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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’s Teacher Shortage Is Getting Worse Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Teacher Shortage Is Getting Worse

The latest employment data from the Hawaii DOE shows a year-over-year struggle to hold on to teachers as the number of positions continues to grow.

Protections For Transgender Kids Still Spotty Inside Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Protections For Transgender Kids Still Spotty Inside Schools

It’s been three years since the Hawaii Department of Education issued guidance around transgender student protections. But how widely have those policies been implemented in the schools?

For Four Generations, Teaching Has Been ‘The Family Business’ Courtesy Shane Albritton

For Four Generations, Teaching Has Been ‘The Family Business’

In 1921, Ethel Day was recruited from Illinois to teach in Honolulu. She would be the first in a line of Hawaii school teachers that spans nearly a century.

Hawaii Democrats Cheer New Balance of Power In Washington Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Democrats Cheer New Balance of Power In Washington

But local Republicans took solace in their expanded majority in the U.S. Senate.

Why The Effort To Curb School Bullying In Hawaii Isn’t Working Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Why The Effort To Curb School Bullying In Hawaii Isn’t Working

The Department of Education has historically opposed legislation, saying its own policies will be sufficient. But the lawsuits keep coming.

A Maui Mother Recounts Her Daughter’s Struggle With Bullying Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Maui Mother Recounts Her Daughter’s Struggle With Bullying

The fourth-grader’s experience is included in a pending lawsuit against the Hawaii Department of Education.

With ConAm Invalidated, Supporters And Opponents Ponder Next Moves Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

With ConAm Invalidated, Supporters And Opponents Ponder Next Moves

If Hawaii is going to spend more on public education, it’s unclear where the money will come from.

Supreme Court Agrees To Consider Challenge Of Constitutional Amendment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Supreme Court Agrees To Consider Challenge Of Constitutional Amendment

UPDATED: The justices will hold a hearing Oct. 18 regarding the proposed ConAm on the Nov. 6 ballot to raise property taxes for public education.

Hawaii DOE Wants To Classify Bullying At Highest Offense Level Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii DOE Wants To Classify Bullying At Highest Offense Level

UPDATED: The Board of Education approved the department’s proposal to make bullying a Class A offense — among several revisions to its student misconduct code.

Chamber Of Commerce Pours $600K Into Fighting School-Funding Measure Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chamber Of Commerce Pours $600K Into Fighting School-Funding Measure

Teachers have a half-million dollars of their own to support the proposal, while unions organize opposition to a constitutional convention.

Counties Ask Supreme Court To Invalidate Ballot Measure For School Funds Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Counties Ask Supreme Court To Invalidate Ballot Measure For School Funds

They seek a ruling before the Nov. 6 vote on a constitutional amendment that would authorize the state to collect property taxes.

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.