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Lanai School Gets Hawaiian Immersion Classroom Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Lanai School Gets Hawaiian Immersion Classroom

The creation of a Hawaiian language immersion program comes seven years after a Lanai mother filed a lawsuit against the DOE.

Parents Say DOE’s Effort To Create Distance Learning For Hawaiian Immersion Is Overdue April Estrellon/Civil Beat/2020

Parents Say DOE’s Effort To Create Distance Learning For Hawaiian Immersion Is Overdue

A scramble to establish a Hawaiian language immersion distance program this year for families concerned about Covid-19 only began after parents complained.

Have To Stay Home From School Due To Covid Quarantine? You’re Excused Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Have To Stay Home From School Due To Covid Quarantine? You’re Excused

The Hawaii Department of Education revised its attendance policy but didn’t say whether kids kept home because their parents fear Covid exposure would also be excused.

Some Hawaii Island Students Can Now Ride Hele-On Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Some Hawaii Island Students Can Now Ride Hele-On

The partnership between DOE and Hele-On is in response to a statewide school bus driver shortage that’s led to lack of space on the bus.

Some Hawaii Schools Have Not Yet Launched A Free Covid-19 Testing Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Some Hawaii Schools Have Not Yet Launched A Free Covid-19 Testing Program

Implementation requires swift coordination by schools and complex areas, and some just don’t have the staff to administer tests and send them to labs.

Many Head Start Classes Go Back Online Amid Covid Surge Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Many Head Start Classes Go Back Online Amid Covid Surge

The decision came as the delta variant spread rapidly in communities served by the federally funded preschool program.

Hawaii Education Plan for ‘Learning Acceleration’ Short on Details, Board Members Say Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Education Plan for ‘Learning Acceleration’ Short on Details, Board Members Say

Some members wanted more specificity and strategic planning from DOE officials on how to help students catch up.

Native Hawaiian Education Programs To Receive $28 Million In Federal Dollars

Native Hawaiian Education Programs To Receive $28 Million In Federal Dollars

The funding comes from the American Rescue Plan, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, who chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Former Hawaii Legislator Joins Board of Education on Interim Basis Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Former Hawaii Legislator Joins Board of Education on Interim Basis

Lyla Berg, who owns a leadership consulting company, will serve at least through June.