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Hawaii Students Feel Safer At School, But Not Everywhere Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Students Feel Safer At School, But Not Everywhere

The 2018-19 School Climate Survey from the Hawaii Department of Education shows a wide discrepancy in student safety responses among public high schools.

UH Faculty, Staff Now Eligible For Home Ownership Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat

UH Faculty, Staff Now Eligible For Home Ownership Program

Landed is expanding in Hawaii to include employees in higher ed.

TMT Protest Movement Spurs Enrollment In Immersion Schools PF Bentley/Civil Beat

TMT Protest Movement Spurs Enrollment In Immersion Schools

Several Hawaiian immersion schools are seeing a spike in interest this year from parents energized by opposition to construction of a telescope on Mauna Kea.

DOE Leans On Schools To Cool Their Own Classrooms PF Bentley/Civil Beat

DOE Leans On Schools To Cool Their Own Classrooms

Schools with the infrastructure to support new air conditioning units will be tasked with paying for and installing units on their own, instead of relying on the DOE.

Budget Shortfall Forces Kapiolani Community College To Cut Classes, Jobs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Budget Shortfall Forces Kapiolani Community College To Cut Classes, Jobs

The college has seen a 25% decline in enrollment over the last decade and plans to eliminate 329 student employee positions in the coming year.

Hawaii DOE Releases Revised Data on Student Suspensions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii DOE Releases Revised Data on Student Suspensions

Release of the data comes amid efforts to correct what the DOE says was erroneous counts of students suspensions in the 2015-16 school year.

Court Rules Hawaiian Immersion Access Is Constitutional Right Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Court Rules Hawaiian Immersion Access Is Constitutional Right

The 49-page decision from the Hawaii Supreme Court hinges on amendments made to the state Constitution in 1978 to revive Hawaiian language and culture.

Feds: Hawaii Still Coming Up Short In Meeting Special Education Needs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds: Hawaii Still Coming Up Short In Meeting Special Education Needs

Hawaii still needs assistance in implementing provisions of a federal law designed to improve services for special education students.

Education Think Tank Sues The DOE For Financial Data Civil Beat

Education Think Tank Sues The DOE For Financial Data

The Education Institute of Hawaii claims the state department is violating Hawaii’s open records laws by refusing to turn over most of the requested financial records.

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.