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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.

Can Hawaii’s Elected Leaders Save The State From ‘Drowning?’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Can Hawaii’s Elected Leaders Save The State From ‘Drowning?’

Legislators kicked off the 2020 session united with the governor to tackle the cost of living. The question is whether their bold ideas will become reality.

Hawaii Leaders Back Ambitious Plan To Rapidly Expand Preschool Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Leaders Back Ambitious Plan To Rapidly Expand Preschool

The immediate goal of the five-year plan is to increase the number of pre-K classrooms in the state by 100 a year.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Hawaiians Ready To Descend On Capitol Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Hawaiians Ready To Descend On Capitol

Thousands are expected to rally for the Legislature’s opening day with a strong push to get out the vote.

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.

Danny De Gracia: We Must Get Ready For The Climate Change ‘Storm’ Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: We Must Get Ready For The Climate Change ‘Storm’

Lawmakers and public officials need to do a better job educating Hawaii residents about the effects of sea level rise and changing weather patterns.

Legislature 2020: Making Hawaii Livable Again PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Legislature 2020: Making Hawaii Livable Again

State lawmakers will consider raising the minimum wage, paid leave programs and ways to keep residents from leaving the islands while grappling with climate change.

Hawaii Lawmakers Pushing For A Crackdown On Vaping Flickr.com

Hawaii Lawmakers Pushing For A Crackdown On Vaping

Legislators are drafting bills that include a flavor ban on e-cigarette liquids and a tax on vaping products.

Get Ready For An Economic Slowdown, State Economist Says Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

Get Ready For An Economic Slowdown, State Economist Says

It’s not a recession yet but government should consider picking up some of the private sector’s slack as the construction industry wanes.