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Hawaii Schools Superintendent To Step Down After Her Contract Expires In July Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Schools Superintendent To Step Down After Her Contract Expires In July

Christina Kishimoto faced intense criticism from the teachers’ union and principals over what they said was a failure to present a clear strategy for dealing with the pandemic.

Board of Ed Defers Debate On Superintendent Contract Renewal Screenshot

Board of Ed Defers Debate On Superintendent Contract Renewal

Christina Kishimoto has called criticism of her leadership style “a distraction,” saying she needs to focus on more important issues.

Hawaii Aims To Reopen Elementary Schools After Spring Break Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Aims To Reopen Elementary Schools After Spring Break

The guidance comes after several behind-the-scenes meetings involving the Department of Education and other state leaders.

Hawaii Preschools See Declines In Enrollment And Available Seats Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Preschools See Declines In Enrollment And Available Seats

Private pre-kindergarten programs have lost $7 million in tuition as fewer families send children to school, according to the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools.

Hawaii Gives Green Light To Limited In-Person Graduation Ceremonies Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Hawaii Gives Green Light To Limited In-Person Graduation Ceremonies

The ceremonies must be held outdoors or in a place with “adequate ventilation” and adhere to other strict COVID-19 safety protocols.

This Private School Will Soon Begin Doing COVID-19 Tests On Campus Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Private School Will Soon Begin Doing COVID-19 Tests On Campus

Iolani School’s high teacher vaccination rate and plans to soon offer free coronavirus testing to students set it apart from public schools.

Hawaii Always Had A Hard Time Recruiting Teachers. The Pandemic Made It Harder Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Always Had A Hard Time Recruiting Teachers. The Pandemic Made It Harder

Hawaii is rethinking its teacher recruitment strategies, including virtual job fairs, but it’s a hard sell when even preexisting successful initiatives face a shaky future.

DOE Superintendent Says Better Spacing Guidance Is Needed For School Reopenings Screenshot

DOE Superintendent Says Better Spacing Guidance Is Needed For School Reopenings

Christina Kishimoto said she’ll meet with state health officials and lawmakers Friday to discuss how best to proceed in light of new federal guidance.

A DOE Bid To End Teacher Salary Incentives Is Getting Pushback Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A DOE Bid To End Teacher Salary Incentives Is Getting Pushback

The salary incentives were implemented last year to retain special education teachers and other hard-to-fill positions.