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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Ige Renews Oath of Fealty to HSTA
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 3998 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Politicians

As your Governor, I will work with the Board to immediately place a hold on the components of the Educator Effectiveness System....

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Educator, public input sought on new student assessments
By News Release @ 6:23 PM :: 2257 Views :: Education K-12

Interested participants must register online by Sept. 19 to provide input on the new Hawaii Common Core-aligned assessments....

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Thursday, July 17, 2014
DoE: Access Learning Program enhances teaching, learning
By News Release @ 12:37 AM :: 2308 Views :: Education K-12

...the initiative is helping to reduce burden on teachers, increase student engagement and responsibility, and improve parents’ support of public schools....

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Thursday, July 17, 2014
DoE guidelines for free and reduced-price meals released
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 2321 Views :: Education K-12

The guidelines allow families to determine whether they are eligible to apply for free and reduced-price meal benefits for their children....

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Monday, June 30, 2014
New age requirements push 6000 out of kindergarten
By News Release @ 10:56 PM :: 4271 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

This year, the state says project enrollment is about 10,500. Last year, enrollment was about 16,600....

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
USDoE: Federal Funds at Risk as Hawaii Special Ed Programs Fall Short
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 3077 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

IDEA mandates that the Department must take specific actions, which can include requiring the state to prepare a corrective action plan, enter into a compliance agreement or, ultimately, withholding a portion of the state’s funding....

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Monday, June 23, 2014
Hawaii Teachers 3rd-Best Paid in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 6:35 PM :: 4582 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The top districts for paying teachers with a bachelor’s degree and five years of experience are Chicago ($62,046), New York ($52,278), Hawaii ($50,728)....

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Monday, June 23, 2014
How Badly Will Your School Do? Hawaii principals predict substantial drop in reading and math scores
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:55 PM :: 3057 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...principals’ predictions are dismal partially because tests for the newly implemented Common Core curriculum will be more rigorous....

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Thursday, June 19, 2014
Controversial school superintendent gets $50,000 pay hike
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:31 PM :: 2520 Views :: Education K-12

Eighty-eight percent of Hawaii’s public school principals reported in a recent survey they are “extremely dissatisfied” with Matayoshi’s leadership....

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
California Diminishes Union Power in Schools
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:34 AM :: 2767 Views :: Education K-12, Labor
...Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu struck down five California laws that govern the hiring and firing of teachers....
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Health Survey: 11.8% of DoE Students Treated After Attempting Suicide
By News Release @ 4:31 AM :: 4256 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Life

Statewide, 16.9% of public HS students had seriously considered attempting suicide during the 12 months before the survey....

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
Teacher Tenure: Unconstitutional?
By NCPA @ 2:29 PM :: 2844 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

A California state judge ruled on Tuesday that granting a teacher tenure after less than two years in a teaching position is unconstitutional....

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
Pono Choices Authors Scheme for Upcoming School Year
By News Release @ 5:46 AM :: 3162 Views :: Education K-12, Family

...We will make necessary adjustments that continue to align with the most up-to-date research and practices regarding medical accuracy and age appropriateness to ensure the use of Pono Choices for the upcoming school year....

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
"Pono Choices" proves liberals don't even know their own behinds
By News Release @ 5:31 AM :: 3277 Views :: Education K-12, Family

...one-third of families did opt out at Niu Valley Middle School....

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Thursday, June 12, 2014
DoE Eases Teacher Evaluation Requirements
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 3160 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The changes reflect the DOE’s commitment to reduce burden on teachers and administrators....

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Thursday, June 12, 2014
DoE Forms Principals Roundtable with HGEA
By News Release @ 6:26 PM :: 3323 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

After a recruitment and selection process of nearly two months, the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is announcing a new Deputy Superintendent’s Principal Roundtable....

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Slom: Abercrombie Should Cut $46M from CIP not DoE
By News Release @ 8:34 PM :: 4409 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government
...House Finance chair blames mistake on governor's last-minute Turtle Bay deal....
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Friday, June 06, 2014
Full Text: DoE Report Takes Pono Choices ‘Off the Shelf’
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 4555 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

"I see that several of the points that we made in our January 31st McDermott Report are being addressed," said McDermott....

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Hawaii public school principals demand leadership change
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:27 PM :: 3516 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Some school principals are asking the State Board of Education to remove Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and her deputy, Ronn Nozoe....

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Court Guts Atheist Lawsuit Against Oahu Churches
By News Release @ 6:27 PM :: 6689 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion

A Hawaii court decided Tuesday to dismiss most of a renewed lawsuit against two Oahu churches....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Prekindergarten classrooms available at 18 public schools this fall
By News Release @ 11:06 PM :: 2479 Views :: Education K-12

The program is intended to serve 420 children who qualify based on income....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Lingle: Public Being Misled About 'Common Core'
By Selected News Articles @ 11:36 AM :: 3227 Views :: Education K-12

...Parents are right to complain about curricula or tests they don’t like, Lingle said. “But that’s not what the Common Core is.”....

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Report: Hawaii State of Preschool 2013
By News Release @ 5:11 AM :: 3622 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...data on state-funded prekindergarten during the 2012-2013 school year....

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
Video: Grassroot and Buckeye on School Choice
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:48 AM :: 2296 Views :: Education K-12

...Grassroot President Keli’i Akina speaks with Robert Alt, President of the Buckeye Institute....

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Thursday, May 08, 2014
DoE: Hawaii public school students continue to increase readiness for college and careers
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 3074 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education

The report indicates improvements by public school students at every step of the college-readiness pipeline....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
McDermott helps land $2.3 million for Campbell High Air Conditioning
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 2694 Views :: Education K-12

...the budget specifically appropriates $300,000 of general obligation bond funds toward design ... another $2 million is appropriated for the actual construction of an air conditioning system....

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Evaluations? DoE Claims Principals' Arbitration Award "Aligns with DoE Goals"
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 3550 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Establishes a rewards and recognition program (RRP) for the last two years (sort of)....

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
DoE 2014 Graduation Dates
By News Release @ 7:16 PM :: 2657 Views :: Education K-12

Graduation dates begin in May 18 with the ceremonies for Pahoa on Hawaii Island....

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Saturday, April 19, 2014
Gallup: Hawaii Public Schools Still Rank Among Worst in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:46 PM :: 4409 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...residents in Hawaii took a dim view of their own schools, with only 46% ranking them as excellent or good....

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Friday, April 11, 2014
Private Schools with Public Purpose
By News Release @ 2:04 PM :: 2763 Views :: Education K-12

Participation in a robust summer learning program substantially reduces the achievement gap....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Auditor Updates Progress on Public Housing, Charter Schools
By News Release @ 3:22 AM :: 3143 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

The 2008 Legislature amended the Auditor’s governing statute to require follow-up reporting on recommendations made in various audit reports....

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Monday, April 07, 2014
Survey: 4,280 Hawaii Teachers Reveal Attitude towards Evaluation System
By News Release @ 10:45 PM :: 3064 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"...the EES is a work in progress, and teachers feel that more needs to be done so that the EES can help improve the practice of teaching...." -- Wil Okabe, HSTA

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Monday, April 07, 2014
Alliance Defending Freedom asks court to dismiss renewed attack on Hawaii churches
By News Release @ 4:42 PM :: 4123 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion

...atheists are once again falsely accusing the two churches, One Love Ministries and Calvary Chapel Central Oahu, of defrauding the government even though the court dismissed their claims earlier this year....

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Sunday, April 06, 2014
HSTA Candidate Questionnaire Challenges Teacher Evaluations
By Andrew Walden @ 6:57 PM :: 3284 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"Let's hope the legislative carping isn't a sign that teachers are trying to worm out of evaluations they agreed to in order to get pay raises, just as they once before reneged on drug tests...."

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014
ACLU Sues, Claims Pre-K Program Not Secular Enough
By Selected News Articles @ 4:33 PM :: 4169 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion
"It is not enough to allow students or their families to 'opt out' of portions of the program which are religious in nature," the ACLU says....
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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Hawaii Educational Results Broken Down by Ethnic Background
By News Release @ 2:28 PM :: 4253 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

In this policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation explores the intersection of kids, race and opportunity....

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Arne Duncan: Hawaii DoE Can be Model for Nation
By News Release @ 12:38 PM :: 2952 Views :: Education K-12

Hawaii’s public schools can be a model for the nation, according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan...

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Hawaii Legislative Watch: Education
By Rachelle Chang @ 3:58 AM :: 3955 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...highlighting education proposals, spending, and reforms....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Pono Choices Task Force Stacked with ’Progressives’
By News Release @ 12:58 PM :: 4044 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

Working in secret and overflowing with liberals....

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Pono Choices Working Group Operates in Secrecy, Members forced to Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 8:24 PM :: 4170 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

Since his call for transparency, McDermott says the secrecy has gotten worse....

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Friday, March 21, 2014
Hawaii lawmaker challenges Alabama group’s ‘Teaching Tolerance’
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:17 AM :: 2660 Views :: Education K-12

...Rep. Bob McDermott has asked the Alabama State Bar Disciplinary Commission to investigate the Southern Poverty Law Center’s top administrators....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
New Reading and Math Tests to Get 'Test Run'
By News Release @ 9:24 PM :: 2429 Views :: Education K-12

Students in grades 3-8 and 11 at 91 schools statewide will participate in the field test of the new Smarter Balanced assessments....

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Race to the Top: Feds say Hawaii has Made Huge Progress
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 2413 Views :: Education K-12

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is receiving high praise from the U.S. Department of Education....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Abercrombie Administration Orchestrates Pre-K Rally
By News Release @ 4:38 AM :: 4005 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

...Executive Office on Early Learning Director GG Weisenfeld was joined by state legislators, preschoolers, community groups and business representatives....

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Friday, March 14, 2014
New DoE Training Course: Teach Transsexualism to 2nd Graders
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 3:22 PM :: 4908 Views :: Education K-12

... McDermott says the payment of "stipends" to Hawaii teachers, for delivering SPLC's version of "Tolerance Training" breaks the law ....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Feds Give Hawaii DoE $1.7M for 'Persistently Low Achieving Schools'
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 2402 Views :: Education K-12

...to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Principal: “Pono Choices will not return to Molokai Middle School”
By Selected News Articles @ 9:23 PM :: 4800 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

More than 120 Makua (parents), kapuna (grandparents) and aunties and uncles on the rural island of Molokai joined together at the Kalanianaole Hall to hear the truth about Pono Choices....

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Tell Us Your Common Core Stories
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:21 PM :: 1977 Views :: Education K-12

The Obama Administration has incentivized states to accept national education standards—called Common Core—with billions in federal grants and waivers from the onerous provisions of No Child Left Behind....

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Friday, March 07, 2014
Lawmaker says advocacy group pays Hawaii teachers to attend ‘tolerance’ training
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:43 PM :: 3461 Views :: Education K-12

...Southern Poverty Law Center will pay teachers $250 to attend the training....

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Friday, March 07, 2014
Hawaii’s schools aren’t the best, so what’s with pay raises, shorter class schedules?
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:34 AM :: 2582 Views :: Education K-12

Apparently, many state lawmakers aren’t interested in the numbers. They say teachers and students should spend even less time in the classroom, and the superintendent should make more money....

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