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Group recognized for making charter school a reality
Sep 14, 5:45 AM: It represents a long journey that the founders of the South Maui Learning Ohana took as they envisioned a school that would represent the beginning of the charter school movement in Hawaii. The Innovation Building of the >
Hawaii DOE’s Distance Learning Tool ‘Very, Very Questionable’
Sep 1, 6:57 AM: A distance learning program used by tens of thousands of Hawaii public school students for instruction this year received poor reviews from the state’s education curriculum specialists before the program was rubber-stamped >
Hundreds of charter school students learned they were no longer enrolled on the first day of school
Aug 19, 5:50 AM: Yvonne Lau, Interim Executive Director with the Charter School Commission, said Ka Waihona school officials “Called us late last week, asking questions: ‘Hey, we’ve got almost 900 kids (enrolled).’ I was like, ‘What? Wait, >
Teachers union pushes back against state’s school reopening plan
Jul 22, 7:49 AM: The HSTA is asking the state Board of Education and the state to delay the opening of schools because they need more time to create a healthy environment for students and teachers, he said.
Hawaii’s Charter Schools Are Listening To Parents When It Comes To Reopening
Jul 14, 6:58 AM: The state’s 37 charter schools are relying heavily on parent feedback for reopening in the fall but are also worried about funding if the state cuts back its budget.
Hawaii public schools offer online and in-person options for summer
May 20, 7:45 AM: For other public school students, the summer offerings will be online. So far, 18 Department of Education schools — mostly middle and high schools — have committed to holding summer sessions via distance learning, but >
Unions plead with governor to reconsider proposed pay cuts of up to 20% for state workers
Apr 16, 8:12 AM: Union leaders and state lawmakers urged the governor Wednesday to reconsider proposed pay cuts of up to 20% for state employees, saying that slashing salaries so drastically at a time when many families are already >
Editorial: Rise to challenge of distance learning
Mar 30, 7:09 AM: Still, a lot of what happens now through April 30 — perhaps even the rest of the school year — is within control of the DOE, schools and teachers. They must make the most of distance learning and creative lessons to >
Charter Commission Director Steps Down For New DOE Role
Feb 20, 8:36 AM: Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission Executive Director Sione Thompson plans to step down from his role effective Thursday if confirmed by the state Board of Education to be the next complex area superintendent >
Report shows mixed results for Big Island school performance
Oct 7, 7:26 AM: While some Hawaii Island schools are making strides and improving in proficiency, others continue to struggle, according to 2018-19 Strive HI Performance System results released last week by the state Department of >
Charter schools show growth in number of students
Sep 16, 7:02 AM: The number of students in Hawaii’s charter schools rose again this year while overall public school enrollment dipped slightl.
The Challenges Of Finding Hawaii’s Next Generation Of Teachers
May 31, 6:59 AM: As the number of new teachers coming out of local colleges decline, the state Department of Education hopes “teacher academies” and other strategies will ignite new interest in the profession.
Graduation season shows gaps in high-school completion, career and college paths
May 9, 7:07 AM: Always Investigating looked at the public school graduation and college-enrollment rates to find out what's next for public school seniors. What we've found renews a call for attention to alternative paths for learning. >
More Fiscal Transparency Appears On The Way For Charter Schools
May 2, 7:03 AM: A bill requiring charter schools to turn over financial records upon request from the state charter school commission cleared both chambers of the Legislature, signaling potential changes to the way financial information >
Charter Schools Have By Far The Highest Rates Of Unvaccinated Kids
Apr 22, 6:27 AM: It’s a ranking of Hawaii’s 36 charter schools, showing the percentage of students whose parents have obtained exemptions — almost all of them based on religious beliefs — allowing their kids to not be vaccinated against >
More Hawaii high schoolers graduating, but college-going rate doesn’t budge
Apr 4, 5:56 AM: The on-time graduation rate for Hawaii public high school students ticked up last year, but the percentage of graduates who went on to college immediately remained stubbornly at 55% ― about the same level it’s been since >
Nanakuli charter school once hailed as educational leader in upheaval amid financial woes
Nov 12, 7:09 AM: For years, Ka Waihona o ka Na’auao in Nanakuli has been dedicated to academic excellence and Hawaiian culture for its 600 students. Its head of school, Alvin Parker, has been hailed as a visionary. But earlier this month, >
Hawaii Supreme Court to take up constitutional amendment battle as election nears
Oct 5, 6:51 AM: The Hawaii Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on October 18th on whether to allow voters to decide if the state can collect property taxes on investment property to raise money for education.
‘Chaos At Kamalani’: Why It’s So Hard To Run A Charter School
Sep 27, 6:26 AM: An innovative new charter school continues to struggle with parent communication and teacher turnover in its second year.
Federal Money Is Running Out For Charter Schools’ Pre-K Programs
Sep 12, 6:29 AM: The charter school’s pre-K program, which has since been discontinued over a building permit issue, was possible under a federal preschool development grant intended for eligible 4-year-olds in Hawaii’s public charter >



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