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Hilo Science Teacher Is A Finalist For National Teacher of the Year Courtesy: Hawaii DOE

Hilo Science Teacher Is A Finalist For National Teacher of the Year

Whitney Aragaki of Waiakea High School was named the 2022 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year in December.

DOE Officials Preview Budget Priorities To Hawaii Lawmakers Screenshot/2022

DOE Officials Preview Budget Priorities To Hawaii Lawmakers

The interim superintendent, meanwhile, apologized for the recent failure of dozens of schools to report the number of Covid cases as required by law.

Is The Hawaii Legislature Ready To Give Teachers A Raise? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Is The Hawaii Legislature Ready To Give Teachers A Raise?

The economic outlook is sharply improved from last year’s legislative session, when the theme was staving off job cuts or teacher furloughs.

Hawaii Schools Scramble To Cope With Teacher And Student Absences Ludwig Laab/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Schools Scramble To Cope With Teacher And Student Absences

Hundreds of teachers called out sick, while many students were kept home due to illness or parental fears about a surge in Covid-19.

Several Hawaii Charter Schools Return To Online Learning Amid Covid Surge Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Several Hawaii Charter Schools Return To Online Learning Amid Covid Surge

The decision came as many DOE schools face severe staff shortages in the first week back to school after a winter break.

800 Hawaii Teachers Call Out Sick In A Single Day Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

800 Hawaii Teachers Call Out Sick In A Single Day

Some schools had to deploy other staff to monitor students as the state Department of Education sought to avoid closures.

Hawaii Public Schools Will Reopen After Break Despite Covid Worries Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Hawaii Public Schools Will Reopen After Break Despite Covid Worries

The interim superintendent stressed the importance of maintaining in-person instruction for students’ academic and emotional growth.

Schools Supplied By Navy Water Scramble To Provide Students With Water And Food Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Schools Supplied By Navy Water Scramble To Provide Students With Water And Food

A 2-week winter break will relieve some strain on displaced families and teaching staff but the future outlook is still cloudy.

Hawaii Schools See An Uptick In Covid-19 Cases Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Schools See An Uptick In Covid-19 Cases

The numbers remain relatively low but raise concern about a possible surge ahead of the two-week winter break.