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Bill To Expand Public Preschool Teed Up For Full Senate Vote Flickr.com

Bill To Expand Public Preschool Teed Up For Full Senate Vote

Legislation that bolsters the early learning office’s control over public pre-K also includes a substantial amount of funding to other DOE programs.

More Fiscal Transparency Appears On The Way For Charter Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More Fiscal Transparency Appears On The Way For Charter Schools

Some charter school leaders say the bill detracted from what’s most important: more funding for their schools.

Partnership Aims To Help Hawaii Teachers Buy Homes Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Partnership Aims To Help Hawaii Teachers Buy Homes

A San Francisco company unveiled a new partnership with state education and business leaders to help school teachers afford to buy homes here.

Bill To Expand Public Preschool Teed Up For Full Senate Vote Flickr.com

Bill To Expand Public Preschool Teed Up For Full Senate Vote

Legislation that bolsters the early learning office’s control over public pre-K also includes a substantial amount of funding to other DOE programs.

Multilingual Report Cards May Be Coming Soon To Hawaii Schools Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Multilingual Report Cards May Be Coming Soon To Hawaii Schools

About 8% of the state’s public school students are “English learners,” with the most common first languages being Ilocano, Chuukese, Marshallese and Tagalog.

DOE Lays Out A 10-year ‘Road Map’ For Fixing Old Schools, Building New Ones Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Lays Out A 10-year ‘Road Map’ For Fixing Old Schools, Building New Ones

A long-range DOE facilities plan has identified $7 billion in “top priority” capital needs, from adding more classrooms to repairing aging schools.

Hawaii School Chief Asks DeVos About Teacher Shortage Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii School Chief Asks DeVos About Teacher Shortage

Christina Kishimoto mentioned the challenge of teacher retention in remote areas.

State Initiates Audit Of School Impact Fees On Developers Department of Education

State Initiates Audit Of School Impact Fees On Developers

The fees on new residential developments in certain areas have proven controversial since they were authorized by the Legislature in 2007.

Ige Appoints Kamehameha Schools Official To Board of Education Office of the Governor

Ige Appoints Kamehameha Schools Official To Board of Education

Damien Barcarse of the Big Island would bring Hawaiian language fluency and cultural knowledge to the position.

Following Lawsuit, DOE Revives Its Gender Equity Committee Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Following Lawsuit, DOE Revives Its Gender Equity Committee

After a long absence, Hawaii’s education department is bringing back a committee to advise top leaders on how schools can comply with Title IX.

Charter School Clampdown Has Educators Worried About Their Independence Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Charter School Clampdown Has Educators Worried About Their Independence

Versions of a measure giving the state some financial oversight of the schools have cleared both chambers. Opponents say it takes away their autonomy.

Push To Increase Spending On Schools Loses Momentum Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Push To Increase Spending On Schools Loses Momentum

Policymakers say more transparency about current spending is needed before more public money is earmarked for schools.