What Hawaii Education Laws Are Most Ineffectual?

Katherine Poythress/Civil Beat

What's worse: Failing to pass laws to deal with education issues, or passing laws to deal with education issues and failing to implement or enforce them?

Hawaii's books reflect a number of education statutes and policies that have been adopted but never enacted. The most recent example is a school impact fee, established by the Legislature in 2007 but implemented only in a piecemeal fashion four years later.

Educational policies are established for a reason, regardless of whether everyone agrees on them. But accountability extends beyond the good intentions of words to the impact of implementation. So we at Civil Beat are beginning a list of educational policies in Hawaii that have been enacted but have at worst not been enacted or at best inconsistently enforced.

Here are four:

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