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DOE Lays Out A 10-year ‘Road Map’ For Fixing Old Schools, Building New Ones Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Lays Out A 10-year ‘Road Map’ For Fixing Old Schools, Building New Ones

A long-range DOE facilities plan has identified $7 billion in “top priority” capital needs, from adding more classrooms to repairing aging schools.

State Initiates Audit Of School Impact Fees On Developers Department of Education

State Initiates Audit Of School Impact Fees On Developers

The fees on new residential developments in certain areas have proven controversial since they were authorized by the Legislature in 2007.

Following Lawsuit, DOE Revives Its Gender Equity Committee Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Following Lawsuit, DOE Revives Its Gender Equity Committee

After a long absence, Hawaii’s education department is bringing back a committee to advise top leaders on how schools can comply with Title IX.

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.

Civil Beat Sues To Get Teacher Misconduct Records Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Sues To Get Teacher Misconduct Records

The Hawaii Department of Education has refused to turn over much of its information regarding the  disciplining of employees accused of wrongdoing.

Why Hawaii Student Journalists Feel The Need To Censor Themselves Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii Student Journalists Feel The Need To Censor Themselves

A House bill introduced this session aims to arm student journalists in Hawaii’s public high schools with greater First Amendment protections.

Hawaii’s Never-Ending Teacher Shortage Leaves Many Lawmakers Frustrated Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Never-Ending Teacher Shortage Leaves Many Lawmakers Frustrated

In 2017, the percentage of new teachers hired from the mainland grew, while the percentage from Hawaii shrunk.

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.

Education Officials Are Keeping Teacher Misconduct A Secret Civil Beat

Education Officials Are Keeping Teacher Misconduct A Secret

Information on bad teachers, including details of misconduct and current status, is hard to get in Hawaii, despite a state law requiring its release.

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.

State Education Board Plans To Lobby Legislature Directly Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Education Board Plans To Lobby Legislature Directly

The BOE wants to help field questions about the byzantine inner workings of the budget for public schools.

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