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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 2019

Friday, December 20

Some Students Go Hungry As They Navigate UH Law School

Friday, December 13

Senators Think UH Regents Are ‘Too Cozy’ With Officials

Sterling Higa: The High Cost Of Inequality Between Hawaii’s Public And Private Schools

Monday, December 9

Lawsuit: DOE Retaliated When Staffer Reported Misuse Of Federal Funds

Thursday, December 5

Hawaii Board of Education Votes To Approve Extra Pay For Hard-To-Find Teachers

Tuesday, December 3

DOE Plan Would Boost Pay For Hard-To-Fill Teaching Positions

Monday, December 2

How To Divvy Up Dollars For Special Needs Kids In Hawaii

November 2019

Tuesday, November 26

Why Civil Beat Fought For Teacher Discipline Records

Monday, November 25

Mental Health Services On Hawaii Campuses Lag Far Behind Demand

Thursday, November 21

DOE Offers Free Hawaiian Language Classes To All Staff

Wednesday, November 20

What’s Behind Hawaii’s Rising Test Scores For English Learners

Friday, November 8

Hawaii School System Convenes First-Ever Data Retreat

Monday, November 4

Why Nearly Half The Kids In An Island State Can’t Swim

Friday, November 1

About Two-Thirds Of Hawaii Middle Schoolers Feel Safe At School

October 2019

Wednesday, October 30

Hawaii Schools May Soon Experience A Wave of Retirements

Monday, October 28

Connecting Local Kids To Well-Paying Jobs In Hawaii

Thursday, October 24

Most UH Students Are People Of Color But Their Teachers Are Mainly White

Monday, October 21

Hawaii Schools Are Making Progress In Career And Technical Education

Wednesday, October 9

Why Hawaii Kids Can Still Be Denied School Lunches

Tuesday, October 1

Teachers Weary Of Pay That Makes It Tough To Stay In The Classroom — Or Hawaii

September 2019

Monday, September 30

Even Free Tuition Isn’t Enough To Attract People To This Hawaii Teacher Program

Wednesday, September 25

Audit: Poor Oversight Of State Law Lost DOE Millions

Friday, September 20

Pay Increase Approved For Hawaii School Officials

Thursday, September 19

Neighbor Island Schools Could Get More Money Next Year

Wednesday, September 18

DOE Shuts Down Its Long-Running Alternative Diploma Program

Wednesday, September 11

Hawaii Students Feel Safer At School, But Not Everywhere

Tuesday, September 3

College Without Expensive Textbooks? How UH Is Making That A Reality

August 2019

Thursday, August 29

TMT Protest Movement Spurs Enrollment In Immersion Schools

Thursday, August 22

DOE Leans On Schools To Cool Their Own Classrooms

Wednesday, August 21

Budget Shortfall Forces Kapiolani Community College To Cut Classes, Jobs

Thursday, August 15

Hawaii DOE Releases Revised Data on Student Suspensions

Tuesday, August 13

Court Rules Hawaiian Immersion Access Is Constitutional Right

This Program Diverted Tons Of Trash From Landfills. Now It Might End

Monday, August 12

More Hawaii Students Are Leaving The State For College

Monday, August 5

Complaint Says Hawaii DOE Suspends Too Many Students With Disabilities

July 2019

Wednesday, July 31

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

Thursday, July 25

Education Think Tank Sues The DOE For Financial Data

Wednesday, July 24

Hawaii’s Shrinking Schools Raise Questions About Student Transfer Program

Tuesday, July 23

DOE Leadership Starting Work On New 10-Year Strategic Plan

Wednesday, July 17

Hitting The Road To Stem Summer Hunger

Friday, July 12

New Pre-K Locations Announced After Expansion Bill Becomes Law

Monday, July 8

Hawaii Provided ‘Inaccurate’ Data On Student Restraint And Seclusion

Tuesday, July 2

Selling Students On A Future Career, Not Just A Degree

June 2019

Friday, June 28

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

Friday, June 21

Here’s Why Student Absenteeism Is Plummeting At Waipahu Elementary

Friday, June 14

ACLU Says Hawaii Schools Are Suspending Too Many Students

Tuesday, June 11

Push To Increase College Financial Aid Applications May Be Paying Off

May 2019

Friday, May 31

The Challenges Of Finding Hawaii’s Next Generation Of Teachers

Thursday, May 30

Teachers Who Stay In Hawaii Find Ways To Close The Culture Gap

Wednesday, May 29

Housing Costs Put A Crimp On Keeping Teachers In Hawaii

Tuesday, May 28

Homegrown Teachers Are The Norm At Molokai High

Where Hawaii’s Chronic Teacher Shortage Hits Hardest

Friday, May 24

Hawaii School Superintendent Gets High Marks In Year 2

Wednesday, May 15

UH Wants To Cut Tuition For Some Grad Students — Especially Out-Of-Staters

Tuesday, May 14

Nonprofit Group Says DOE Is Withholding Key Financial Data

Thursday, May 2

Bill To Expand Public Preschool Teed Up For Full Senate Vote

More Fiscal Transparency Appears On The Way For Charter Schools

Wednesday, May 1

Partnership Aims To Help Hawaii Teachers Buy Homes

Bill To Expand Public Preschool Teed Up For Full Senate Vote

April 2019

Tuesday, April 23

Multilingual Report Cards May Be Coming Soon To Hawaii Schools

Monday, April 22

Charter Schools Have By Far The Highest Rates Of Unvaccinated Kids

Wednesday, April 17

DOE Lays Out A 10-year ‘Road Map’ For Fixing Old Schools, Building New Ones

Tuesday, April 9

State Initiates Audit Of School Impact Fees On Developers

Monday, April 8

Stop Anti-Vaxxers From Putting Hawaii Kids At Risk

Friday, April 5

Ige Appoints Kamehameha Schools Official To Board of Education

Following Lawsuit, DOE Revives Its Gender Equity Committee

UH Loses Bid To Expand Scholarship Program To 4-Year Campuses

Monday, April 1

Charter School Clampdown Has Educators Worried About Their Independence

March 2019

Thursday, March 28

Push To Increase Spending On Schools Loses Momentum

Thursday, March 21

Sterling Higa: When Everyone Has College Degrees, They’ll Be Worthless

Tuesday, March 19

The Battle Over Preschool Puts Hawaii Governor On The Hot Seat

Wednesday, March 13

School Chief Chooses Some Of The People Helping To Evaluate Her

Wednesday, March 6

Who Should Run Hawaii’s Pre-K Program?

February 2019

Thursday, February 28

‘It’s More Than Pay’: The Plight Of UH Grad Assistants

How Many Kids In Hawaii Have Been Vaccinated? The State Doesn’t Know

Tuesday, February 26

Rural Schools Take A Big Hit In Hawaii’s Funding Formula

Friday, February 15

Overdue Report Holds Up Hawaii Plan To Prevent Gender Discrimination

Wednesday, February 6

These Waipahu Students Got A Head Start On Health Care Job Training

Tuesday, February 5

Civil Beat Sues To Get Teacher Misconduct Records

January 2019

Thursday, January 31

Here’s How Public Preschools Could Rapidly Expand In Hawaii

Tuesday, January 29

Why Hawaii Student Journalists Feel The Need To Censor Themselves

Monday, January 28

University Of Hawaii Proposes Tuition Reduction, Freeze

Friday, January 25

Hawaii’s Never-Ending Teacher Shortage Leaves Many Lawmakers Frustrated

Thursday, January 17

Hawaii School Superintendent’s Contract Extended For One Year

Wednesday, January 16

Education Officials Are Keeping Teacher Misconduct A Secret

Friday, January 11

School Board To Revote On Superintendent’s Contract — This Time Publicly

Tuesday, January 8

Hawaii’s Schools Chief Could Get One-Year Contract Extension