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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Pono Choices May Violate State, Federal Laws
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 3:57 AM :: 3898 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 :: 2388 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 :: 2196 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 :: 3033 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 :: 3380 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 :: 4575 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 :: 2367 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 :: 2232 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 :: 4144 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 :: 2321 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 :: 2371 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 :: 2393 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 :: 4368 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 :: 3183 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 :: 4719 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 :: 3158 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 :: 2583 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 :: 2882 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 :: 4443 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 :: 2981 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 :: 3268 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 :: 3368 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 :: 3271 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 :: 3452 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 :: 4558 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 :: 4698 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 :: 3614 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 :: 6866 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 :: 2552 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 :: 3300 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 :: 3746 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 :: 2371 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 :: 3171 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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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
McDermott helps land $2.3 million for Campbell High Air Conditioning
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 2802 Views :: Education K-12

...the budget specifically appropriates $300,000 of general obligation bond funds toward design ... another $2 million is appropriated for the actual construction of an air conditioning system....

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Evaluations? DoE Claims Principals' Arbitration Award "Aligns with DoE Goals"
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 3654 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Establishes a rewards and recognition program (RRP) for the last two years (sort of)....

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
DoE 2014 Graduation Dates
By News Release @ 7:16 PM :: 2723 Views :: Education K-12

Graduation dates begin in May 18 with the ceremonies for Pahoa on Hawaii Island....

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Saturday, April 19, 2014
Gallup: Hawaii Public Schools Still Rank Among Worst in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:46 PM :: 4511 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...residents in Hawaii took a dim view of their own schools, with only 46% ranking them as excellent or good....

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Friday, April 11, 2014
Private Schools with Public Purpose
By News Release @ 2:04 PM :: 2841 Views :: Education K-12

Participation in a robust summer learning program substantially reduces the achievement gap....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Auditor Updates Progress on Public Housing, Charter Schools
By News Release @ 3:22 AM :: 3233 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

The 2008 Legislature amended the Auditor’s governing statute to require follow-up reporting on recommendations made in various audit reports....

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Monday, April 07, 2014
Survey: 4,280 Hawaii Teachers Reveal Attitude towards Evaluation System
By News Release @ 10:45 PM :: 3176 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"...the EES is a work in progress, and teachers feel that more needs to be done so that the EES can help improve the practice of teaching...." -- Wil Okabe, HSTA

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Monday, April 07, 2014
Alliance Defending Freedom asks court to dismiss renewed attack on Hawaii churches
By News Release @ 4:42 PM :: 4261 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion

...atheists are once again falsely accusing the two churches, One Love Ministries and Calvary Chapel Central Oahu, of defrauding the government even though the court dismissed their claims earlier this year....

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Sunday, April 06, 2014
HSTA Candidate Questionnaire Challenges Teacher Evaluations
By Andrew Walden @ 6:57 PM :: 3411 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"Let's hope the legislative carping isn't a sign that teachers are trying to worm out of evaluations they agreed to in order to get pay raises, just as they once before reneged on drug tests...."

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014
ACLU Sues, Claims Pre-K Program Not Secular Enough
By Selected News Articles @ 4:33 PM :: 4330 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion
"It is not enough to allow students or their families to 'opt out' of portions of the program which are religious in nature," the ACLU says....
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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Hawaii Educational Results Broken Down by Ethnic Background
By News Release @ 2:28 PM :: 4361 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

In this policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation explores the intersection of kids, race and opportunity....

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Arne Duncan: Hawaii DoE Can be Model for Nation
By News Release @ 12:38 PM :: 3030 Views :: Education K-12

Hawaii’s public schools can be a model for the nation, according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan...

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Hawaii Legislative Watch: Education
By Rachelle Chang @ 3:58 AM :: 4084 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...highlighting education proposals, spending, and reforms....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Pono Choices Task Force Stacked with ’Progressives’
By News Release @ 12:58 PM :: 4231 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

Working in secret and overflowing with liberals....

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Pono Choices Working Group Operates in Secrecy, Members forced to Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 8:24 PM :: 4309 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

Since his call for transparency, McDermott says the secrecy has gotten worse....

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Friday, March 21, 2014
Hawaii lawmaker challenges Alabama group’s ‘Teaching Tolerance’
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:17 AM :: 2729 Views :: Education K-12

...Rep. Bob McDermott has asked the Alabama State Bar Disciplinary Commission to investigate the Southern Poverty Law Center’s top administrators....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
New Reading and Math Tests to Get 'Test Run'
By News Release @ 9:24 PM :: 2509 Views :: Education K-12

Students in grades 3-8 and 11 at 91 schools statewide will participate in the field test of the new Smarter Balanced assessments....

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