The New York City-based independent expenditure committee “Education Reform Now Advocacy” registered today with the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission.
With just a week to go before the Nov. 4 election, it’s unclear what local issue or candidate the committee is focusing on. The only report available online is the group’s organizational report, which states the committee has ties to Democrats for Education Reform.
Students at the Hawaiian immersion charter school Nawahiokalaniopuu Iki.
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The committee’s chairman is Patrick van Keerbergen, DFER’s political director and a longtime political organizer
Sen. Brian Schatz is publicly supporting the campaign to pass a constitutional amendment that would allow the state to use public funds to pay for private preschool programs.
The Good Beginning Alliance campaign — “Yes on 4″ — already has the support of a range of business groups, private preschool providers and Native Hawaiian advocacy organizations. It’s been raising and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Advocates say the passage of Question No. 4 is key to expanding access to preschool for more of the state’s 4-year-olds. They say it would allow the state
Windward Community College says it will develop a Hawaiian immersion childcare center and improve its science, technology, engineering and math programs with a new $9.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The grant, which lasts five years and is titled “Hanai a ulu: Feed and Grow—Nurturing student parents and STEM at Windward Community College,” is aimed at enhancing Native Hawaiian students’ success. Forty-two percent of the college’s students identify as Native Hawaiian.
Windward Community College will use its $9.9 million grant to support Native Hawaiian education.
With less than three weeks to go before the general election, the campaign in support of a ballot initiative to allow the use of public money for private preschools is picking up steam — and doling out the big bucks.
Question No. 4 on the ballot asks voters whether the state can amend the constitution to allow the allocation of taxpayer dollars to private preschool programs as part of an initiative to expand early education in Hawaii. Four out of every 10 children miss out on preschool in Hawaii, in large part because tuition is too expensive
MOOCs are now making their way into the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
MOOCS, as in massive open online courses: a 2-year-old fad in higher education in which universities — including the likes of Stanford, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — offer online courses, often for free, to anyone who signs up.
It’s taken UH a while to hop on the bandwagon, but a UH Manoa College of Education course that launched this summer could be a harbinger of a new era of online learning in the state’s only public university system.
A longtime University of Hawaii student affairs administrator has been recommended to be the next chancellor of UH Maui College.
Lui Hokoana currently serves as the vice chancellor for student affairs at UH West Oahu, a position he’s held since last year. Before that he was the associate vice president for student affairs for the entire university system and the vice chancellor for student affairs at Windward Community College. He’s also overseen various programs at Maui College, were he began his career at UH in 1991 as a counselor.
The Hawaii Department of Education recently announced that it’s awarding $230,000 to 15 schools that performed particularly well during the 2013-14 school year.
The system that measures schools’ success is called Strive HI — a new accountability framework that officials tout for its focus on dynamic measures of performance and growth rather than solely on test scores. Schools’ scores are based on an array of metrics that are customized to specific student populations, from chronic absenteeism to college-going rates.
The scores are categorized into five levels, with “Recognition” schools performing in the top 5 percent.
The state’s seven community colleges are receiving nearly $10 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to support job-training programs in the information technology and health care industries.
All in all, the labor department is setting aside more than $450 million in grants this year to community colleges across the country — marking the last year of a four-year initiative that will have given schools $2 billion total.
The idea is to expand the capacity of community colleges to provide training in partnership with local employers.
Honokaa Elementary and Honokaa High and Intermediate schools closed early today after a “strong chemical odor” sent 40 students and 10 adults from the high school to nearby medical centers, according to the Department of Education.
Those affected reported symptoms including nausea, dizziness and respiratory problems. There were no reports of medical issues at Honokaa Elementary, which is located across the street from the high school.
According to hazardous materials investigators, the odor was traced to a nearby resident who was using a mix of chemicals to spray his yard. Honokaa is located near Waimea on
A record 492 students from public schools across Hawaii have earned awards for exceptional achievement in their college-level Advanced Placement courses, according to the College Board, the company that administers the exams.
Students who perform well on their exams typically earn college credit or advanced placement in college courses. The ones who do exceptionally well also earn “AP Scholar Awards.” About 20 percent of the 2.1 million students who took AP exams last year performed at a level high enough to get those awards.