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Here’s Why Student Absenteeism Is Plummeting At Waipahu Elementary Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s Why Student Absenteeism Is Plummeting At Waipahu Elementary

The school pursues some simple strategies for getting kids to school: home visits, phones calls to parents, emergency supplies of clean clothes and rewards like extra recess.

ACLU Says Hawaii Schools Are Suspending Too Many Students Ethan Porter

ACLU Says Hawaii Schools Are Suspending Too Many Students

Not only is there a racial disparity in suspensions, but the days lost to that punishment in the islands far exceed the national average, according to a new analysis.

The Challenges Of Finding Hawaii’s Next Generation Of Teachers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Challenges Of Finding Hawaii’s Next Generation Of Teachers

As the number of new teachers coming out of local colleges declines, the state Department of Education hopes “teacher academies” and other strategies will ignite new interest in the profession.

Teachers Who Stay In Hawaii Find Ways To Close The Culture Gap Ku’u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Teachers Who Stay In Hawaii Find Ways To Close The Culture Gap

The diversity of Hawaii’s public schools student population isn’t matched by the makeup of the state’s teachers.

Hawaii School Superintendent Gets High Marks In Year 2 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii School Superintendent Gets High Marks In Year 2

Christina Kishimoto received a positive evaluation from the state Board of Education.

Nonprofit Group Says DOE Is Withholding Key Financial Data Bianca Smallwood/Civil Beat

Nonprofit Group Says DOE Is Withholding Key Financial Data

The Education Institute of Hawaii is trying to pressure the state into providing information for a financial database to shed light on school funding practices.

Multilingual Report Cards May Be Coming Soon To Hawaii Schools Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Multilingual Report Cards May Be Coming Soon To Hawaii Schools

About 8% of the state’s public school students are “English learners,” with the most common first languages being Ilocano, Chuukese, Marshallese and Tagalog.

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.

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