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The Fight Against Flight At Hawaii’s Public Middle Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Fight Against Flight At Hawaii’s Public Middle Schools

Educators know they have to persuade parents that this isn’t the time to send their kids to private school — or a different public school.

Hawaii Public Schools Sued Over Unequal Treatment Of Female Athletes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Public Schools Sued Over Unequal Treatment Of Female Athletes

UPDATED: The ACLU lawsuit comes 10 months after the group sent a demand letter to the state Department of Education over the lack of a girls locker room at Campbell High.

Want To Teach In Hawaii? The Job Often Comes With A Big Pay Cut Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Teachers from the mainland only get credit for a few years of seniority, creating another challenge in efforts to address Hawaii’s teacher shortage.

Lawsuit Claims State Denies Critical Therapy For Kids With Autism Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Claims State Denies Critical Therapy For Kids With Autism

The suit alleges the departments of Education and Human Services aren’t coordinating to provide legally required services at schools.

Hawaii Aims To Quicken The Pace Of School Repairs Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Hawaii Aims To Quicken The Pace Of School Repairs

The Department of Education wants to demystify how it is handling a hefty repair and maintenance backlog.

Hawaii’s Teacher Shortage Is Getting Worse Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Teacher Shortage Is Getting Worse

The latest employment data from the Hawaii DOE shows a year-over-year struggle to hold on to teachers as the number of positions continues to grow.

Protections For Transgender Kids Still Spotty Inside Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Protections For Transgender Kids Still Spotty Inside Schools

It’s been three years since the Hawaii Department of Education issued guidance around transgender student protections. But how widely have those policies been implemented in the schools?

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

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

In 1921, Ethel Day was recruited from Illinois to teach in Honolulu. She would be the first in a line of Hawaii school teachers that spans nearly a century.

Hawaii Democrats Cheer New Balance of Power In Washington Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Democrats Cheer New Balance of Power In Washington

But local Republicans took solace in their expanded majority in the U.S. Senate.

Why The Effort To Curb School Bullying In Hawaii Isn’t Working Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

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

The Department of Education has historically opposed legislation, saying its own policies will be sufficient. But the lawsuits keep coming.

A Maui Mother Recounts Her Daughter’s Struggle With Bullying Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Maui Mother Recounts Her Daughter’s Struggle With Bullying

The fourth-grader’s experience is included in a pending lawsuit against the Hawaii Department of Education.

With ConAm Invalidated, Supporters And Opponents Ponder Next Moves Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

With ConAm Invalidated, Supporters And Opponents Ponder Next Moves

If Hawaii is going to spend more on public education, it’s unclear where the money will come from.