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ACLU Says Hawaii Schools Are Suspending Too Many Students Ethan Porter

ACLU Says Hawaii Schools Are Suspending Too Many Students

Not only is there a racial disparity in suspensions, but the days lost to that punishment in the islands far exceed the national average, according to a new analysis.

Where’s The Money, DOE? Time To Turn Over Public Financial Records Meliha Gojak/iStock

Where’s The Money, DOE? Time To Turn Over Public Financial Records

A nonprofit organization with the willingness and the resources to produce a financial transparency model for education spending is being thwarted by the state.

Push To Increase College Financial Aid Applications May Be Paying Off Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Push To Increase College Financial Aid Applications May Be Paying Off

Education officials hope this results in more graduating seniors enrolling in college this year, especially those from low-income families.

Housing Costs Put A Crimp On Keeping Teachers In Hawaii Ku’u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Housing Costs Put A Crimp On Keeping Teachers In Hawaii

DOE is partnering with a developer to help educators with down payments, but other states are going much further by building teacher housing.

Charter School Clampdown Has Educators Worried About Their Independence Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Charter School Clampdown Has Educators Worried About Their Independence

Versions of a measure giving the state some financial oversight of the schools have cleared both chambers. Opponents say it takes away their autonomy.

Who Should Run Hawaii’s Pre-K Program? Suevon Lee

Who Should Run Hawaii’s Pre-K Program?

School Superintendent Christina Kishimoto is arguing DOE needs to be more heavily involved in the expansion of Hawaii’s pre-K program.

Senate Approves Proposed Tax Increase To Help Public Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Approves Proposed Tax Increase To Help Public Schools

The measure increasing the statewide general excise tax by 0.5 percent was one of many bills clearing their first chamber as the session’s midpoint nears.

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

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

Hawaii’s system was meant to make school funding more equitable. But in places like Hana and Molokai, it’s meant cutting teachers and class offerings.

Overdue Report Holds Up Hawaii Plan To Prevent Gender Discrimination Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Overdue Report Holds Up Hawaii Plan To Prevent Gender Discrimination

The Legislature approved creating a state version of the federal Title IX law, but its January 2020 implementation will be delayed.

Hawaii School Superintendent’s Contract Extended For One Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii School Superintendent’s Contract Extended For One Year

Some education advocates are concerned that the evaluation of Christina Kishimoto wasn’t tied more closely to data about school performance.

Hawaii’s Schools Chief Could Get One-Year Contract Extension Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

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.

Want To Teach In Hawaii? The Job Often Comes With A Big Pay Cut Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Want To Teach In Hawaii? The Job Often Comes With A Big Pay Cut

Teachers from the mainland only get credit for a few years of seniority, creating another challenge in efforts to address Hawaii’s teacher shortage.

Education in Hawaii