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Education in Hawaii

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.

Why The Effort To Curb School Bullying In Hawaii Isn’t Working Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Why The Effort To Curb School Bullying In Hawaii Isn’t Working

The Department of Education has historically opposed legislation, saying its own policies will be sufficient. But the lawsuits keep coming.

Civil Beat Poll: Hawaii Voters Oppose ConAm On Property Taxes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Hawaii Voters Oppose ConAm On Property Taxes

While there is sentiment to help schools and teachers, voters appear worried about how the ballot question is constructed.

Don’t Shirk Our Responsibility To Our Public Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Don’t Shirk Our Responsibility To Our Public Schools

We all pay taxes for government services because we all benefit when they function well.

Chamber Of Commerce Pours $600K Into Fighting School-Funding Measure Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chamber Of Commerce Pours $600K Into Fighting School-Funding Measure

Teachers have a half-million dollars of their own to support the proposal, while unions organize opposition to a constitutional convention.

Education in Hawaii