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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
In Face of Lawsuit, DOE Pushes Ahead with Overpriced Chevron Solar Deal
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 3718 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

This morning, the DOE announced it has selected Chevron Energy Solutions to help lead implementation of the five-year sustainable energy program, to be called Ka Hei....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
House Bill 14: Mandatory Kindergarten, Lowering Compulsory School Attendance Age to 5
By News Release @ 8:36 PM :: 2559 Views :: Education K-12

Many education experts have concluded that beginning a child's formal education too early may actually result in burnout and poor scholastic performance later....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
More questionable social engineering comes to Hawaii’s public schools
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 8:25 PM :: 4516 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

...like Pono Choices, there is a disproportionate focus on normalizing homosexuality....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Brookings: Do Teacher Professional Development Programs Work?
By NCPA @ 2:49 PM :: 2147 Views :: Education K-12

Professional development programs in the field of education have very little scientific support....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Hawaii Charter School Law: Measuring up to the Model?
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 2817 Views :: Education K-12

Hawaii's ranking went from #14 to #21. This drop had more to do with the aggressive changes made in other states than with any steps backward in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Abercrombie Releases $62.4M in DoE CIP
By News Release @ 4:20 PM :: 2414 Views :: Education K-12

...Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $62.4 million for capital improvement projects (CIP) that will improve various Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) facilities....

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Friday, February 21, 2014
No Surprise: DoE Includes Tranny on Pono Choices Review Panel
By News Release @ 8:26 PM :: 5176 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment
The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) yesterday convened a working group to review Pono Choices....
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
BoE Reaffirms Commitment to Hawaiian Language and Culture
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 2424 Views :: Education K-12

The Board spent nearly one year working with stakeholders to craft policy revisions....

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Sunday, February 16, 2014
Quid pro Quo? HSTA Endorses Ige for Governor
By News Release @ 8:26 PM :: 4655 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Flashback: Senate Ways and Means Chairman David Ige rained rhetorical bombs on the Department of Education for what he called a "Cadillac" system to evaluate teacher performance....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Statewide Meetings: Parents Protecting Their Children from Pono Choices
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 4452 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

Same sex marriage opens a Pandora Box of activist pressure on our schools....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Atheist Scores $200K from New Hope Lawsuit Settlement
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 5647 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion
The settlement occurred with churches not represented by Alliance Defending Freedom....
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Wednesday, February 05, 2014
"You Brainwashed Me": Victim Confronts Alleged Homosexual Child Molester
By Video @ 1:38 AM :: 4401 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Law Enforcement

I am 28 years old and have been waiting years to get up enough courage to report a teacher for sexually abusing me for years....

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Monday, February 03, 2014
DOE reports on school year and instructional time
By News Release @ 8:30 PM :: 2698 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

Any change, as the bill proposes, would require a change to the current collective bargaining agreement with the HSTA, which runs through 2017....

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Monday, February 03, 2014
HI lawmaker renews fight to end or revise controversial sex ed program
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:16 PM :: 4479 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment, Health Care

...McDermott, who enrolled his eight children in Hawaii’s public schools, doesn’t want his 11-year-old son exposed to a controversial taxpayer-funded sex education program....

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Saturday, February 01, 2014
Feb 4-5: Pono Choices or Poor Choices?
By Hawaii Family Advocates @ 9:11 PM :: 5132 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment, Health Care

Board of Education (BOE) Hearing Tuesday, Feb 4th, 2014, 1:30 PM....

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Roosevelt HS Shooting: Failure of Mental Health Care System
By News Release @ 12:41 PM :: 7196 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Justice Reinvestment

...the suspect's mother describes the revolving door of mental health facilities and half-way houses through which her son has passed in the last year....

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
KIDS COUNT report reveals growing gap in reading proficiency of students
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 2341 Views :: Education K-12

...the state has seen an overall improvement in proficiency levels with 79% of fourth graders reading below proficiency in 2003 compared to 70% in 2013....

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Monday, January 27, 2014
Is Your Child in the Right School?
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:42 AM :: 2487 Views :: Education K-12

...Lisa Stevens wasn’t satisfied with her child’s school. Then she heard about charter schools and discovered she could get a group of people together and start one....

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
School Choice Week in Hawaii to Feature 30 Events
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 2924 Views :: Education K-12

Students, parents, teachers and community leaders across Hawaii will rally this week in support of school choice at 30 “School Choice Week” events across the Aloha State....

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
Legislators Silencing Professional Counselors Free Speech?
By Hawaii Family Advocates @ 4:08 AM :: 4311 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment
This bill prohibits teachers and persons who are licensed to provide professional counseling from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with a person under eighteen years of age.
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Friday, January 24, 2014
SB2922: Lengthen School Year to 190 Days, Eliminate Minimum Hours of Instruction
By News Release @ 7:07 PM :: 3039 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The bill also discontinues the requirements for the minimum number of student instructional hours effective at the end of the 2014-2015 school year....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Michael Medved, Lynn Finnegan Kick off Hawaii Celebration of National School Choice Week
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:27 AM :: 2705 Views :: Education K-12

The event, called "Better Choices - Better Schools," was intended to raise awareness about how expanding educational choice can help America prosper....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Pono Choices Coming to Every Middle School Next Semester
By Selected News Articles @ 8:18 PM :: 4238 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

Pono Choices offers little to no information on sexual harassment, Sexually Transmitted Infections, their symptoms and consequences or single parenthood....

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Sunday, January 19, 2014
Home School Legal Defense Association Legislative Watch List
By News Release @ 2:07 PM :: 3839 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

HSLDA advocates in state legislatures, at the invitation of state homeschool organizations....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
Ethics: State Supervisor Got $10,000 Riding Mover from Vendor
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 3215 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...Charge against John Doe, a maintenance supervisor employed by the Department of Education....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
Full Text: Hawaii DoE Budget Proposal
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 2400 Views :: Education K-12

Learn more about the DOE's budget, including budget breakdown and cycle, supplemental requests, per-pupil funding and more....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Michael Medved, Lynn Finnegan Launch School Choice Week in Honolulu
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 2747 Views :: Education K-12

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii will kick off National School Choice Week in the state with nationally renowned speaker Michael S. Medved on January 21....

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Friday, January 10, 2014
Hauula Teacher Wins Back Pay After Pot-Fueled Firing
By Selected News Articles @ 12:07 PM :: 3394 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Kathleen Morita was teaching at Hauula Elementary School in September 2007 when a custodian reported the smell of marijuana coming from her classroom. He also reported what he thought was a bottle of wine in a paper bag....

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Thursday, January 09, 2014
Abercrombie Touts Nursery School for 640 Kids
By News Release @ 10:51 PM :: 2123 Views :: Education K-12
Children must be four years old by July 31, 2014, which follows the new kindergarten age requirement, beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. The classrooms will be staffed by DOE teachers and educational assistants.
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Thursday, January 09, 2014
Pono Choices not medically accurate, age appropriate, or complete on STD risks
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 8:08 PM :: 6464 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

After weeks of bureaucratic run-around McDermott finally received a copy of the requested materials....

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Thursday, January 09, 2014
Ed Week: Hawaii DoE scores 77.3% Chance for Success
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 2303 Views :: Education K-12

Quality Counts 2014: District Disruption & Revival....

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Thursday, January 09, 2014
Abercrombie Hosts Nursery School Sales Pitch for Legislators
By News Release @ 2:28 AM :: 3170 Views :: Education K-12, Family

Abercrombie’s Executive Office on Early Learning (EOEL) today presented a symposium for the Hawaii State Legislature, the state’s multi-level educational systems and the private sector....

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014
A New Year and New Scholars at Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:35 AM :: 2503 Views :: Education K-12
January is School Choice Month!
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
HSTA Legislative Agenda: Bring Back Pre-Kindergarten
By News Release @ 7:08 PM :: 3356 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Hawaii State Teachers Association urges the Legislature to support and fund the following....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
High Schoolers Dual-Enrolled in College: How Does Hawaii Compare?
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 3135 Views :: Education K-12

States increasingly are turning to dual enrollment as a strategy for improving college readiness and access, according to a 50-state database....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
FULL TEXT: Secret Pono Choices Curriculum Exposed
By Tito Montes @ 11:23 PM :: 18790 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

The main philosophy of Advocates for Youth is that children have “sexual rights”....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
DoE: Hawaii leads nation in growth of National Board Certified teachers
By News Release @ 9:22 PM :: 4677 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii now has a total of 469 NBCTs ....

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Saturday, December 21, 2013
There's Nothing Pono About Pono Choices
By Tito Montes @ 3:03 PM :: 6161 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

...Blake Oshiro, out in front of the news cameras to deny that any “parade of horribles” relating to the activist LGBT agenda would ever be unleashed on the people of Hawaii....

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Friday, December 20, 2013
Hawaii’s education department keeping sex-ed curriculum a secret
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:29 PM :: 4243 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

...McDermott said he should be able to get a copy of the 10-hour curriculum from either the state Department of Education or the University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies, which developed the $800,000 pilot program....

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Thursday, December 19, 2013
Secret Encounters: DoE Refuses to Release Homosexual Education Curriculum to Legislators
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 3:47 AM :: 4893 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

...In the fastest "investigation" in Hawaii history, 2 weeks, the DOE announced the program will restart. The program will also be expanded to 30 more schools....

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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Fire Hazard: Volcano School Threatened with Closure After Abercrombie Refuses to Release Funds
By Selected News Articles @ 10:53 PM :: 3085 Views :: Hawaii County , Education K-12

...the elected State Legislature has twice appropriated $618,000 of State construction and improvement funds specifically directed to the VSAS. The Governor of the State Hawaii, exercising what amounts to line item veto, has arbitrarily, for two years, withheld these funds....

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Saturday, December 14, 2013
Homosexual Education Program Back -- 12 Schools Next Semester
By News Release @ 11:29 AM :: 4645 Views :: Education K-12, Family

A review of Pono Choices confirmed the curriculum is ... aligned with ... state law ....

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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Proficiency and Growth: How is Your School Doing?
By News Release @ 7:55 PM :: 2797 Views :: Education K-12

The interactive website allows users to click among multiple data streams comparing the state's Complex Areas, schools and student groups....

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Monday, December 09, 2013
Hale Kula Elementary to Mark 'Hour of Code' at Schoefield
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 3242 Views :: Education K-12, Military

Hale Kula’s “Hour of Code” event will include the presentation of a $10,000 check by Code.org and a brief session on computer programming with Hale Kula students....

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Saturday, December 07, 2013
Robotic teams to compete at VEX State Championship
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 2455 Views :: Education K-12

Forty middle and high school VEX robotics teams from across the state will compete Dec. 20-21 in the first-ever Hawaii VEX State Championship....

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Saturday, December 07, 2013
Abercrombie Finds $844M, Wants to Spend it on Preschool Vouchers
By News Release @ 12:10 AM :: 3177 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Abercrombie today announced that the State of Hawaii ended fiscal year 2013 with a positive fund balance of $844 million....

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Friday, December 06, 2013
Atheist Ethics vs Santa: Teachers, Students Cannot 'Believe', 'Make a Wish'
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 4690 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, First Amendment

For each letter to Santa that is deposited in the Santa Mail letterbox located at Macy’s stores, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation....

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Brookings: New Evidence Raises Doubts on Abercrombie’s Preschool for All
By Selected News Articles @ 3:34 PM :: 2268 Views :: Education K-12

...supporters of Preschool for All, including some academics who are way out in front of what the evidence says and know it, have turned a blind eye to the mixed and conflicting nature of research findings....

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Oahu bus vendors selected for 2014-15 school year
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 2205 Views :: Education K-12

The contracts are among major reform efforts underway since December 2012 to meet recommendations by the State Office of the Auditor....

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
HCDA, BoE, HHC, LUC: Abercrombie Announces Appointments
By News Release @ 9:01 PM :: 3557 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Hawaii State Government

Grant Y.M. Chun to the Board of Education (BOE); Doreen Napua Gomes to the Hawaiian Homes Commission; Aaron D. Mahi to the Land Use Commission (LUC); and Brian T. Tamamoto to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA), Kakaako District....

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