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In 2017, the percentage of new teachers hired from the mainland grew, while the percentage from Hawaii shrunk.
Some education advocates are concerned that the evaluation of Christina Kishimoto wasn’t tied more closely to data about school performance.
Information on bad teachers, including details of misconduct and current status, is hard to get in Hawaii, despite a state law requiring its release.
Concerns were raised after the board voted in executive session to reward the state superintendent with an additional contract year.
The Board of Education wants to send a clear message it is pleased with Christina Kishimoto’s performance since taking over the DOE in 2017.
The BOE wants to help field questions about the byzantine inner workings of the budget for public 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.
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.
Teachers from the mainland only get credit for a few years of seniority, creating another challenge in efforts to address Hawaii’s teacher shortage.
The suit alleges the departments of Education and Human Services aren’t coordinating to provide legally required services at schools.