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Friday, March 15, 2013
Heritage: Why We Don't Need Universal Preschool
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:04 PM :: 2214 Views :: Education K-12

Heritage experts took a look at the President’s plan to see if it would actually help America’s needy children get ahead in the “race of life.”

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Friday, March 15, 2013
Reason: Case for Universal Preschool Lacks Compelling Evidence
By NCPA @ 12:59 PM :: 2143 Views :: Education K-12

Evidence from Oklahoma and Georgia, two states that adopted universal preschool in the 1990s, suggests that Obama's plan to expand preschool would have few meaningful effects....

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Thursday, March 07, 2013
HSTA, DoE, HLRB Agree to Mediation
By News Release @ 1:15 AM :: 3859 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The parties are negotiating a 2013-15 contract....

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Saturday, March 02, 2013
DoE Million Dollar Cash Giveaway to 32 Schools
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 3259 Views :: Education K-12

...awards ranging from $12,500 to $100,000 recognize schools for significant academic progress for two consecutive years....

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Friday, March 01, 2013
DoE Extends Deadline for School Quality Survey
By News Release @ 11:51 AM :: 4361 Views :: Education K-12

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is extending until March 8 the deadline for parents to complete a survey to help public schools set priorities for improving programs and services....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
DoE Cash Rewards for Academic Progress
By News Release @ 1:19 PM :: 3268 Views :: Education K-12

$12,500 to $100,000 as a reward for schools that have made significant academic progress for two consecutive years, and ranking in the top five percent in reading and/or mathematics....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
23 Hawaii Robotics Teams Qualify for VEX World Championships
By News Release @ 1:00 PM :: 4001 Views :: Education K-12

23 middle and high school VEX Robotics teams have qualified to compete at the VEX World Championships in California, April 17-20....

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Monday, February 25, 2013
The Numbers Don’t Match: Obama vs Harkin on Hawaii Sequester Impact
By Andrew Walden @ 11:39 PM :: 7817 Views :: Education K-12, National News, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Here is a point-by-point comparison of the White House numbers for Hawaii and Sen. Harkin’s numbers for Hawaii

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Saturday, February 23, 2013
DoE Changes Student Assessment Tests Again
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 3694 Views :: Education K-12

As many as 75 DOE schools have been selected to participate in the pilot of the Smarter Balanced assessment system, which will be launched statewide in the 2014-15 school year....

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Only 11.4% of DoE Graduates Score on AP Exam
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 3571 Views :: Education K-12

Approximately 11.4 percent of Hawaii’s graduating class scored a 3 or higher on an AP exam, compared with 19.5 percent nationally....

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
McDermott: It is time to settle the teachers’ contract!
By Selected News Articles @ 2:12 AM :: 3270 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Making them grovel over less than a 2% increase (when health care costs are factored in), while at the same time proposing an expensive new preschool program is breathtakingly insulting....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
What’s Wrong with Pay for Performance?
By NCPA @ 2:49 PM :: 4894 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

Medicare will begin adjusting payments to physicians based on “the value of the care provided” in 2015....

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Audit: Teachers Stealing Cash Fees Collected at Adult Schools
By Andrew Walden @ 11:37 PM :: 4699 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...teachers at the DoE’s 11 Adult Schools may have been stealing everything: Tuition money, textbook fees, lab fees, and fixed assets.  They were also being paid for hours not worked....

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Audit: DoE Burns $150M/year on Construction and Maintenance, Tosses Records in Trash
By Selected News Articles @ 9:54 PM :: 3722 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

Because project documents were not consistently retained or filed...the current state assessment team was unable to complete planned testing procedures....

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Ethics: Charter School Employee Fined $10K
By News Release @ 2:47 PM :: 4111 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...20 separate violations of the State Ethics Code....

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Monday, February 11, 2013
RTTT: Hawaii DoE Wins Partial Removal of 'High Risk' Status
By News Release @ 10:47 PM :: 2924 Views :: Education K-12

Federal officials will be visiting Hawaii in April to review first hand the work that is being done in all of its RTTT Assurance Areas....

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Monday, February 11, 2013
Hawaii Teacher Absenteeism 2nd-Worst in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:35 PM :: 5597 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...advocates could potentially use these new data from the Department of Education to support a civil rights complaint....

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Monday, February 11, 2013
Hawaii Teacher Absenteeism: How Did Your School Do?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:13 PM :: 4057 Views :: Education K-12

How did your school do? Find out by clicking here....

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Thursday, February 07, 2013
Public Charter School Commission names director
By News Release @ 1:41 PM :: 2923 Views :: Education K-12

Hutton is a national authority on education law and policy and was a co-founder of a noted Washington D.C. charter school, Thurgood Marshall Academy....

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Thursday, February 07, 2013
Keaau K-8: Nearly 1,000 students assigned digital devices
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 3368 Views :: Education K-12

This January, Keaau students in kindergarten through grade 8 began working under a digital curriculum that includes a digital device, such as a laptop or tablet, assigned for their personal use....

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Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Abercrombie Unveils Early Childhood Action Strategy
By News Release @ 2:37 AM :: 3218 Views :: Education K-12

The strategy focuses on improving health, development, and learning experiences and outcomes of Hawaii’s youngest children, prenatal to age eight....

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Friday, February 01, 2013
Hawaii Charter School Law Improves from 35th to 14th in Nation
By News Release @ 3:03 PM :: 4850 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii’s law still needs significant improvement in several areas, including beefing up the requirements for charter application....

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Feds Release RTTT Report: "We will continue to work closely with Hawaii"
By News Release @ 11:40 PM :: 3263 Views :: Education K-12

Among the major challenges identified by the USDOE was the delayed principal evaluation implementation.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Rep. McDermott: after nine years of development, new principal evaluation process still flunks
By News Release @ 7:54 PM :: 3213 Views :: Education K-12

Last week the State Department of Education finally released the criteria for principal evaluations....

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Monday, January 28, 2013
It's School Choice Week
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:43 PM :: 3959 Views :: Education K-12, National News

...school choice advocates—including parents, teachers, schoolchildren and administrators, and many others—will come together to promote educational choice, with more than 3,600 events taking place nationwide....

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Friday, January 25, 2013
State Rejects HSTA's Billion Dollar Contract Proposal, Feb 1 'Impasse' Looms
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 4355 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

In its proposal, HSTA seeks to:

  • Increase teachers’ base pay by 48.1 percent over the next four years,
  • Delay implementation of the new Educator Effectiveness System,
  • Gain veto power over development of each step of the system.
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Friday, January 25, 2013
DoE Scores 'D' for Teacher Preparation
By News Release @ 4:25 AM :: 4219 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...there is much more that can be done to help ensure that new teachers are “classroom ready.” ...

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Friday, January 25, 2013
HSTA: 'Prepare for Negotiations to Continue at Length'
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 4044 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Given the nature of negotiations, the proposal HSTA took to the table is a starting point and is subject to change....

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
HGEA, DOE Agree on Evaluation and Support System for Principals
By News Release @ 9:29 PM :: 5013 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

All Hawaii public school principals will receive enhanced supports and evaluations beginning in the 2013-14 school year under an agreement between the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) and the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA)....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
McDermott: Early Education Proposal Inadequate
By News Release @ 9:10 PM :: 3262 Views :: Education K-12

“I believe comprehensive educational reform can still be done, but not with the ill will the current administration has sown among the educators."

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Monday, January 21, 2013
Hawaii School Choice Week Events on Oahu, Maui
By News Release @ 10:08 PM :: 4631 Views :: Education K-12, Family

Hawaii Families for Educational Choice is proud to participate in this nation wide effort and will be hosting several events during National School Choice Week....

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Friday, January 18, 2013
'School Quality Survey' seeks parent feedback
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 2952 Views :: Education K-12

Beginning this month, schools will mail or ask students to bring the surveys home....

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Friday, January 18, 2013
DoE Asks Feds to Transfer School Repair Funds from Kamaile Academy to Deaf-Blind School
By News Release @ 8:32 PM :: 2789 Views :: Education K-12

To date, one school has successfully applied for funds. Because the school was not awarded the full amount of the carryover, HIDOE has asked USDOE for approval to use the balance of the carryover for ... Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind (HSDB).

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
HSTA: "Time and Money Needed"
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 3819 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

“The State informed HSTA that there will be a formal response made at our next bargaining session on January 22."

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Rep Thielen Introduces Bill Promoting Energy Efficiency in Schools
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 10:02 PM :: 3737 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

...schools that enter into these contracts and see their electric bills drop will actually get to keep the savings as a result....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Dr John Rosemond Speaking--Honolulu, Waipahu, Poipu
By Mary Smart @ 4:20 PM :: 6421 Views :: Education K-12, Family

The wisdom of John Rosemond is something to ponder before initiating costly pre-kindergarten programs....

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Monday, January 14, 2013
Head Start: When the Government Fails Completely
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:32 AM :: 4276 Views :: Education K-12, National News

What happens when a government program simply does not do what it is supposed to do?

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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Abercrombie 'School Readiness' Plan Based on Proven Failure?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:29 PM :: 5773 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

After 50 years of federal funding, the US Department of Health and Human Services has determined in two separate studies that Head Start is completely ineffectual....

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Saturday, January 12, 2013
FULL TEXT: HSTA's $440M Contract Proposal
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 5262 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...if every union were to get the same raises and benefits, it would cost the state an extra $1.4 billion beyond the budget....

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Thursday, January 10, 2013
HSTA Survey: "Hawaii teachers welcome an evaluation process"
By News Release @ 10:46 PM :: 4488 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"Our intent is to work with the DOE to create a successful Educator Effectiveness System that could lend itself to being a model, nationwide.”

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Governor Outlines School Readiness Program and Budget Needs
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 3899 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

Eventually, the goal is a statewide early childhood education program for more 4-year-olds....

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Education Reform: With a ‘C-’ Hawaii DoE Scores 7th in Nation
By News Release @ 2:49 PM :: 3746 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

"Hawaii is making progress on strengthening its education policies" -- StudentsFirst

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Monday, January 07, 2013
Hawaii Students Join Global Kick-off of New FIRST Robotics Season
By News Release @ 3:10 PM :: 3515 Views :: Education K-12

Nearly 51,000 high-school students in 81 cities around the world joined the 2013 Kickoff via live NASA-TV broadcast and webcast....

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Sunday, January 06, 2013
Hawaii DoE Adds 68.9% 'Non-Teaching Bloat'
By News Release @ 3:42 PM :: 4087 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii. Student enrollment increased 2.7 percent while administrators and other non-teaching staff increased 68.9 percent from FY 1992 to FY 2009....

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Thursday, January 03, 2013
Lawsuit: Mentally Disabled Girl Raped at Three DoE Schools
By Selected News Articles @ 1:22 PM :: 7012 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

The mother claims that her daughters teacher and state administrators not only failed to investigate the abuse that occurred on and off school grounds, but conspired to cover it up, and then suspended her.

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Hawaii DOE 2012 Year in Review
By News Release @ 6:05 PM :: 4610 Views :: Education K-12

The U.S. Department of Education releases first-year progress reports for the 12 winners of the Race to the Top grant....

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
DoE Launching College, Career Readiness Assessments
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 4127 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education

...it will administer college and career readiness assessments to all middle and high school students statewide in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11 beginning next spring....

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Friday, December 21, 2012
DOE Releases Report on Farrington High School Auditorium Collapse
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 3162 Views :: Education K-12

...a design flaw in Farrington High School’s 58-year-old auditorium contributed to its roof collapse....

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Friday, December 14, 2012
Green Schools That Aren’t Very Green
By NCPA @ 1:25 AM :: 3858 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, National News

... Washington Middle School in Olympia, Wash., [was] projected to use 28% less energy. The school consumed 19% more energy ....

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Thursday, December 13, 2012
FULL TEXT: Former HSTA President Challenges Okabe on Negotiations
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 3891 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Former Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) President Jim Williams yesterday sent a letter to current HSTA President Wil Okabe asking for clarification on Mr. Okabe’s recent public statements on negotiations....

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