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Hawaii Board of Education Approves Delay To New School Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Board of Education Approves Delay To New School Year

The modified start follows a strong union-led push to provide more time for more teacher training and preparation.

Board of Education Member’s Re-Confirmation Gets Committee Approval Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Board of Education Member’s Re-Confirmation Gets Committee Approval

Kili Namauu’s confirmation to a second term was not automatic, stalling when the Legislature was last back in session in May.

Hawaii School Superintendent Gets ‘Effective’ Rating From Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii School Superintendent Gets ‘Effective’ Rating From Board

But the Board of Education scored the school chief poorly in areas like operations, resource and personnel management.

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.

School Board To Revote On Superintendent’s Contract — This Time Publicly Cory Lum/Civil Beat

School Board To Revote On Superintendent’s Contract — This Time Publicly

Concerns were raised after the board voted in executive session to reward the state superintendent with an additional contract year.

Hawaii DOE Looks To Strengthen Its Student Discipline Code Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii DOE Looks To Strengthen Its Student Discipline Code

The state was told in January its administrative law does not comply with federal anti-discrimination regulations.

Board Of Education Seeks Public Money For Charter School Facilities Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Board Of Education Seeks Public Money For Charter School Facilities

Despite “mixed” reviews of their performance last year, the charters deserve more taxpayer money, the board says.

Educators: Pidgin Belongs In Hawaii Schools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Educators: Pidgin Belongs In Hawaii Schools

The language that emerged from Hawaii’s blending of cultures “is something we have to embrace,” says a high school principal.

New Hawaii Schools Chief’s First Priority: Listening Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Hawaii Schools Chief’s First Priority: Listening

Christina Kishimoto plans on visiting all the islands in her first six months to talk with educators and students.