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The percentage of Hawaii kids choosing out-of-state schools is significantly higher than the national average.
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.
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.
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.
A nonprofit organization with the willingness and the resources to produce a financial transparency model for education spending is being thwarted by the state.
Education officials hope this results in more graduating seniors enrolling in college this year, especially those from low-income families.
DOE is partnering with a developer to help educators with down payments, but other states are going much further by building teacher housing.
Versions of a measure giving the state some financial oversight of the schools have cleared both chambers. Opponents say it takes away their autonomy.