Gov: Education Reforms Start With Appointed BOE

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie needs "an immediate resolution" granting him authority to appoint members to the board of education before he can move forward with other school reforms, he said in his State of the State speech Monday morning.

Education is the new governor's top priority in stabilizing the state's precarious affairs, he said. To support that claim, he announced that he included education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood in his first cabinet retreat last weekend. Former Gov. Linda Lingle's decision to exclude the superintendent from cabinet meetings has been a sore spot with education officials for the last several years.

Looking toward the future, the governor said he has already begun laying the groundwork to establish a Department of Early Childhood Education. At the higher education level, he emphasized the need for research and proposed a Hawaiian language university within the university.

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