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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Students Now Facing More Cuts, Higher Costs Under Ige's Budget Leadership
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 3808 Views :: Education K-12, Politicians

The Department of Education announced today that it will need additional emergency funding in order to avoid cutting bus routes and increasing the cost of school lunches....

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BoE: Matayoshi No Longer 'Exceptional'
By News Release @ 1:40 PM :: 2659 Views :: Education K-12

“The overall performance grade is ‘Exceeds Expectations,’ which is one step below the prior year....

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Hawaii DoE Presents Next Biennium Budget--Unions Take $231M Bite
By News Release @ 1:29 PM :: 3006 Views :: Education K-12

Enrollment dipped somewhat this year due to a change in the cutoff age for students to be eligible for kindergarten....

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Friday, October 17, 2014
Hawaii Named a ‘Top 10 State for Afterschool’
By News Release @ 1:34 AM :: 3369 Views :: Education K-12, Family

New Household Survey Finds that Unmet Demand for Afterschool Programs in the State Persists....

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
No Long-Term Gains from Universal Preschool
By NCPA @ 2:54 PM :: 2731 Views :: Education K-12

...studies have been done on the value of preschool programs, and the results are not positive for preschool supporters....

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Ana: Big Island Schools Closed Friday, Governor Issues Emergency Proclamation
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 3212 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

Tropical Storm Ana is expected to strengthen over the next 12 hours, forcing the closure of all Hawaii Island public schools on Friday....

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Hawaii students get gift cards to participate in sex education program
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:15 AM :: 4046 Views :: Education K-12, Family

...The gift cards, valued at between $10 and $20 each, are issued to 11, 12 and 13-year-olds....

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014
UH Bribes 'Pono Choices' Students With $52,200.00 in gift cards
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 5:39 PM :: 4762 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

...Students, the teachers, and community liaisons were given over $52,000.00 in gift cards in violation of Hawaii State law....

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Monday, October 06, 2014
15 public schools earn $230,000 for high achievement
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 2966 Views :: Education K-12

Schools that earned the "Recognition" status in the Strive HI Performance System represent the top five percent of schools in the state....

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Friday, October 03, 2014
Ige's Bungling Leaves Charter School Students Sitting on Buckets
By News Release @ 1:29 AM :: 4076 Views :: Education K-12, Politicians

“She sits on a white seven-gallon bucket with a black top....”

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
1,400 Older Special Ed Students May Benefit from Class Action Lawsuit Victory
By News Release @ 5:35 AM :: 3395 Views :: Education K-12

On September 29, 2014, class counsel mailed out letters to individuals we are aware of who were affected by Act 163....

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Monday, September 29, 2014
Hawaii is the 5th Worst State for Teachers
By News Release @ 1:00 PM :: 4337 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 18 key metrics....

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Thursday, September 25, 2014
Fired chief procurement officer blows whistle on Hawaii DOE procurement troubles
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:43 PM :: 4464 Views :: Education K-12

The former chief procurement officer for the Hawaii Department of Education has filed a whistleblower lawsuit....

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Education Institute of Hawaii: 'Voice of Hawaii School Principals'
By News Release @ 7:01 PM :: 5146 Views :: Education K-12

...The Education Institute of Hawaii, a public education think tank, has been formed to explore ways of empowering teachers, principals and parents in their common goal of helping each student thrive....

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Monday, September 22, 2014
VIDEO: Yes on 4 a 'Yes Brainer'
By Video @ 9:34 PM :: 2794 Views :: Education K-12

Hawaii was, until this summer, one of only ten states not funding a statewide preschool system....

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Monday, September 22, 2014
HSTA Launches Campaign Against Preschool Voucher program
By News Release @ 6:25 PM :: 3748 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...Starting today, the Hawaii State Teachers Association is launching a statewide informational campaign....

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Monday, September 22, 2014
Class Action Suit Seeks Treatment for Autistic Children in Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 3939 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...accusing the State of Hawai`i Department of Human Services of denying critically needed treatment for autistic children....

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Friday, September 19, 2014
Aiona Only Candidate to Release Policy Initiatives
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 5384 Views :: Education K-12, Homelessness, Politicians, Republican Party

...a detailed plan with practical solutions for our state’s toughest issues: Homelessness, Affordable Housing, and Education....

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Thursday, September 18, 2014
Public school students earning AP honors at all-time high
By News Release @ 4:04 PM :: 4102 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

Hawaii's AP test-taking rate and passing rate has significantly increased in recent years. The number of students receiving AP honors has steadily risen since 2012, when 385 students were named scholars.....

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
McDermott Responds to “Revised” Pono Choices Program
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 3:51 AM :: 3685 Views :: Education K-12, Family

Rep Bob McDermott responds to 'revised' Pono Choices program....

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Strive HI appeals lead to slight changes in school, state results
By News Release @ 11:56 PM :: 3181 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...statewide reading and science proficiency rates improve slightly over previously reported figures, after adjustments were made to 12 schools' data....

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Thursday, September 11, 2014
Autism Scholarship Program Provides Tailored Education
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 2665 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

...Students can begin receiving an Autism Scholarship as early as age 3....

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Monday, September 08, 2014
Islamic Gulen Cult Pours Money into Takai Campaign
By Andrew Walden @ 12:16 AM :: 9092 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Military, Politicians

Cult members laboring for the Imam under "Tuzuk contracts" are obligated to kick back all of their salaries beyond a bare minimum needed to survive....

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Friday, September 05, 2014
Controversial sex education program reinstated in Hawaii public schools
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:48 PM :: 4618 Views :: Education K-12, Family

...the program for middle school students will include some key revisions....

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Thursday, September 04, 2014
DoE: Pono Choices is Back for 2014-15 School Year
By News Release @ 7:12 PM :: 3767 Views :: Education K-12, Family

The updated Pono Choices curriculum is one of seven sexual health education programs available to DOE middle schools. Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, all parents must sign an opt-in form permitting their children to participate....

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Teachers in Honolulu Lowest Adjusted Salary in USA
By News Release @ 4:14 AM :: 4583 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The median adjusted salaries in the 60 metro areas range from $32,312 in Honolulu, Hawaii to $73,078 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin....

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Monday, August 25, 2014
Chronic Absenteeism in Hawaii's public schools plummets 39 percent
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 4296 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

The percentage of students absent 15 days or more in the 2013-14 school year dropped to 11 percent from 18 percent a year ago....

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Friday, August 22, 2014
Duncan Announces One Year Delay in Teacher Evaluations
By News Release @ 3:55 AM :: 3177 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...I believe testing issues today are sucking the oxygen out of the room....

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
ACT Score Report: Hawaii Students Least Ready for College
By Selected News Articles @ 6:42 PM :: 5054 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii ranked lowest, with an average composite score of 18.2....

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Accountability: DoE Identifies Almost All Teachers as Effective
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 3364 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...0.2 percent of teachers were rated unsatisfactory, which means teachers do not show evidence of effective teacher practice, positive student outcomes....

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Monday, August 18, 2014
OHA Awards $1.5M to Charter Schools
By News Release @ 2:58 PM :: 3163 Views :: Education K-12, OHA

...The OHA grant is expected over the next year to help the 17 Hawaiian-focused charter schools, which make up the Nā Lei Na'auao...

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Friday, August 15, 2014
Report: 14% of Hawaii HS Grads Leave State Within 12 Months
By Selected News Articles @ 2:40 PM :: 3953 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...four members of the Western collaborative -- Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington -- agreed to share educational and workforce data....

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Friday, August 15, 2014
Non-Teachers Make Up Half of Public School Workforce
By NCPA @ 10:28 AM :: 2888 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...25 percent of education expenditures going to non-teacher salaries and benefits....

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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Pono Choices May Violate State, Federal Laws
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 3:57 AM :: 4187 Views :: Education K-12, Family

...the DOE's implementation of Pono Choices violated several safeguards contained in the Federal Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)....

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014
DoE Announces School Closures on Hawaii Island, Maui County
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 2541 Views :: Education K-12

On Thursday, Aug. 7, all public schools in Hawaii and Maui Counties (Maui, Molokai, Lanai) will be closed....

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Monday, August 04, 2014
Hawaii Charter Schools Produce 7% More Student Achievement Per Dollar Spent
By Selected News Articles @ 5:42 PM :: 2346 Views :: Education K-12

While gains were small in places like Hawaii (7 percent), D.C. saw advantages of more than 100 percent....

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Monday, August 04, 2014
WaPo: Union freakouts are hurting the hunt for good teachers
By NCPA @ 1:58 PM :: 3250 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... the debate over evaluations has been full of false information ....

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Monday, August 04, 2014
2014: States with the Best & Worst School Systems
By News Release @ 1:50 PM :: 3573 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics
Hawaii ranks 25th in “Education Output and Safety” and 36th in “School System Quality”
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Sunday, August 03, 2014
Without Abercrombie, Education Reform a Political Orphan
By Andrew Walden @ 9:31 PM :: 4829 Views :: Education K-12, Politicians

...With Abercrombie out of the picture, education reform advocates can reinterpret the rules for vouchers to open the door to church preschools....

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Saturday, August 02, 2014
School Choice Event Shows New Way Forward for Hawaii Education Reform
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:28 AM :: 2524 Views :: Education K-12

Grassroot Institute's Friedman Dinner emphasizes bipartisanship, cooperation in improving schools....

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
School Choice: Strive to Reach the Summit
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:32 PM :: 2405 Views :: Education K-12
  • Thursday, July 31 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM 
  • Japanese Cultural Centeri Manoa Ballroom
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Ige Renews Oath of Fealty to HSTA
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 4536 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 :: 2468 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 :: 2528 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 :: 2580 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 :: 4587 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 :: 3451 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 :: 5046 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 :: 3380 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 :: 2733 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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