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Governor needs to step up and fix Maui school bus crisis
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 7:43 PM :: 3985 Views :: Education K-12

Governor needs to step up and fix Maui school bus crisis

by Rep Bob McDermott (R-Ewa) August 10, 2017

Governor Ige needs to display engaged leadership and step in and resolve Maui’s failing school bus system. Sitting on the sidelines and saying he “recognizes the hardship caused by the school bus crisis on Maui“ is not enough. Ige needs to fix the problem, that is what is expected of a governor. To lead, take action and resolve this situation. 

The poor students and parents of Maui are being held hostage to bureaucratic bumbling that would make the keystone cops envious. Ige appointee, and Chairman of the Board of Education, Lance Mizumoto is another master of inaction saying “the board does not get involved with contract discussions…”

Ige and Mizumoto’s leadership on this issue is non-existent and pathetic. Parents expect a few things from their government and timely bus service for public schools is one of them.

There is no excuse for this sloth-like leadership. None. This is why citizens are frustrated with government…The Governor and BOE chair are displaying all the initiative of Rip Van Winkle.

At the very least, the Governor should get the parties in a room and lead the discussion. If that does not work he could exercise his emergency powers for 30 days and resolve this situation. It may not be an emergency to him, but for parents and students whose lives have been turned upside down, you bet it is an emergency.

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