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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.

Delays, Denials, Wasted Tax Dollars: DOE’s Troubled Treatment Of Injured Workers

Delays, Denials, Wasted Tax Dollars: DOE’s Troubled Treatment Of Injured Workers

A Civil Beat investigation found frequent shortcomings with how Hawaii’s education department handles workers’ comp claims.

The Fight Against Flight At Hawaii’s Public Middle Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Fight Against Flight At Hawaii’s Public Middle Schools

Educators know they have to persuade parents that this isn’t the time to send their kids to private school — or a different public school.

Hawaii Public Schools Sued Over Unequal Treatment Of Female Athletes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Public Schools Sued Over Unequal Treatment Of Female Athletes

UPDATED: The ACLU lawsuit comes 10 months after the group sent a demand letter to the state Department of Education over the lack of a girls locker room at Campbell High.

Want To Teach In Hawaii? The Job Often Comes With A Big Pay Cut Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Want To Teach In Hawaii? The Job Often Comes With A Big Pay Cut

Teachers from the mainland only get credit for a few years of seniority, creating another challenge in efforts to address Hawaii’s teacher shortage.

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