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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.

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.

Waimea Middle Will Get Back Withheld Settlement Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Waimea Middle Will Get Back Withheld Settlement Money

The Charter School Commission voted Thursday to reinstate the $75,000.

Assistant Superintendent Retires From DOE Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Assistant Superintendent Retires From DOE

Donna Lum-Kagawa, who was assistant superintendent in the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design, retired at the end of 2019.

Hawaii Board Of Education Wants More Transparency In School Construction Projects Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Board Of Education Wants More Transparency In School Construction Projects

The Department of Education is expected to identify the criteria it uses in deciding how to divide the money it gets to repair and maintain school facilities.

A $75,000 Settlement Is Scaring Hawaii Charter Schools Ku’u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

A $75,000 Settlement Is Scaring Hawaii Charter Schools

A recent legislative directive that forces state agencies to cover the costs of legal claims could have a big impact on charter schools.

Some Students Go Hungry As They Navigate UH Law School Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Some Students Go Hungry As They Navigate UH Law School

A group of students, aided by alumni at the William S. Richardson School of Law, are setting up a food pantry to ensure fellow students have a steady supply of food.

Lawsuit: DOE Retaliated When Staffer Reported Misuse Of Federal Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit: DOE Retaliated When Staffer Reported Misuse Of Federal Funds

Carol Young says her troubles began when she blew the whistle on faulty payments to a DOE office worker.

Hawaii Board of Education Votes To Approve Extra Pay For Hard-To-Find Teachers Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Hawaii Board of Education Votes To Approve Extra Pay For Hard-To-Find Teachers

Some members were skeptical about the plans to pay for proposed pay differentials for teachers in areas like special ed and Hawaiian language immersion.

DOE Plan Would Boost Pay For Hard-To-Fill Teaching Positions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Plan Would Boost Pay For Hard-To-Fill Teaching Positions

Updated: The governor said he will include the salary differentials in his executive supplemental budget request to the Legislature.