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Hawaii DOE Releases Revised Data on Student Suspensions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii DOE Releases Revised Data on Student Suspensions

Release of the data comes amid efforts to correct what the DOE says was erroneous counts of students suspensions in the 2015-16 school year.

This Program Diverted Tons Of Trash From Landfills. Now It Might End Claire Caulfield/Civil Beat

This Program Diverted Tons Of Trash From Landfills. Now It Might End

Eight schools applied for funding under a new state law aimed at expanding campus composting programs, but the DOE awarded the grant money to an engineering firm instead.

Complaint Says Hawaii DOE Suspends Too Many Students With Disabilities Ku’u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Complaint Says Hawaii DOE Suspends Too Many Students With Disabilities

The ACLU recently published data that shows Hawaii issued more suspensions, on average, to students with disabilities than any other state in the U.S.

Feds: Hawaii Still Coming Up Short In Meeting Special Education Needs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds: Hawaii Still Coming Up Short In Meeting Special Education Needs

Hawaii still needs assistance in implementing provisions of a federal law designed to improve services for special education students.

Education Think Tank Sues The DOE For Financial Data Civil Beat

Education Think Tank Sues The DOE For Financial Data

The Education Institute of Hawaii claims the state department is violating Hawaii’s open records laws by refusing to turn over most of the requested financial records.

Hawaii’s Shrinking Schools Raise Questions About Student Transfer Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Shrinking Schools Raise Questions About Student Transfer Program

DOE data shows the popularity of “geographic exceptions” that let students transfer out of their local schools is surging.

DOE Leadership Starting Work On New 10-Year Strategic Plan Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

DOE Leadership Starting Work On New 10-Year Strategic Plan

With the DOE’s current plan due to sunset in 2020, it’s clear many academic success “targets,” such as reducing student absenteeism and increasing teacher retention, won’t be met.

The DOE’s Chief Financial Officer Is Leaving For UH Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The DOE’s Chief Financial Officer Is Leaving For UH

Amy Kunz’s appointment to the University of Hawaii system was tucked in a recent meeting agenda item from the UH Board of Regents.

New Pre-K Locations Announced After Expansion Bill Becomes Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Pre-K Locations Announced After Expansion Bill Becomes Law

The developments come after the question of who would be in charge of pre-kindergarten expansion was a hot topic during the legislative session.

Hawaii Provided ‘Inaccurate’ Data On Student Restraint And Seclusion Civil Beat

Hawaii Provided ‘Inaccurate’ Data On Student Restraint And Seclusion

The state erroneously reported there were no such cases in 2015-16, the latest school year studied nationwide. Last school year, 66 Hawaii schools reported at least one restraint case.

DOE Assistant Superintendent For Facilities Stepping Down Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DOE Assistant Superintendent For Facilities Stepping Down

Dann Carlson is leaving the Education Department to become 154th Wing Commander with the Hawaii Air National Guard.

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.

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