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The Hawaii Keiki program to expand school-based health options for students started a health hotline after schools closed because of the pandemic.
The money is part of a broader $43 million the Hawaii Department of Education received from a federal coronavirus relief package.
Many child care centers have shuttered, delayed reopening or increased tuition due to the pandemic. That leaves many teachers who need to return to their classrooms with few options for their kids.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools in March, the Hawaii schools chief says 80% to 95% of students have “consistent access to education material.”
But the Board of Education scored the school chief poorly in areas like operations, resource and personnel management.
The former assistant girls basketball coach was accused by two other students in 2018.
As Hawaiian immersion programs soar in popularity, the lack of a common curriculum remains a big challenge.
In an effort to plug the teacher shortage, the Hawaii Department of Education sent two officials to Manila on its first-ever international recruiting effort.