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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.

Here’s Why Student Absenteeism Is Plummeting At Waipahu Elementary Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s Why Student Absenteeism Is Plummeting At Waipahu Elementary

The school pursues some simple strategies for getting kids to school: home visits, phones calls to parents, emergency supplies of clean clothes and rewards like extra recess.

Fewer Bus Rides For Low-Income Kids? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Fewer Bus Rides For Low-Income Kids?

DOE officials said the departments needs to cut eligibility because the expansion of a federal free meal service to low-income students “inadvertently” made made free bus rides more widely available.

ACLU Says Hawaii Schools Are Suspending Too Many Students Ethan Porter

ACLU Says Hawaii Schools Are Suspending Too Many Students

Not only is there a racial disparity in suspensions, but the days lost to that punishment in the islands far exceed the national average, according to a new analysis.

The Challenges Of Finding Hawaii’s Next Generation Of Teachers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Challenges Of Finding Hawaii’s Next Generation Of Teachers

As the number of new teachers coming out of local colleges declines, the state Department of Education hopes “teacher academies” and other strategies will ignite new interest in the profession.

Teachers Who Stay In Hawaii Find Ways To Close The Culture Gap Ku’u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Teachers Who Stay In Hawaii Find Ways To Close The Culture Gap

The diversity of Hawaii’s public schools student population isn’t matched by the makeup of the state’s teachers.

Housing Costs Put A Crimp On Keeping Teachers In Hawaii Ku’u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Housing Costs Put A Crimp On Keeping Teachers In Hawaii

DOE is partnering with a developer to help educators with down payments, but other states are going much further by building teacher housing.

Homegrown Teachers Are The Norm At Molokai High Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Homegrown Teachers Are The Norm At Molokai High

The school defies Hawaii’s revolving door of teachers at many isolated schools, with the vast majority staying more than five years.

Where Hawaii’s Chronic Teacher Shortage Hits Hardest Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Where Hawaii’s Chronic Teacher Shortage Hits Hardest

Students at rural or lower-income schools are less likely to be taught by experienced, fully qualified teachers than elsewhere, DOE data shows.

Hawaii School Superintendent Gets High Marks In Year 2 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii School Superintendent Gets High Marks In Year 2

Christina Kishimoto received a positive evaluation from the state Board of Education.

Nonprofit Group Says DOE Is Withholding Key Financial Data Bianca Smallwood/Civil Beat

Nonprofit Group Says DOE Is Withholding Key Financial Data

The Education Institute of Hawaii is trying to pressure the state into providing information for a financial database to shed light on school funding practices.

HSTA: ‘Please Stop Grading Public Schools’ Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

HSTA: ‘Please Stop Grading Public Schools’

The teachers union president echoes the school superintendent footsteps by criticizing a monthly magazine’s annual ranking of public schools.

How Hawaii’s Average Teacher Salary Ranks In US Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Hawaii’s Average Teacher Salary Ranks In US

A new analysis compares how teacher salaries in the U.S. stack up against each other.