Civil Beat Staff

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 DOE Releases Revised Data on Student Suspensions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii DOE Releases Revised Data on Student Suspensions

Release of the data comes amid efforts to correct what the DOE says was erroneous counts of students suspensions in the 2015-16 school year.

Court Rules Hawaiian Immersion Access Is Constitutional Right Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Court Rules Hawaiian Immersion Access Is Constitutional Right

The 49-page decision from the Hawaii Supreme Court hinges on amendments made to the state Constitution in 1978 to revive Hawaiian language and culture.

Feds: Hawaii Still Coming Up Short In Meeting Special Education Needs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds: Hawaii Still Coming Up Short In Meeting Special Education Needs

Hawaii still needs assistance in implementing provisions of a federal law designed to improve services for special education students.

Education Think Tank Sues The DOE For Financial Data Civil Beat

Education Think Tank Sues The DOE For Financial Data

The Education Institute of Hawaii claims the state department is violating Hawaii’s open records laws by refusing to turn over most of the requested financial records.

Hawaii’s Shrinking Schools Raise Questions About Student Transfer Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Shrinking Schools Raise Questions About Student Transfer Program

DOE data shows the popularity of “geographic exceptions” that let students transfer out of their local schools is surging.

DOE Leadership Starting Work On New 10-Year Strategic Plan Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

DOE Leadership Starting Work On New 10-Year Strategic Plan

With the DOE’s current plan due to sunset in 2020, it’s clear many academic success “targets,” such as reducing student absenteeism and increasing teacher retention, won’t be met.

Hitting The Road To Stem Summer Hunger Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Hitting The Road To Stem Summer Hunger

On the Waianae coast, the state DOE deploys a food truck to distribute free, freshly packaged meals to kids in need.

The DOE’s Chief Financial Officer Is Leaving For UH Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The DOE’s Chief Financial Officer Is Leaving For UH

Amy Kunz’s appointment to the University of Hawaii system was tucked in a recent meeting agenda item from the UH Board of Regents.

New Pre-K Locations Announced After Expansion Bill Becomes Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Pre-K Locations Announced After Expansion Bill Becomes Law

The developments come after the question of who would be in charge of pre-kindergarten expansion was a hot topic during the legislative session.

Hawaii Provided ‘Inaccurate’ Data On Student Restraint And Seclusion Civil Beat

Hawaii Provided ‘Inaccurate’ Data On Student Restraint And Seclusion

The state erroneously reported there were no such cases in 2015-16, the latest school year studied nationwide. Last school year, 66 Hawaii schools reported at least one restraint case.

Hawaii Teachers Pose Questions At NEA Presidential Forum Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teachers Pose Questions At NEA Presidential Forum

Two local teachers saw their questions selected from among about 1,800 submitted in advance for some of the top contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination.

DOE Assistant Superintendent For Facilities Stepping Down Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Assistant Superintendent For Facilities Stepping Down

Dann Carlson is leaving the Education Department to become 154th Wing Commander with the Hawaii Air National Guard.