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 or follow her on Twitter at @suevlee.

December 2018

Tuesday, December 11

The Fight Against Flight At Hawaii’s Public Middle Schools

Thursday, December 6

Hawaii Public Schools Sued Over Unequal Treatment Of Female Athletes

Monday, December 3

Want To Teach In Hawaii? The Job Often Comes With A Big Pay Cut

November 2018

Friday, November 30

Lawsuit Claims State Denies Critical Therapy For Kids With Autism

Wednesday, November 28

Hawaii Aims To Quicken The Pace Of School Repairs

Thursday, November 15

Hawaii’s Teacher Shortage Is Getting Worse

Tuesday, November 13

Protections For Transgender Kids Still Spotty Inside Schools

Thursday, November 8

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

Wednesday, November 7

Hawaii Democrats Cheer New Balance of Power In Washington

October 2018

Monday, October 29

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

A Maui Mother Recounts Her Daughter’s Struggle With Bullying

Monday, October 22

With ConAm Invalidated, Supporters And Opponents Ponder Next Moves

Thursday, October 4

Supreme Court Agrees To Consider Challenge Of Constitutional Amendment

Hawaii DOE Wants To Classify Bullying At Highest Offense Level

Monday, October 1

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

September 2018

Wednesday, September 26

Counties Ask Supreme Court To Invalidate Ballot Measure For School Funds

Monday, September 24

This Ballot Measure Is Sparking Intense Debate Over Hawaii’s Schools

Tuesday, September 18

DOE Proposes Increases For Executive-Level Salaries

Friday, September 14

Department Of Education Settles Bullying Lawsuit for $10,000

Wednesday, September 12

Federal Money Is Running Out For Charter Schools’ Pre-K Programs

Friday, September 7

Judge: Property Tax Measure For Schools Can Stay On Ballot

Thursday, September 6

Board of Education To Wait On Approving New Student Discipline Code

Hawaii DOE Looks To Strengthen Its Student Discipline Code

August 2018

Friday, August 31

Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge To Romy Cachola’s Primary Win

Hawaii Turns To Military In Search For More Teachers

Lawsuit Slams DOE For ‘Grossly Inadequate’ Anti-Bullying Policies

Wednesday, August 29

Attorney: No Proof Of Election Fraud by State Rep. Romy Cachola In Primary

Wednesday, August 22

Honolulu Designates 20 Schools As Hurricane Shelters

Monday, August 20

Elections Suit Accuses State Lawmaker Of Voter Fraud And Intimidation

Tuesday, August 14

Crossing America In The Hunt For New Teachers

Monday, August 6

Why College Now Starts In High School For So Many Hawaii Kids

July 2018

Monday, July 23

Trying To Build ‘Generation One’ Of Micronesian Voters

Thursday, July 19

The Painful Demise Of A Big Island Charter School

Tuesday, July 10

Teachers Channel Frustrations Into Political Campaigns

Monday, July 9

State Revokes Charter Of Big Island School

Thursday, July 5

How Hawaii Is Trying To ‘Grow Our Own’ Pipeline of New Teachers

June 2018

Wednesday, June 27

Economists: Public Employee Union Membership Is Bound To Drop

Wednesday, June 13

The Crusade To Keep Hawaii Kids Fed This Summer

Tuesday, June 12

Vog From Kilauea Increases The Need For Classroom Air Conditioning

Thursday, June 7

Eruption Threatens Future Of Some Big Island Charter Schools

Tuesday, June 5

A Gathering Of Exceptional Students Where Grades Take A Back Seat

Monday, June 4

Innovation Pays Off For These Hawaii Schools

May 2018

Friday, May 25

Study: Hawaii Lacks Sufficient High-Quality Child Care

Monday, May 21

Hawaii Teachers Union Backs Gabbard Opponent For Congress

Monday, May 14

School Board: Schools ‘Heading In The Right Direction’ Under New Leader

Thursday, May 10

This Marshallese Tutor Is A ‘Connection To Home’ For Students

An Arkansas School District Goes All-In Welcoming Marshallese Students

Wednesday, May 9

How Hawaii Schools Are Building Bridges To Micronesian Students

Wednesday, May 2

Legislature Approves Bill To Protect Against Sex-Based Discrimination

April 2018

Friday, April 27

Feds: Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Kids Suspended Far More Often

Monday, April 23

Voters Will Decide Whether To Hike Property Taxes To Fund Schools

Thursday, April 19

Study: Few Hawaii Students Have Access To After-School Meals

Wednesday, April 18

Are Hawaii Schools Doing Enough To Address Bullying?

Tuesday, April 10

Hawaii Teachers Think Your Kids Are Taking Way Too Many Tests

Monday, April 9

Ige’s Pick To Lead School Board Has An Unusual Background: Education

Wednesday, April 4

Bill Calls For Hawaii To Protect Students Who Allege Harassment

March 2018

Friday, March 23

Hawaii Students Organize Several ‘March For Our Lives’ Rallies

Wednesday, March 21

The NRA Is Giving Hawaii Schools A Lot Of Money

Tuesday, March 20

DOE Official Slapped With Ethics Fine Is Reassigned

Wednesday, March 14

Hawaii Students Join Walkouts In Wake Of School Shootings

Tuesday, March 13

ACLU Says State Has No Plan To Address Gender Equity Issues

Students Find Their Voice In Preparing For Wednesday Walkouts

Tuesday, March 6

Feds Say Hawaii Falls Short In Dealing With School Bullying

February 2018

Friday, February 23

Hawaii Schools Chief: Threats Against Schools ‘Aren’t Taken Lightly’

Thursday, February 22

‘We Are So Far Behind’: Hawaii Legislators Look To Make Schools Safer

Friday, February 9

Hawaii Schools Can’t Seem To Give Breakfast Away

Wednesday, February 7

Female Athletes Get The Short End Of The Stick At Some Hawaii High Schools

January 2018

Tuesday, January 30

Charter Schools And Special Ed Will Be In The Legislative Spotlight

Thursday, January 25

DOE Official Fined For Using State Resources On Her Doctoral Work

Tuesday, January 23

Hawaii Education Plan Gets A Green Light From The Feds

Thursday, January 18

What If A Missile Scare Happened On A School Day?

Tuesday, January 2

An Inside Look At Ige’s Request For Millions More In Education Spending

December 2017

Friday, December 29

Hawaii Looks To Spur School Creativity With ‘Innovation Grants’

Thursday, December 28

Hawaii’s Expanding Hunt For The Elusive Schoolteacher

Wednesday, December 27

Do SAT Takers Have An Unfair Edge For UH Scholarships?

Tuesday, December 19

Why Vocational Education Is Back In Vogue in Some Hawaii Schools

Tuesday, December 12

Charter School Debuts An Online Hawaiian-English Dictionary

Wednesday, December 6

Board Of Education Seeks Public Money For Charter School Facilities

Monday, December 4

UH Graduate Students Say GOP Tax Plan Could Derail Their Education

November 2017

Thursday, November 30

How ‘Zombie Maze’ Is Teaching Hawaii Kids Computer Science

Tuesday, November 21

Hawaii Has Fewer Certified Teachers This Year

Monday, November 20

UH Manoa’s College of Education Names New Dean

Disabled Job Seekers Left In Limbo By Agency’s Cash Crunch

Monday, November 6

Missing School Has Become A Huge Problem in Hawaii

October 2017

Monday, October 30

Will Regular Classrooms Better Serve Hawaii’s Special Ed Students?

Friday, October 20

Can School Gardens Get Kids To Eat Their Vegetables?

OHA Money Will Go Directly To Hawaiian Charter Schools

Thursday, October 12

Educators: Pidgin Belongs In Hawaii Schools

Tuesday, October 10

New Rule Pushes Hawaii To Hire More Certified Teachers

Monday, October 2

Grading Hawaii’s New Schools Chief

September 2017

Friday, September 29

How Hawaii Schools Are Rethinking Social Studies

Thursday, September 21

Hawaiian Charter School Concerns Dominate OHA Meeting

Native Hawaiian Schools: Fight Erupts Over Money Management

Monday, September 18

These Big Oahu Schools Got Bigger — And Small Ones Keep Shrinking

Wednesday, September 13

Preschool In Hawaii: Expensive And ‘Ridiculously Hard to Find’

Tuesday, September 12

Jury Clears School In Use Of Chair And Seat Belt For Special Ed Preschooler

Tuesday, September 5

DOE: Maui’s Suspended School Bus Routes Are Being Restored

Friday, September 1

Teaching Civility In The Time Of Trump

August 2017

Wednesday, August 23

DOE And Rejected Vendor Clash Over Maui Bus Driver Shortage

Tuesday, August 22

New Hawaii Schools Chief: ‘That’s What I Believe In’

Monday, August 21

Will More Nurses in Hawaii Schools Help Keep Kids In Class?

Friday, August 18

Hawaii Gov. David Ige Talks Schools With Civil Beat

Monday, August 14

This Honolulu Charter School Has Found A Unique Way To Survive

Thursday, August 10

Shortage of Bus Drivers Leave Maui Students, Parents Scrambling

Wednesday, August 2

New Hawaii Schools Chief’s First Priority: Listening

July 2017

Thursday, July 20

Foreign Student Spending in Hawaii Decreases By 25 Percent

Tuesday, July 18

Some Students Shut Out Of School’s Marcus Mariota Event

Friday, July 14

The Scramble To Recruit New Teachers — And Keep Them In Hawaii

Wednesday, July 5

Here’s Some Help Understanding Hawaii’s Plans For Improving Public Schools

June 2017

Wednesday, June 28

Hawaii Part-Time Teachers, Subs Lose Legal Battle For Millions In Back Pay

Friday, June 23

Governor Approves Loans For Energy Savings In Schools

Wednesday, June 21

Hawaii School Board Signs Off On Bid For Federal Dollars

Friday, June 16

Hawaii Scrambles To Cool Down Hot Classrooms