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School Funds, Special Education Programs Face Cuts In DOE Budget Proposal Cory Lum/Civil Beat

School Funds, Special Education Programs Face Cuts In DOE Budget Proposal

Hawaii State Teachers Association warns that proposed cuts could mean a loss of 1,000 teacher positions.

Hawaii Public Schools Keep Losing Students Amid Coronavirus Concerns Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Public Schools Keep Losing Students Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Latest figures show Hawaii’s public schools lost 1,023 more students in the first quarter as overall enrollment plunged nearly 3% compared with last year.

Denby Fawcett: Parents Fear This Hawaii School Is Bringing Kids Back To Classroom Too Soon Courtesy: Hawaii Department of Education

Denby Fawcett: Parents Fear This Hawaii School Is Bringing Kids Back To Classroom Too Soon

Should parents be forced to send their children back to school even when they feel it is unsafe? At least one Hawaii public school is saying yes.

Hawaii Principals Find Communal Space: ‘We Need Each Other’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Principals Find Communal Space: ‘We Need Each Other’

Principals on the mainland have adopted their framework for a weekly online discussion stemming from the pandemic.

DOE Chief: $100M Budget Reduction Could Be ‘Decimating’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Chief: $100M Budget Reduction Could Be ‘Decimating’

School leaders are preparing contingency plans due to huge funding shortfalls brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hawaii DOE Optimistic Students Will Return To Class In January Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii DOE Optimistic Students Will Return To Class In January

In a briefing with legislators, school leaders said they were also encouraged by the low rate of teacher vacancies during the pandemic.

Hawaii Teachers React To How Biden Presidency Might Reshape Education Policy Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teachers React To How Biden Presidency Might Reshape Education Policy

Improved civil rights protections for students, a renewed national focus on schools and the next secretary of education are top of mind.

DOE Report: Acellus Online Curriculum Violated Religion, Discrimination Policies Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Report: Acellus Online Curriculum Violated Religion, Discrimination Policies

The Hawaii Department of Education’s internal review of the remote learning tool found the inappropriate content in lessons to be “severe, pervasive and persistent.”

The Kids Are Alright: 2020 Through The Eyes Of Hawaii’s Teenagers

The Kids Are Alright: 2020 Through The Eyes Of Hawaii’s Teenagers

Audio diaries from nine Oahu teenagers reveal how Generation Z was uniquely prepared to weather disruptions from the pandemic.

December 2013

Wednesday, December 25

Hawaii Monitor: Who is the University of Hawaii?

Monday, December 23

Does Tuition Keep Hawaii High School Students from Taking College Courses?

Saturday, December 21

UH Pitches Innovative Plan to Lawmakers to Respond to Large Financial Crisis

Thursday, December 19

Lawmakers: DOE Refusing to Hand Over ‘Pono Choices’ Sex-Ed Materials

Saturday, December 14

Kaimuki High School Program to Prep Kids for Hospitality Industry

Friday, December 6

Why is a Hawaii Agency for Researchers Managing a Construction Project?

Thursday, December 5

After Years of Troubles, Student-Loan Servicers Get Stepped-Up Oversight

Wednesday, December 4

Taken for a Ride: The DOE Is Saving Thousands With New School Bus Plan

November 2013

Tuesday, November 26

Underage Voters?

Saturday, November 23

Will This Longtime Advocate for Public’s Right To Know Be Muzzled?

Friday, November 22

Learning Hilo — The New Voyage

Thursday, November 21

Hawaii Loses Money as International Student Population Shrinks

The Hogan Entrepreneurs: Helping the Homeless to Find Employment

Wednesday, November 20

Learning Hilo — The Bucket List

Tuesday, November 19

Learning Hilo — Defending Hawaii

Friday, November 15

Learning Hilo — School’s In

Wednesday, November 13

Learning Hilo — The Turnaround

Friday, November 8

Hawaii DOE to Charter Schools: Figure Out Your Own Food

Tuesday, November 5

Would Gay Marriage Bring the ‘Homosexual Lifestyle’ to Hawaii Students?

Paying for Public Higher Education in Hawaii

October 2013

Wednesday, October 30

Are Academics Having Any Effect on the World Outside the Campus?

Hidden Price Tag on GI Bill’s ‘Free’ Education Blocks Some Veterans

Saturday, October 26

HECO Solar Problems Send Schools Scrambling To Pay Electric Bills

Thursday, October 24

A Dedicated Teacher Senses Something New in Her Job: Heartbreak

Sunday, October 20

Many Children Face Exclusion from Hawaii Kindergarten in 2014

Wednesday, October 16

DOE Gets Heat for Tardy $25M Request for Classroom Cooling

Saturday, October 12

Could Better Civics Education in Hawaii Boost Young Voter Turnout?

Thursday, October 10

Some Hawaii Teachers Aren’t Allowed to Fail Kids Over Frequent Truancy

Wednesday, October 9

Marriage Equality Could Make Hawaii Schools More Gay-Friendly

Saturday, October 5

UH Exec Who Allegedly Lied About Accounting Credential Still on Job

Thursday, October 3

Hawaii Teachers Union Applies to Join AFL-CIO

Wednesday, October 2

Laie Elementary Boasts 2013 Hawaii History Teacher of the Year

DOE Long Overdue in Improving Hawaiian Studies, Kupuna Say

September 2013

Friday, September 27

Sick of Sweltering, Students Demand Relief from Hawaii Legislature

Tuesday, September 24

Hawaii Head Start Could Face More Slot Reductions After Federal Budget Wars

Friday, September 20

Three Ways to Derail the Common Core Standards

Thursday, September 19

UH Investigating Whether Executive Posed as Public Accountant on Resume

Wednesday, September 18

Hawaii Charter Schools in Limbo Over Teacher Evaluations

Tuesday, September 17

Federal Budget Crisis Likely to Squeeze Hawaii Schools and Universities

Friday, September 13

Will a New Mentoring Program Keep Hawaii Teachers on the Job?

Thursday, September 12

Professor Shortage Knocks Two Dozen UH Students Off-Track for Graduation

Wednesday, September 11

Public Universities Ramp Up Aid for the Wealthy, Leaving the Poor Behind

Teaching 2.0: What Kickstarting Classrooms Says About Hawaii Schools

Tuesday, September 10

AG: Hawaii Legislature’s Subsidy for Private School Unconstitutional

Friday, September 6

Legislature Subsidizes Construction at Private Hawaii Catholic School

Thursday, September 5

How Come So Many Teachers Bail on Hawaii’s Public Schools?

August 2013

Saturday, August 31

Student Absenteeism Highest in Poor, Rural Hawaii Schools

Thursday, August 29

Appeals Court: Hawaii Can’t Block Thousands of Special Education Students

Wednesday, August 21

Hawaii Monitor: ‘Jihad Against God’ Or A Case of Public Malfeasance?

Tuesday, August 20

Hawaii Teacher: It’s Time to Jump Off the Fence

Hawaii Schools Target ‘Chronically Absent’ Kids

Friday, August 16

Lawsuit: Churches Shortchanged Hawaii Schools $5.6M

Thursday, August 15

Making Waves: Corey Rosenlee Is Shaking Up Hawaii Education

Tuesday, August 13

Should Hawaii Education Officials Do More To Ensure Safe Bus Drivers?

Hawaii Teacher: Winning the First Crucial Battle

Wednesday, August 7

No Yellow Bus: Some Big Island Charter Students on Dangerous Road to School

Monday, August 5

Hawaii Teacher: If Students and Teachers Feel Heat, Others Should Too

Friday, August 2

Military Ties Are Cause for Concern As UH Searches for New Research VP

July 2013

Wednesday, July 31

Delays Plague Student-Funded Recreation Center at UH Manoa

Tuesday, July 30

Hawaii Teacher: How a Former Soldier Continues his Battle in the Classroom

Monday, July 29

Windward District Schools Launch Massive Attendance Campaign

Friday, July 26

Complaint: Former Oahu Principal Abused Power While Leading School

Wednesday, July 24

The Breakfast Club That Poor Children in Hawaii Just Won’t Join

Tuesday, July 23

Hawaii Teacher: All Education Is Local – or Should Be

Thursday, July 18

UH Extends Secret Navy Research Lab Despite Minimal Revenue

Monday, July 15

Hawaii Teacher: Ideas to Educate Kids and Create Well-Rounded Adults

Saturday, July 13

DOE Audit: Hawaii Public Schools Overstate Enrollment Numbers

Thursday, July 11

Time for a Makeover for the University of Hawaii?

Wednesday, July 10

Mysterious Navy Research Lab at University of Hawaii Is Up for Stealth Renewal

Tuesday, July 9

Hawaii Teacher: Our Responsibility to Reach Every Child

Let’s Change How We Change Public Education

Thursday, July 4

Lost Art: Are Hawaii’s Kids Being Shortchanged in Arts Education?

Tuesday, July 2

Why Not Assign ‘The Hunger Games’ at School?

Monday, July 1

Hawaii Teacher: Lack of Computers in the Classroom a Real Problem

DOE Invests in Digital Learning

June 2013

Saturday, June 29

Education Officials Will Try New ‘Teams’ to Improve Hawaii Schools

Thursday, June 27

Department of Education Risks Millions With Digital Classroom Program

Monday, June 24

Hawaii Teacher: Learning Facts vs. Google

Saturday, June 22

Educators May Give Poor Marks to New Teacher Evaluation System

Wednesday, June 19

Are Hawaii Kids Equipped for Careers in the Military?

Tuesday, June 18

Hawaii Teacher: My Descent Into Homelessness

Friday, June 14

Court Ruling: Hawaii DOE Failed Autistic Student

Thursday, June 13

HBA Valedictorians: Use Good Judgment

Wednesday, June 12

St. Francis Valedictorian: Value Your Friendships

Damien Valedictorian: Work Hard, Prove Your Critics Wrong

Monday, June 10

Hawaii Teacher: Where is Education’s Steve Jobs?

Saturday, June 8

Interest Rate Hikes Could Hurt Hawaii Students

Friday, June 7

Board of Regents Grapples With New Direction for University of Hawaii

Monday, June 3

Hawaii Teacher: Let’s Stop Violating The Sanctity Of The Classroom

Saturday, June 1

UH Faculty Union: National Affiliate Is Trying To Wreck Our Solidarity

May 2013

Thursday, May 30

Going Digital: Are Hawaii Schools Keeping Up With The Tech Revolution?

Malama Honua: Hokulea, Hikianalia Embark On Worldwide Sailing Voyage

Wednesday, May 29

Mexico Diary: Early Child Development On Minds Of Education Reformers

Tuesday, May 28

Hawaii Teacher: Why Aren’t Communities More Interested In Education?

Wednesday, May 22

Why UH Can’t Get Good Presidents

Monday, May 20

Hawaii Teacher: Does Island Culture Allow Bad Student Behavior?

Friday, May 17

Hire Local? Why Mainland Hires Dominate UH Executives

Wednesday, May 15

Why Is The Public Being Shut Out Of Talks About A New UH President?

Monday, May 13

Hawaii Teacher: Shouldn’t Teachers Be As Valuable As Rock Stars?

Saturday, May 11

Taken For A Ride: Hawaii Ed Department Could Restore School Bus Cuts

Tuesday, May 7

Is Hawaii Doing Enough To Engage Kids In Science, Tech And Math?

Is A College Education Still Worth The Price?

Monday, May 6

Hawaii Teacher: Creating The Perfect Bubble For Better Learning

April 2013

Monday, April 29

Hawaii Teacher: New Teacher Evaluation System Will Damage Education

Saturday, April 27

Do Hawaii Kids Have A Refuge In Times Of Crisis?

Thursday, April 25

Early Education: There Should Be No Question

Pass Luke’s Law, To Help Care For Hawaii’s Autistic Children

Campbell High School: ‘It’s A Cinderblock Oven’

Wednesday, April 24

Bursting at the Seams: Skyrocketing Enrollment Crowds Campbell High Classrooms

Monday, April 22

Hawaii Teacher: Our Kids Need A Better Foundation To Become Future Leaders

Saturday, April 20

Hana High School Girls Earn ‘Life-Changing’ Gates Millennium Scholarships

Thursday, April 18

Landslide Victory For New Hawaii Teachers Contract

Wednesday, April 17

Taken for a Ride: Will Innovative School Bus Plan Really Bring Down Costs?

Tuesday, April 16

Hawaii Universities Pile on the Fees, Bumping Up Students’ Bills

Tuesday, April 9

Private Schools Fill Gap For Hawaii’s Dyslexic Kids — But At High Cost

Cracking the Code: Are Hawaii Schools Doing Enough for Dyslexic Students?

Monday, April 8

Worthy Education Goals Must Be Realized Openly And Responsibly

Wednesday, April 3

Ed Board: Teachers Not Abusing Sick Leave

March 2013

Wednesday, March 27

Taken for a Ride: Lawmakers Say School Bus Fiasco Finally Shaping Up

Monday, March 25

Hawaii Teachers Union Reaches Deal With State On New Contract

UH Spending Millions On PR Efforts to Get Its Message Out

Friday, March 22

Ed Reform Puts Millions Of Dollars In Pockets Of Private Consultants

Wednesday, March 20

BOE Demands Safeguards Amid Uncertainty Over Education Budget Cuts

Tuesday, March 19

Hawaii Preschool Plan in Crunch as Advocates Vow to Restore Funding

Wednesday, March 13

HPU Students: Spring Class Cancellations Left Us Hanging

Sunday, March 10

Education: An Investment in Hawaii’s Future

Thursday, March 7

Can or No Can? Pidgin Speakers in the Workforce

Tuesday, March 5

Bills to Develop School Lands Face Major Vote

Saturday, March 2

Fo Teach Pidgin o Not Fo Teach Pidgin — Das Da Question

February 2013

Wednesday, February 27

Hawaii Island Schools Are In The Zone

Gov: Teachers Union Leaders Holding Up New Contract Agreement

Tuesday, February 26

Are University of Hawaii Faculty Paid Too Much?

Monday, February 25

Hawaii Teacher: Teachers’ Expectations Don’t Always Match The Reality

Hawaii Teacher: Putting It Out In Puna To Prove It Doesn’t Work

Friday, February 22

It’s a Hard Knock Life — Competition, Concussions & Hawaii Youth Athletes

Where Is General Shinseki When Hawaii’s DOE Needs Him?

Wednesday, February 20

Board of Education Spurs DOE Officials To Fix School Bus Program Faster

Tuesday, February 19

Are Hawaii Schools Doing Enough to Prevent Youth Sports Concussions?

Monday, February 18

Hawaii Teacher: Rooting For The Team

Friday, February 15

Hawaii Governor’s Preschool Program Gets a Boost from Obama

Thursday, February 14

Why Do Hawaii’s Higher Education Committees Meet At the Same Time?

Wednesday, February 13

Hawaii Monitor: University Officials Find It Hard to Break Habit of Secrecy

Tuesday, February 12

Ethics Commission Smacks Charter School Employee With $10,000 Fine

Friday, February 8

Hawaii Teachers Union Asks Lawmakers To Force Labor Board’s Hand

Hawaii Teacher: How To Kill A Teacher’s Enthusiasm For Teaching

Wednesday, February 6

Hawaii Ed Department’s Food Service Problems Mirror School Bus Woes

Lawmakers Crack the Whip on UH Board of Regents

Tuesday, February 5

Hawaii School Board Scrutinizes High Teacher Sick Leave, Turnover Rates

Monday, February 4

Hawaii Teacher: All-Or-Nothing Testing Is A Civil Rights Issue

Saturday, February 2

Hawaii Preschool Initiative Passes First Test

Are UH Regents Doing Enough to Hold Down Escalating Faculty Salaries?

January 2013

Friday, January 25

UH Students: We Had No Idea Our Dorm’s Security Cameras Were Broken

Thursday, January 17

What’s Going On With Hawaii Ed Task Force On Teacher Evaluations?

Wednesday, January 16

Teachers Union Wants What UPW Got — Bigger Raises, Better Benefits

Tuesday, January 15

Hawaii Teacher: The Four-Letter Word I Think Of All Day Long

Saturday, January 12

Which Hawaii Schools Are Badly In Need Of An Extreme Makeover?

Friday, January 11

Hawaii Employers No Help For Working Parents In Need Of Child Care

Tuesday, January 8

Raising the Bar for Students and Teachers

Sunday, January 6

Hawaii Teacher: When It Comes To Bullies, One Size Does Fit All