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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.
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.
The Legislature approved creating a state version of the federal Title IX law, but its January 2020 implementation will be delayed.
Some education advocates are concerned that the evaluation of Christina Kishimoto wasn’t tied more closely to data about school performance.
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.
Teachers from the mainland only get credit for a few years of seniority, creating another challenge in efforts to address Hawaii’s teacher shortage.
The Department of Education has historically opposed legislation, saying its own policies will be sufficient. But the lawsuits keep coming.
While there is sentiment to help schools and teachers, voters appear worried about how the ballot question is constructed.