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Hawaii’s Shrinking Schools Raise Questions About Student Transfer Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Shrinking Schools Raise Questions About Student Transfer Program

DOE data shows the popularity of “geographic exceptions” that let students transfer out of their local schools is surging.

DOE Leadership Starting Work On New 10-Year Strategic Plan Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

DOE Leadership Starting Work On New 10-Year Strategic Plan

With the DOE’s current plan due to sunset in 2020, it’s clear many academic success “targets,” such as reducing student absenteeism and increasing teacher retention, won’t be met.

Hitting The Road To Stem Summer Hunger Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Hitting The Road To Stem Summer Hunger

On the Waianae coast, the state DOE deploys a food truck to distribute free, freshly packaged meals to kids in need.

The DOE’s Chief Financial Officer Is Leaving For UH Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The DOE’s Chief Financial Officer Is Leaving For UH

Amy Kunz’s appointment to the University of Hawaii system was tucked in a recent meeting agenda item from the UH Board of Regents.

New Pre-K Locations Announced After Expansion Bill Becomes Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Pre-K Locations Announced After Expansion Bill Becomes Law

The developments come after the question of who would be in charge of pre-kindergarten expansion was a hot topic during the legislative session.

Hawaii Provided ‘Inaccurate’ Data On Student Restraint And Seclusion Civil Beat

Hawaii Provided ‘Inaccurate’ Data On Student Restraint And Seclusion

The state erroneously reported there were no such cases in 2015-16, the latest school year studied nationwide. Last school year, 66 Hawaii schools reported at least one restraint case.

Hawaii Teachers Pose Questions At NEA Presidential Forum Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teachers Pose Questions At NEA Presidential Forum

Two local teachers saw their questions selected from among about 1,800 submitted in advance for some of the top contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination.

DOE Assistant Superintendent For Facilities Stepping Down Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Assistant Superintendent For Facilities Stepping Down

Dann Carlson is leaving the Education Department to become 154th Wing Commander with the Hawaii Air National Guard.

DOE Required To Collect More Teacher Data Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Required To Collect More Teacher Data

A recently signed law includes more specifics on what the Hawaii DOE must report in order in order to help narrow the teacher retention gap.

These Teachers Want To Make School ‘Cool To Talk About’ Courtesy Lia-Lucine Cary via Maestro Vibes

These Teachers Want To Make School ‘Cool To Talk About’

Three Big Island teachers are producing a podcast, “Maestros Vibe,” that covers a range of topics from teacher shortages to the school-to-prison pipeline.

New Law Will Cover All Teachers’ License Fees Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Law Will Cover All Teachers’ License Fees

Act 116 provides $1.3 million in annual funding to the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board, the licensing entity for Hawaii educators.

Here’s Why Student Absenteeism Is Plummeting At Waipahu Elementary Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s Why Student Absenteeism Is Plummeting At Waipahu Elementary

The school pursues some simple strategies for getting kids to school: home visits, phones calls to parents, emergency supplies of clean clothes and rewards like extra recess.