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Monday, September 22, 2014
Class Action Suit Seeks Treatment for Autistic Children in Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 3222 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...accusing the State of Hawai`i Department of Human Services of denying critically needed treatment for autistic children....

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Friday, September 19, 2014
Aiona Only Candidate to Release Policy Initiatives
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 4364 Views :: Education K-12, Homelessness, Politicians, Republican Party

...a detailed plan with practical solutions for our state’s toughest issues: Homelessness, Affordable Housing, and Education....

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Thursday, September 18, 2014
Public school students earning AP honors at all-time high
By News Release @ 4:04 PM :: 3365 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

Hawaii's AP test-taking rate and passing rate has significantly increased in recent years. The number of students receiving AP honors has steadily risen since 2012, when 385 students were named scholars.....

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
McDermott Responds to “Revised” Pono Choices Program
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 3:51 AM :: 2977 Views :: Education K-12, Family

Rep Bob McDermott responds to 'revised' Pono Choices program....

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Strive HI appeals lead to slight changes in school, state results
By News Release @ 11:56 PM :: 2627 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...statewide reading and science proficiency rates improve slightly over previously reported figures, after adjustments were made to 12 schools' data....

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Thursday, September 11, 2014
Autism Scholarship Program Provides Tailored Education
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 2242 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

...Students can begin receiving an Autism Scholarship as early as age 3....

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Monday, September 08, 2014
Islamic Gulen Cult Pours Money into Takai Campaign
By Andrew Walden @ 12:16 AM :: 7835 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Military, Politicians

Cult members laboring for the Imam under "Tuzuk contracts" are obligated to kick back all of their salaries beyond a bare minimum needed to survive....

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Friday, September 05, 2014
Controversial sex education program reinstated in Hawaii public schools
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:48 PM :: 3901 Views :: Education K-12, Family

...the program for middle school students will include some key revisions....

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Thursday, September 04, 2014
DoE: Pono Choices is Back for 2014-15 School Year
By News Release @ 7:12 PM :: 3172 Views :: Education K-12, Family

The updated Pono Choices curriculum is one of seven sexual health education programs available to DOE middle schools. Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, all parents must sign an opt-in form permitting their children to participate....

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Teachers in Honolulu Lowest Adjusted Salary in USA
By News Release @ 4:14 AM :: 3892 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The median adjusted salaries in the 60 metro areas range from $32,312 in Honolulu, Hawaii to $73,078 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin....

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Monday, August 25, 2014
Chronic Absenteeism in Hawaii's public schools plummets 39 percent
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 3710 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

The percentage of students absent 15 days or more in the 2013-14 school year dropped to 11 percent from 18 percent a year ago....

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Friday, August 22, 2014
Duncan Announces One Year Delay in Teacher Evaluations
By News Release @ 3:55 AM :: 2655 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...I believe testing issues today are sucking the oxygen out of the room....

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
ACT Score Report: Hawaii Students Least Ready for College
By Selected News Articles @ 6:42 PM :: 4179 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii ranked lowest, with an average composite score of 18.2....

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Accountability: DoE Identifies Almost All Teachers as Effective
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 2822 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...0.2 percent of teachers were rated unsatisfactory, which means teachers do not show evidence of effective teacher practice, positive student outcomes....

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Monday, August 18, 2014
OHA Awards $1.5M to Charter Schools
By News Release @ 2:58 PM :: 2645 Views :: Education K-12, OHA

...The OHA grant is expected over the next year to help the 17 Hawaiian-focused charter schools, which make up the Nā Lei Na'auao...

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Friday, August 15, 2014
Report: 14% of Hawaii HS Grads Leave State Within 12 Months
By Selected News Articles @ 2:40 PM :: 3314 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...four members of the Western collaborative -- Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington -- agreed to share educational and workforce data....

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Friday, August 15, 2014
Non-Teachers Make Up Half of Public School Workforce
By NCPA @ 10:28 AM :: 2346 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...25 percent of education expenditures going to non-teacher salaries and benefits....

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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Pono Choices May Violate State, Federal Laws
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 3:57 AM :: 3471 Views :: Education K-12, Family

...the DOE's implementation of Pono Choices violated several safeguards contained in the Federal Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)....

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014
DoE Announces School Closures on Hawaii Island, Maui County
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 2152 Views :: Education K-12

On Thursday, Aug. 7, all public schools in Hawaii and Maui Counties (Maui, Molokai, Lanai) will be closed....

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Monday, August 04, 2014
Hawaii Charter Schools Produce 7% More Student Achievement Per Dollar Spent
By Selected News Articles @ 5:42 PM :: 1981 Views :: Education K-12

While gains were small in places like Hawaii (7 percent), D.C. saw advantages of more than 100 percent....

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Monday, August 04, 2014
WaPo: Union freakouts are hurting the hunt for good teachers
By NCPA @ 1:58 PM :: 2700 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... the debate over evaluations has been full of false information ....

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Monday, August 04, 2014
2014: States with the Best & Worst School Systems
By News Release @ 1:50 PM :: 3078 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics
Hawaii ranks 25th in “Education Output and Safety” and 36th in “School System Quality”
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Sunday, August 03, 2014
Without Abercrombie, Education Reform a Political Orphan
By Andrew Walden @ 9:31 PM :: 4231 Views :: Education K-12, Politicians

...With Abercrombie out of the picture, education reform advocates can reinterpret the rules for vouchers to open the door to church preschools....

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Saturday, August 02, 2014
School Choice Event Shows New Way Forward for Hawaii Education Reform
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:28 AM :: 2156 Views :: Education K-12

Grassroot Institute's Friedman Dinner emphasizes bipartisanship, cooperation in improving schools....

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
School Choice: Strive to Reach the Summit
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:32 PM :: 1975 Views :: Education K-12
  • Thursday, July 31 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM 
  • Japanese Cultural Centeri Manoa Ballroom
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Ige Renews Oath of Fealty to HSTA
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 3610 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Politicians

As your Governor, I will work with the Board to immediately place a hold on the components of the Educator Effectiveness System....

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Educator, public input sought on new student assessments
By News Release @ 6:23 PM :: 2101 Views :: Education K-12

Interested participants must register online by Sept. 19 to provide input on the new Hawaii Common Core-aligned assessments....

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Thursday, July 17, 2014
DoE: Access Learning Program enhances teaching, learning
By News Release @ 12:37 AM :: 2150 Views :: Education K-12

...the initiative is helping to reduce burden on teachers, increase student engagement and responsibility, and improve parents’ support of public schools....

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Thursday, July 17, 2014
DoE guidelines for free and reduced-price meals released
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 2139 Views :: Education K-12

The guidelines allow families to determine whether they are eligible to apply for free and reduced-price meal benefits for their children....

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Monday, June 30, 2014
New age requirements push 6000 out of kindergarten
By News Release @ 10:56 PM :: 4028 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

This year, the state says project enrollment is about 10,500. Last year, enrollment was about 16,600....

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
USDoE: Federal Funds at Risk as Hawaii Special Ed Programs Fall Short
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 2792 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

IDEA mandates that the Department must take specific actions, which can include requiring the state to prepare a corrective action plan, enter into a compliance agreement or, ultimately, withholding a portion of the state’s funding....

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Monday, June 23, 2014
Hawaii Teachers 3rd-Best Paid in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 6:35 PM :: 4222 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The top districts for paying teachers with a bachelor’s degree and five years of experience are Chicago ($62,046), New York ($52,278), Hawaii ($50,728)....

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Monday, June 23, 2014
How Badly Will Your School Do? Hawaii principals predict substantial drop in reading and math scores
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:55 PM :: 2836 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...principals’ predictions are dismal partially because tests for the newly implemented Common Core curriculum will be more rigorous....

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Thursday, June 19, 2014
Controversial school superintendent gets $50,000 pay hike
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:31 PM :: 2368 Views :: Education K-12

Eighty-eight percent of Hawaii’s public school principals reported in a recent survey they are “extremely dissatisfied” with Matayoshi’s leadership....

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
California Diminishes Union Power in Schools
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:34 AM :: 2508 Views :: Education K-12, Labor
...Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu struck down five California laws that govern the hiring and firing of teachers....
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Health Survey: 11.8% of DoE Students Treated After Attempting Suicide
By News Release @ 4:31 AM :: 3865 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Life

Statewide, 16.9% of public HS students had seriously considered attempting suicide during the 12 months before the survey....

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
Teacher Tenure: Unconstitutional?
By NCPA @ 2:29 PM :: 2569 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

A California state judge ruled on Tuesday that granting a teacher tenure after less than two years in a teaching position is unconstitutional....

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
Pono Choices Authors Scheme for Upcoming School Year
By News Release @ 5:46 AM :: 2873 Views :: Education K-12, Family

...We will make necessary adjustments that continue to align with the most up-to-date research and practices regarding medical accuracy and age appropriateness to ensure the use of Pono Choices for the upcoming school year....

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
"Pono Choices" proves liberals don't even know their own behinds
By News Release @ 5:31 AM :: 3055 Views :: Education K-12, Family

...one-third of families did opt out at Niu Valley Middle School....

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Thursday, June 12, 2014
DoE Eases Teacher Evaluation Requirements
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 2912 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The changes reflect the DOE’s commitment to reduce burden on teachers and administrators....

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Thursday, June 12, 2014
DoE Forms Principals Roundtable with HGEA
By News Release @ 6:26 PM :: 3081 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

After a recruitment and selection process of nearly two months, the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is announcing a new Deputy Superintendent’s Principal Roundtable....

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Slom: Abercrombie Should Cut $46M from CIP not DoE
By News Release @ 8:34 PM :: 4084 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government
...House Finance chair blames mistake on governor's last-minute Turtle Bay deal....
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Friday, June 06, 2014
Full Text: DoE Report Takes Pono Choices ‘Off the Shelf’
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 4250 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

"I see that several of the points that we made in our January 31st McDermott Report are being addressed," said McDermott....

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Hawaii public school principals demand leadership change
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:27 PM :: 3293 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Some school principals are asking the State Board of Education to remove Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and her deputy, Ronn Nozoe....

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Court Guts Atheist Lawsuit Against Oahu Churches
By News Release @ 6:27 PM :: 6254 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion

A Hawaii court decided Tuesday to dismiss most of a renewed lawsuit against two Oahu churches....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Prekindergarten classrooms available at 18 public schools this fall
By News Release @ 11:06 PM :: 2313 Views :: Education K-12

The program is intended to serve 420 children who qualify based on income....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Lingle: Public Being Misled About 'Common Core'
By Selected News Articles @ 11:36 AM :: 3020 Views :: Education K-12

...Parents are right to complain about curricula or tests they don’t like, Lingle said. “But that’s not what the Common Core is.”....

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Report: Hawaii State of Preschool 2013
By News Release @ 5:11 AM :: 3319 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...data on state-funded prekindergarten during the 2012-2013 school year....

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
Video: Grassroot and Buckeye on School Choice
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:48 AM :: 2124 Views :: Education K-12

...Grassroot President Keli’i Akina speaks with Robert Alt, President of the Buckeye Institute....

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Thursday, May 08, 2014
DoE: Hawaii public school students continue to increase readiness for college and careers
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 2811 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education

The report indicates improvements by public school students at every step of the college-readiness pipeline....

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