lawsuit, DOE Revives Its Gender Equity Committee

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.

Charter School Clampdown Has Educators Worried About Their Independence Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Charter School Clampdown Has Educators Worried About Their Independence

Versions of a measure giving the state some financial oversight of the schools have cleared both chambers. Opponents say it takes away their autonomy.

Push To Increase Spending On Schools Loses Momentum Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Push To Increase Spending On Schools Loses Momentum

Policymakers say more transparency about current spending is needed before more public money is earmarked for schools.

The Battle Over Preschool Puts Hawaii Governor On The Hot Seat Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

The Battle Over Preschool Puts Hawaii Governor On The Hot Seat

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.

School Chief Chooses Some Of The People Helping To Evaluate Her Cory Lum/Civil Beat

School Chief Chooses Some Of The People Helping To Evaluate Her

While this feedback doesn’t affect the superintendent’s year-end performance rating, it’ll be followed closely by the Board of Education.

Who Should Run Hawaii’s Pre-K Program? Suevon Lee

Who Should Run Hawaii’s Pre-K Program?

School Superintendent Christina Kishimoto is arguing DOE needs to be more heavily involved in the expansion of Hawaii’s pre-K program.

Rural Schools Take A Big Hit In Hawaii’s Funding Formula

Rural Schools Take A Big Hit In Hawaii’s Funding Formula

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.

Overdue Report Holds Up Hawaii Plan To Prevent Gender Discrimination Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Overdue Report Holds Up Hawaii Plan To Prevent Gender Discrimination

The Legislature approved creating a state version of the federal Title IX law, but its January 2020 implementation will be delayed.