Shutting Schools: Half-Empty & Well-Funded, With Poor Test Scores

Katherine Poythress/Civil Beat

Editor's Note: This article is part of Civil Beat's ongoing coverage of school consolidations in Hawaii. Read our related coverage:

Planted firmly in the heart of bustling Kaimuki, Queen Lydia Liliuokalani Elementary School's palm-lined entrance and deep green courtyard denote calm vitality. But the nearly 100-year-old school, dedicated by the namesake queen herself, is the latest setting for a schoolyard battle between education and economics.

Liliuokalani is one of five schools being considered for consolidation by the Hawaii State Board of Education. (Read our companion piece about the consolidations here.) A Hawaii Department of Education study of the entire Kalani complex concluded that closing the school would be more cost-effective than leaving it open, and consolidation would provide the students with better educational opportunities.

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