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Building A Hawaiian Language Curriculum Classroom By Classroom April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Building A Hawaiian Language Curriculum Classroom By Classroom

As Hawaiian immersion programs soar in popularity, the lack of a common curriculum remains a big challenge.

Hawaii Looks To The Philippines For Its Newest Teacher Recruits Getty Images

Hawaii Looks To The Philippines For Its Newest Teacher Recruits

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.

DOE Faces More Tough Questions Over How It Will Pay For Teacher Raises

DOE Faces More Tough Questions Over How It Will Pay For Teacher Raises

Education officials began providing $10 million in incentives for special ed and rural teachers without a guarantee the Hawaii Legislature will fund the pay increases in the future.

DOE Wants To Raise Pay For Experienced Hawaii Teachers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Wants To Raise Pay For Experienced Hawaii Teachers

The plan, aimed at reducing the teacher shortage by enticing senior educators to remain in the classroom, is the next phase of a broader teacher recruitment and retention plan.

Assistant Superintendent Retires From DOE Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Assistant Superintendent Retires From DOE

Donna Lum-Kagawa, who was assistant superintendent in the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design, retired at the end of 2019.

Hawaii Board Of Education Wants More Transparency In School Construction Projects Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Board Of Education Wants More Transparency In School Construction Projects

The Department of Education is expected to identify the criteria it uses in deciding how to divide the money it gets to repair and maintain school facilities.

A $75,000 Settlement Is Scaring Hawaii Charter Schools Ku’u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

A $75,000 Settlement Is Scaring Hawaii Charter Schools

A recent legislative directive that forces state agencies to cover the costs of legal claims could have a big impact on charter schools.

Lawsuit: DOE Retaliated When Staffer Reported Misuse Of Federal Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawsuit: DOE Retaliated When Staffer Reported Misuse Of Federal Funds

Carol Young says her troubles began when she blew the whistle on faulty payments to a DOE office worker.

Hawaii Board of Education Votes To Approve Extra Pay For Hard-To-Find Teachers Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Hawaii Board of Education Votes To Approve Extra Pay For Hard-To-Find Teachers

Some members were skeptical about the plans to pay for proposed pay differentials for teachers in areas like special ed and Hawaiian language immersion.

DOE Plan Would Boost Pay For Hard-To-Fill Teaching Positions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Plan Would Boost Pay For Hard-To-Fill Teaching Positions

Updated: The governor said he will include the salary differentials in his executive supplemental budget request to the Legislature.

How To Divvy Up Dollars For Special Needs Kids In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How To Divvy Up Dollars For Special Needs Kids In Hawaii

Fairness for every school is at the heart of a new policy developed based on a task force’s recommendations.

Why Civil Beat Fought For Teacher Discipline Records Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Civil Beat Fought For Teacher Discipline Records

It’s important that the public know and understand how the state Department of Education handles teacher misconduct especially when it involves vulnerable children.

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