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.
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.
The Legislature approved creating a state version of the federal Title IX law, but its January 2020 implementation will be delayed.
A House bill introduced this session aims to arm student journalists in Hawaii’s public high schools with greater First Amendment protections.
In 2017, the percentage of new teachers hired from the mainland grew, while the percentage from Hawaii shrunk.
Some education advocates are concerned that the evaluation of Christina Kishimoto wasn’t tied more closely to data about school performance.
Information on bad teachers, including details of misconduct and current status, is hard to get in Hawaii, despite a state law requiring its release.
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.