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Hawaii Department of Education

Disagreements Over Charter School Oversight Coming To A Head PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Disagreements Over Charter School Oversight Coming To A Head

The Board of Education is embarking on a charter school listening tour, after complaints from charter school leaders about current oversight.

First-Ever Head of Hawaiian Education Foresees ‘Revolutionary’ Changes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

First-Ever Head of Hawaiian Education Foresees ‘Revolutionary’ Changes

UPDATED: Dawn Kaui Sang’s new role brings big challenges as she looks to redefine language immersion programs and make sure every student in the state learns about Hawaiian culture.

Hawaii’s Charter Schools Must Adhere to Federal Law on Prayers PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Charter Schools Must Adhere to Federal Law on Prayers

Some schools may be flouting the constitutional mandate for separation of church and state. The Charter Schools Commission needs to stand up for compliance.

Lack of School Nurses in Hawaii Contributes to High Absentee Rates PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Lack of School Nurses in Hawaii Contributes to High Absentee Rates

School officials are trying new programs to increase the number of health professionals and improve student access to health care.

Auditor: School Bus Issues Still Need Work

Auditor: School Bus Issues Still Need Work

The Hawaii Department of Education has made strides in bringing down runaway school bus costs but “much work remains.”

In Hawaii, Sex Education Is Confusing — Even for Those in Charge Alia Wong/Civil Beat

In Hawaii, Sex Education Is Confusing — Even for Those in Charge

As the Board of Education considers revising its policy to mandate availability of sex education for students, misunderstandings abound.

Hawaii Monitor: Order Blocks Enforcement of Ban on Teachers’ Flyers Meliha Gojak/iStock

Hawaii Monitor: Order Blocks Enforcement of Ban on Teachers’ Flyers

Teachers can continue to put campaign flyers in school mailboxes, at least for now.

Hawaii Monitor: Ethics Commission Ruling Draws Teachers’ Union Lawsuit Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Monitor: Ethics Commission Ruling Draws Teachers’ Union Lawsuit

Commission says candidates for the Hawaii State Teachers Association can’t use school mailboxes to campaign.

Hawaii Legislature Should Expand Preschool Programs Alia Wong/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature Should Expand Preschool Programs

At the same time, the state Department of Education needs to make sure it participates in federal grant programs that help pay for early education opportunities.

Hawaii Schools: Better Attendance Rates But Worse Test Scores PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Schools: Better Attendance Rates But Worse Test Scores

The most recent Strive HI results show that science proficiency has improved, too.

Instructors Ask if Hawaii’s New Teacher Evaluation System Fails Students

Instructors Ask if Hawaii’s New Teacher Evaluation System Fails Students

The system being tested out at all public schools this year will affect most teachers' pay starting in 2015-2016.
Hawaii Lawmakers Mull Tempering Sharp Increase in Teaching Hours

Hawaii Lawmakers Mull Tempering Sharp Increase in Teaching Hours

The state continues to wrestle with the amount of time students should spend in the classroom.
Living Hawaii: Many Families Sacrifice to Put Kids in Private Schools PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Many Families Sacrifice to Put Kids in Private Schools

One in seven school-age children in the state attend private schools — the highest percentage in the nation.
Energy Drain: Is HECO a Drag on Hawaii Schools’ Renewable Power Plan?

Energy Drain: Is HECO a Drag on Hawaii Schools’ Renewable Power Plan?

The multiyear alternative energy plan being rolled out is expected to save millions of dollars a year.

November 2015

Monday, November 30

Disagreements Over Charter School Oversight Coming To A Head

August 2015

Monday, August 24

First-Ever Head of Hawaiian Education Foresees ‘Revolutionary’ Changes

July 2015

Wednesday, July 8

Hawaii’s Charter Schools Must Adhere to Federal Law on Prayers

June 2015

Wednesday, June 3

Lack of School Nurses in Hawaii Contributes to High Absentee Rates

May 2015

Thursday, May 21

Auditor: School Bus Issues Still Need Work

April 2015

Wednesday, April 29

In Hawaii, Sex Education Is Confusing — Even for Those in Charge

Thursday, April 2

Hawaii Monitor: Order Blocks Enforcement of Ban on Teachers’ Flyers

March 2015

Wednesday, March 25

Hawaii Monitor: Ethics Commission Ruling Draws Teachers’ Union Lawsuit

Wednesday, March 4

Hawaii Legislature Should Expand Preschool Programs

August 2014

Monday, August 25

Hawaii Schools: Better Attendance Rates But Worse Test Scores

Wednesday, August 6

Stormy Weather: Hurricane Iselle Is About to Rock Hawaii

April 2014

Saturday, April 12

Instructors Ask if Hawaii’s New Teacher Evaluation System Fails Students

Wednesday, April 2

Hawaii Lawmakers Mull Tempering Sharp Increase in Teaching Hours

March 2014

Monday, March 17

Living Hawaii: Many Families Sacrifice to Put Kids in Private Schools

Wednesday, March 12

Energy Drain: Is HECO a Drag on Hawaii Schools’ Renewable Power Plan?

February 2014

Friday, February 28

Keiki Care: Revolutionary Pilot Program’s Campus Health Care Targets Teens

Tuesday, February 25

Food for Thought: Many Oahu Schools Miss Basic Food Safety Checks

Thursday, February 20

Hawaii Lawmakers Mull Clearer Rules for Schools With Uncontrollable Kids

Tuesday, February 18

Moving the Ball: Hawaii Senator Wants Millions More for School Sports

Friday, February 14

What Will the Hawaii DOE Do With the $775K New Hope Settlement?

January 2014

Saturday, January 4

What Hawaii’s Legislature Has in Store for Education

Wednesday, January 1

Hawaii: New For-Profit High School Equivalency Exam Hopes to Pass

December 2013

Monday, December 23

Does Tuition Keep Hawaii High School Students from Taking College Courses?

Thursday, December 19

Lawmakers: DOE Refusing to Hand Over ‘Pono Choices’ Sex-Ed Materials

Saturday, December 14

Kaimuki High School Program to Prep Kids for Hospitality Industry

Wednesday, December 4

Taken for a Ride: The DOE Is Saving Thousands With New School Bus Plan

November 2013

Tuesday, November 26

Underage Voters?

Tuesday, November 5

Would Gay Marriage Bring the ‘Homosexual Lifestyle’ to Hawaii Students?

October 2013

Thursday, October 24

Preaching Pays: New Hope Pastor Has Raked in Six Figures, Tax Forms Show

Wednesday, October 16

DOE Gets Heat for Tardy $25M Request for Classroom Cooling

Thursday, October 10

Some Hawaii Teachers Aren’t Allowed to Fail Kids Over Frequent Truancy

Wednesday, October 9

Marriage Equality Could Make Hawaii Schools More Gay-Friendly

Wednesday, October 2

DOE Long Overdue in Improving Hawaiian Studies, Kupuna Say

September 2013

Friday, September 27

Sick of Sweltering, Students Demand Relief from Hawaii Legislature

Wednesday, September 25

DOE Under Pressure from ‘Gov’t Shutdown,’ Debt Limit, Sequestration

Wednesday, September 18

Hawaii Charter Schools in Limbo Over Teacher Evaluations

Tuesday, September 17

Federal Budget Crisis Likely to Squeeze Hawaii Schools and Universities

Friday, September 13

Will a New Mentoring Program Keep Hawaii Teachers on the Job?

Wednesday, September 11

Teaching 2.0: What Kickstarting Classrooms Says About Hawaii Schools

Thursday, September 5

How Come So Many Teachers Bail on Hawaii’s Public Schools?

August 2013

Thursday, August 29

Appeals Court: Hawaii Can’t Block Thousands of Special Education Students

Tuesday, August 20

Hawaii Schools Target ‘Chronically Absent’ Kids

Friday, August 16

Lawsuit: Churches Shortchanged Hawaii Schools $5.6M

Thursday, August 15

Making Waves: Corey Rosenlee Is Shaking Up Hawaii Education

Tuesday, August 13

Should Hawaii Education Officials Do More To Ensure Safe Bus Drivers?

Wednesday, August 7

No Yellow Bus: Some Big Island Charter Students on Dangerous Road to School

July 2013

Friday, July 26

Complaint: Former Oahu Principal Abused Power While Leading School

Wednesday, July 24

The Breakfast Club That Poor Children in Hawaii Just Won’t Join

Saturday, July 13

DOE Audit: Hawaii Public Schools Overstate Enrollment Numbers

Thursday, July 4

Lost Art: Are Hawaii’s Kids Being Shortchanged in Arts Education?

Monday, July 1

Hawaii Teacher: Lack of Computers in the Classroom a Real Problem

June 2013

Saturday, June 29

Education Officials Will Try New ‘Teams’ to Improve Hawaii Schools

Thursday, June 27

Department of Education Risks Millions With Digital Classroom Program

Saturday, June 22

Educators May Give Poor Marks to New Teacher Evaluation System

Wednesday, June 19

Are Hawaii Kids Equipped for Careers in the Military?

Friday, June 14

Court Ruling: Hawaii DOE Failed Autistic Student

Monday, June 3

Hawaii Teacher: Let’s Stop Violating The Sanctity Of The Classroom

May 2013

Saturday, May 11

Taken For A Ride: Hawaii Ed Department Could Restore School Bus Cuts

Tuesday, May 7

Is Hawaii Doing Enough To Engage Kids In Science, Tech And Math?

Monday, May 6

Hawaii Teacher: Creating The Perfect Bubble For Better Learning

Wednesday, May 1

Voters To Decide If Hawaii Can Use Public Money For Private Preschool

April 2013

Saturday, April 27

Public Preschool Plan, School Lands Development Bills Down To Final Test

Thursday, April 25

Campbell High School: ‘It’s A Cinderblock Oven’

Wednesday, April 24

Bursting at the Seams: Skyrocketing Enrollment Crowds Campbell High Classrooms

Saturday, April 20

Hana High School Girls Earn ‘Life-Changing’ Gates Millennium Scholarships

Wednesday, April 17

Taken for a Ride: Will Innovative School Bus Plan Really Bring Down Costs?

Tuesday, April 9

Private Schools Fill Gap For Hawaii’s Dyslexic Kids — But At High Cost

Cracking the Code: Are Hawaii Schools Doing Enough for Dyslexic Students?

Wednesday, April 3

Ed Board: Teachers Not Abusing Sick Leave

March 2013

Saturday, March 30

It’s Your Money: Teacher Subs Lawsuit Could Cost Hawaii Taxpayers $75M

Thursday, March 28

Money for Preschool, IT, Employee Benefits in Senators’ Spending Plan

Wednesday, March 27

Taken for a Ride: Lawmakers Say School Bus Fiasco Finally Shaping Up

Monday, March 25

Hawaii Teachers Union Reaches Deal With State On New Contract

Wednesday, March 20

BOE Demands Safeguards Amid Uncertainty Over Education Budget Cuts

Hawaii’s Rising Truancy Problem Leaves Lawmakers Scrambling

Tuesday, March 5

Bills to Develop School Lands Face Major Vote

February 2013

Wednesday, February 27

Gov: Teachers Union Leaders Holding Up New Contract Agreement

Wednesday, February 20

Board of Education Spurs DOE Officials To Fix School Bus Program Faster

Tuesday, February 19

Are Hawaii Schools Doing Enough to Prevent Youth Sports Concussions?

Thursday, February 7

State Audit Spurs Lawmakers To Fix School Bus Program

Wednesday, February 6

Hawaii Ed Department’s Food Service Problems Mirror School Bus Woes

Tuesday, February 5

Hawaii School Board Scrutinizes High Teacher Sick Leave, Turnover Rates

January 2013

Thursday, January 17

What’s Going On With Hawaii Ed Task Force On Teacher Evaluations?

Wednesday, January 16

Teachers Union Wants What UPW Got — Bigger Raises, Better Benefits

Tuesday, January 15

Hawaii Teacher: The Four-Letter Word I Think Of All Day Long

Saturday, January 12

Which Hawaii Schools Are Badly In Need Of An Extreme Makeover?

Thursday, January 10

Funding the Missing Link For Hawaii’s Public Preschool Program

December 2012

Sunday, December 23

Hawaii Teacher: Children Are Left Behind With Elephants In The Room

Saturday, December 22

Can Hawaii Kindergarteners Flunk Their Teachers?

Wednesday, December 12

Hawaii Teacher Evaluation Concerns Keep State, Union From Agreement

Saturday, December 8

FBI Drops Investigation of Hawaii School Bus Company Collusion

Thursday, December 6

Hawaii Lawmakers: How Much Will School Bus Overhaul Cost Us?

Wednesday, December 5

Board Members Want More Answers From Consultant’s Bus Study

November 2012

Thursday, November 29

Hawaii Ethics Commission: Charter School Workers Are State Employees

Saturday, November 24

Hawaii Ethics Commission Sets Sights On Charter School Employee

Tuesday, November 20

Taken For A Ride: Hawaii School Bus Study Pau, But DOE Not Making It Public

Friday, November 16

Hawaii Teachers Can’t Strike, But They Can Do Only The Minimum

Saturday, November 3

Teachers Union Launches Website for New Contract

October 2012

Wednesday, October 24

Board Chair: Schools’ Brick-And-Mortar Projects ‘Woefully’ Underfunded

Thursday, October 18

Taken For A Ride: We Finally Have The Answer, Hawaii Dept of Ed Says

Wednesday, October 17

Board Sends Education Budget to Governor

Tuesday, October 2

It’s Your Money: Hawaii Schools Paying Double for Hot Dogs

September 2012

Wednesday, September 19

Hawaii Education Department Wants Budget Exemptions

Sunday, September 9

School Bullies: Hawaii Gay Kids Face High Risk Of Harassment

August 2012

Friday, August 24

Education Advocates: Poll Shows Support for State-Funded Preschool

Tuesday, August 7

Survey: More High Schoolers Are Ducking Gym Class, Sports Teams

July 2012

Friday, July 27

School Bullies: Hawaii Still Struggling To Help Tormented Kids

Friday, July 20

Aiea Mom: School Bus Cuts Are Putting My Kids’ Lives In Danger

Wednesday, July 4

Hawaii Rescues 29 School Bus Routes From Chopping Block

June 2012

Saturday, June 30

Hawaii Cuts 103 School Bus Routes

School Superintendent Worked to Create Culture of Change

Thursday, June 7

Taken For A Ride: DOE Hoping Consultant Finds Answers to Bus Woes

April 2012

Wednesday, April 18

Hawaii Ed Board Embraces ‘Opportunity’ to Pass Teacher Evaluations

March 2012

Sunday, March 25

Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Pay Per Pupil By School

Friday, March 9

Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Pay Per Pupil By Complex Area

Thursday, March 8

Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Department of Education

Saturday, March 3

Taken for a Ride: State Learns A Lesson About Running School Buses

Friday, March 2

Learning Time in Hawaii: Quality Over Quantity

February 2012

Tuesday, February 28

Bell Schedules Resonate With Hawaii Lawmakers

Tuesday, February 14

Sex Assault Case Raises Questions About DOE’s Protection of Students

Thursday, February 9

Hawaiian Language Students Getting Lost In Translation, Advocates Say

Wednesday, February 8

Ed Board Chair Defends Progress, Says Public Can Give Grade Next Month

Tuesday, February 7

Child Labor Is Wrong, But Apparently Not For Our School Children!

Friday, February 3

Hawaii Lawmakers Skeptical of Education Department Promises

January 2012

Thursday, January 26

Hawaii School System Like an Old House, Superintendent Says

Saturday, January 14

HSTA Contract Details

Thursday, January 5

Taken For a Ride: Senate Education Chair Blasts School Bus Report

December 2011

Friday, December 23

End in Sight for HSTA’s Complaint Against Hawaii?

Thursday, December 22

U.S. Education Secretary: Hawaii Lacks ‘Sense of Urgency’

Feds Scold Hawaii, $75M Education Grant At Stake

Wednesday, December 14

Farrington High School To Modernize Campus

Bond Sale Doesn’t Affect Ed Department’s Capital Improvement Plans

Saturday, December 10

Waialua Teacher Wins $25K National Award

Wednesday, December 7

Taken For a Ride: District Wants Even More Money For Buses Next Year

Sunday, December 4

Education Leaders Redefining Success For Hawaii Students

Hawaii Department of Education Announces Restructuring

November 2011

Friday, November 18

New School Design To Save State Thousands In Utility Bills

Monday, November 14

Changes Ahead For Hawaii Special Ed

Monday, November 7

Taken for a Ride: Calling All Bidders

Thursday, November 3

Taken For A Ride: Why Didn’t Audits Catch Lack of Competition?

More Help For Hawaii’s Novice Teachers

October 2011

Thursday, October 27

Taken for a Ride: Ka-Ching For Contractors Without Competition

Wednesday, October 26

Taken for a Ride: Four Hawaii Runaway School Bus Contracts

Taken for a Ride: Breakdown of Hawaii’s Runaway School Bus Costs

Saturday, October 22

Taken for a Ride: Hawaii’s Runaway School Bus Costs

Friday, October 21

Off the Beat: How to Destroy Faith in the System

Thursday, October 20

Some Hawaii Teachers Ignore Ethics Code

Wednesday, October 12

Hawaii To Seek Waiver From Federal Education Requirements

September 2011

Tuesday, September 27

What Is To Become Of Queen Liliuokalani School

Wednesday, September 21

Off The Beat: Whatever ‘Proficiency-Based Equivalent’ Means

What’s In Hawaii’s New Grad Requirements

Thursday, September 15

Hawaii Ed Department Drops Plan to Cut Social Studies Requirements

Wednesday, September 7

No More Funding Favors For Small, Rural Schools

August 2011

Friday, August 26

Preserve Four Credits of Social Studies

Friday, August 12

Prices Soar When Firms Rebid For School Bus Routes They Already Serve

Tuesday, August 9

What Hawaii Education Laws Are Most Ineffectual?

Monday, August 1

Back To School For Hawaii Students, Not All Leaders

July 2011

Saturday, July 30

Why We Need to Preserve Social Studies in Hawaii

New Student Tracking System For Teachers

Thursday, July 28

PHOTOS — Hawaii Teachers Back At School

Friday, July 8

New Chief In Town For Hawaii Charter Schools

Thursday, July 7

Gov Cayetano Responds to Article On Teachers Strike

Off the Beat: Public Teachers’ Contract A Private Affair?

Saturday, July 2

Gov: Union Negotiators Agreed To HSTA Contract

June 2011

Thursday, June 30

Soetoro-Ng Defends Social Studies From Cuts

Saturday, June 25

‘Last, Best, Final Offer’ For Hawaii Teacher Contracts

Tuesday, June 21

For Hawaii Grads, Social Studies on Chopping Block

Monday, June 20

Feds Visit Hawaii, Check Race To The Top Progress

Tuesday, June 14

For Hawaii’s Students, More Private School Buses

Saturday, June 4

Hawaii Schools Serving Free Meals This Summer

Wednesday, June 1

Hawaii Spending More Per Student

May 2011

Friday, May 27

Civil Beat Shares Students’ Speeches From Hawaii High School Graduations

Queen Liliuokalani School Closes Its Doors

Wednesday, May 11

Moanalua High One of 15 Model Schools Nationwide

Tuesday, May 3

Hawaii Loses Substitute Teacher Class Action Suit, Could Owe $70 Million

April 2011

Wednesday, April 13

Complete List of Teachers Fired or Suspended for Misconduct in Hawaii

Hawaii Fires 10 Teachers for Misconduct in 2 Years

March 2011

Wednesday, March 30

Ed Department Supports Bill That Diminishes Disabled Childrens’ Rights

Wednesday, March 23

Ed Department Looks At Cutting School Buses

Tuesday, March 8

Hawaiian Translation Of State Test Failed Before

February 2011

Friday, February 25

Leaky Roofs And Moldy Classrooms: Not All Sunshine at Hawaii Schools

Thursday, February 17

Broken Maintenance Strategy at Ed Department

Capitol Watch: Feb. 17

Tuesday, February 15

Committee Postpones Vote on School Consolidations

Saturday, February 12

Ed Department = Real Estate Developer?

Wednesday, February 9

Two More Schools Recommended for Closure

Tuesday, February 8

Superintendent Recommends Closing Queen Liliuokalani School

Thursday, February 3

Bill Watch: School Bullying

January 2011

Monday, January 31

Capitol Watch: Jan. 31

Saturday, January 29

Ed Department Raises School Meal Prices Anyway

Friday, January 28

Keeping Students From Falling Through Cracks

Recruiting For Race To The Top

Monday, January 10

A/C In All Hawaii Schools: When Hell Freezes Over

Thursday, January 6

Hawaii Public Schools Ask for $1.8 billion, Plus $29 million ‘Wish List’

Wednesday, January 5

A Sparkling New School Opens as Old Schools Are Eyed for Closure

December 2010

Thursday, December 23

High Performing Schools Should Be Cloned – Not Closed

Tuesday, December 14

School Closure: ‘It Ain’t Just Money’

November 2010

Saturday, November 20

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

Shutting Schools: Changing the Rules to Turn Off the Lights

Shutting Schools: Closing a Few to Keep the Rest Healthy

October 2010

Friday, October 15

Lowest Paid in the Hawaii Department of Education

Highest Paid in the Hawaii Department of Education

Education: Where the Boys Aren’t

Tuesday, October 5

True Education Reform Will Require Going Beyond Changing Ed Board

September 2010

Wednesday, September 29

Civil Beat Shares Department of Education Salaries

Tuesday, September 14

Mystery Surrounding Superintendent Hire

Board Of Ed Hires Matayoshi As New Superintendent

Saturday, September 4

Lt. Gov. Prospects to Talk Education at UH

July 2010

Thursday, July 29

Gov. Candidates On Education Accountability

Wednesday, July 28

Hawaii a Finalist in Race to the Top Round Two

Saturday, July 24

Show Us the Data. Is That Too Much to Ask?

June 2010

Tuesday, June 8

Education In The News — June 8

Monday, June 7

Department of Education Says It Doesn’t Have Contract With Teachers

Thursday, June 3

Budget Cuts Not Affecting Summer School For Kids

May 2010

Friday, May 7

Message to Kids: Don’t do what we do. Or what we say.

Thursday, May 6

Feds: Union Wrong, Teachers Can Work Legally For Free

Monday, May 3

Discussion: Education

Sunday, May 2

Arguments Against Elected Board Of Education Sound Familiar

April 2010

Thursday, April 29

How Hawaii Could Have Avoided Furlough Fridays Embarrassment

Tuesday, April 27

Teachers Can’t Legally Work on Furlough Days, Union Says