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More Hawaii Students Are Leaving The State For College Cory Lum/Civil Beat

More Hawaii Students Are Leaving The State For College

The percentage of Hawaii kids choosing out-of-state schools is significantly higher than the national average.

Here’s Why Student Absenteeism Is Plummeting At Waipahu Elementary Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s Why Student Absenteeism Is Plummeting At Waipahu Elementary

The school pursues some simple strategies for getting kids to school: home visits, phones calls to parents, emergency supplies of clean clothes and rewards like extra recess.

Fewer Bus Rides For Low-Income Kids? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Fewer Bus Rides For Low-Income Kids?

DOE officials said the department needs to cut eligibility because the expansion of a federal free meal service to low-income students “inadvertently” made free bus rides more widely available.

Study: A Growing Number Of Hawaii’s Keiki Live In Economic Insecurity PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Study: A Growing Number Of Hawaii’s Keiki Live In Economic Insecurity

Hawaii is in the middle of the pack for overall child wellbeing, with keiki falling behind in education and economic security markers but tracking ahead of most states in measures of health, family and community.

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.

Education in Hawaii