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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 :: 4161 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 :: 2580 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 :: 2851 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 :: 2784 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 :: 3717 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 :: 2990 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 :: 3767 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 :: 3936 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 :: 2762 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 :: 3598 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 :: 3637 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 :: 3796 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 :: 2465 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 :: 2230 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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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Race to the Top: Feds say Hawaii has Made Huge Progress
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 2236 Views :: Education K-12

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is receiving high praise from the U.S. Department of Education....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Abercrombie Administration Orchestrates Pre-K Rally
By News Release @ 4:38 AM :: 3626 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

...Executive Office on Early Learning Director GG Weisenfeld was joined by state legislators, preschoolers, community groups and business representatives....

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Friday, March 14, 2014
New DoE Training Course: Teach Transsexualism to 2nd Graders
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 3:22 PM :: 4587 Views :: Education K-12

... McDermott says the payment of "stipends" to Hawaii teachers, for delivering SPLC's version of "Tolerance Training" breaks the law ....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Feds Give Hawaii DoE $1.7M for 'Persistently Low Achieving Schools'
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 2223 Views :: Education K-12

...to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Principal: “Pono Choices will not return to Molokai Middle School”
By Selected News Articles @ 9:23 PM :: 4391 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

More than 120 Makua (parents), kapuna (grandparents) and aunties and uncles on the rural island of Molokai joined together at the Kalanianaole Hall to hear the truth about Pono Choices....

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Tell Us Your Common Core Stories
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:21 PM :: 1762 Views :: Education K-12

The Obama Administration has incentivized states to accept national education standards—called Common Core—with billions in federal grants and waivers from the onerous provisions of No Child Left Behind....

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Friday, March 07, 2014
Lawmaker says advocacy group pays Hawaii teachers to attend ‘tolerance’ training
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:43 PM :: 3229 Views :: Education K-12

...Southern Poverty Law Center will pay teachers $250 to attend the training....

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Friday, March 07, 2014
Hawaii’s schools aren’t the best, so what’s with pay raises, shorter class schedules?
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:34 AM :: 2396 Views :: Education K-12

Apparently, many state lawmakers aren’t interested in the numbers. They say teachers and students should spend even less time in the classroom, and the superintendent should make more money....

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
In Face of Lawsuit, DOE Pushes Ahead with Overpriced Chevron Solar Deal
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 3341 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

This morning, the DOE announced it has selected Chevron Energy Solutions to help lead implementation of the five-year sustainable energy program, to be called Ka Hei....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
House Bill 14: Mandatory Kindergarten, Lowering Compulsory School Attendance Age to 5
By News Release @ 8:36 PM :: 2353 Views :: Education K-12

Many education experts have concluded that beginning a child's formal education too early may actually result in burnout and poor scholastic performance later....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
More questionable social engineering comes to Hawaii’s public schools
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 8:25 PM :: 4115 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

...like Pono Choices, there is a disproportionate focus on normalizing homosexuality....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Brookings: Do Teacher Professional Development Programs Work?
By NCPA @ 2:49 PM :: 1929 Views :: Education K-12

Professional development programs in the field of education have very little scientific support....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Hawaii Charter School Law: Measuring up to the Model?
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 2597 Views :: Education K-12

Hawaii's ranking went from #14 to #21. This drop had more to do with the aggressive changes made in other states than with any steps backward in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Abercrombie Releases $62.4M in DoE CIP
By News Release @ 4:20 PM :: 2211 Views :: Education K-12

...Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $62.4 million for capital improvement projects (CIP) that will improve various Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) facilities....

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Friday, February 21, 2014
No Surprise: DoE Includes Tranny on Pono Choices Review Panel
By News Release @ 8:26 PM :: 4733 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment
The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) yesterday convened a working group to review Pono Choices....
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
BoE Reaffirms Commitment to Hawaiian Language and Culture
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 2234 Views :: Education K-12

The Board spent nearly one year working with stakeholders to craft policy revisions....

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Sunday, February 16, 2014
Quid pro Quo? HSTA Endorses Ige for Governor
By News Release @ 8:26 PM :: 4375 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Flashback: Senate Ways and Means Chairman David Ige rained rhetorical bombs on the Department of Education for what he called a "Cadillac" system to evaluate teacher performance....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Statewide Meetings: Parents Protecting Their Children from Pono Choices
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 3961 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

Same sex marriage opens a Pandora Box of activist pressure on our schools....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Atheist Scores $200K from New Hope Lawsuit Settlement
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 5250 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion
The settlement occurred with churches not represented by Alliance Defending Freedom....
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Wednesday, February 05, 2014
"You Brainwashed Me": Victim Confronts Alleged Homosexual Child Molester
By Video @ 1:38 AM :: 3965 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Law Enforcement

I am 28 years old and have been waiting years to get up enough courage to report a teacher for sexually abusing me for years....

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Monday, February 03, 2014
DOE reports on school year and instructional time
By News Release @ 8:30 PM :: 2432 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

Any change, as the bill proposes, would require a change to the current collective bargaining agreement with the HSTA, which runs through 2017....

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Monday, February 03, 2014
HI lawmaker renews fight to end or revise controversial sex ed program
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:16 PM :: 4049 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment, Health Care

...McDermott, who enrolled his eight children in Hawaii’s public schools, doesn’t want his 11-year-old son exposed to a controversial taxpayer-funded sex education program....

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Saturday, February 01, 2014
Feb 4-5: Pono Choices or Poor Choices?
By Hawaii Family Advocates @ 9:11 PM :: 4696 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment, Health Care

Board of Education (BOE) Hearing Tuesday, Feb 4th, 2014, 1:30 PM....

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Roosevelt HS Shooting: Failure of Mental Health Care System
By News Release @ 12:41 PM :: 6598 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Justice Reinvestment

...the suspect's mother describes the revolving door of mental health facilities and half-way houses through which her son has passed in the last year....

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
KIDS COUNT report reveals growing gap in reading proficiency of students
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 2107 Views :: Education K-12

...the state has seen an overall improvement in proficiency levels with 79% of fourth graders reading below proficiency in 2003 compared to 70% in 2013....

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Monday, January 27, 2014
Is Your Child in the Right School?
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:42 AM :: 2198 Views :: Education K-12

...Lisa Stevens wasn’t satisfied with her child’s school. Then she heard about charter schools and discovered she could get a group of people together and start one....

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
School Choice Week in Hawaii to Feature 30 Events
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 2750 Views :: Education K-12

Students, parents, teachers and community leaders across Hawaii will rally this week in support of school choice at 30 “School Choice Week” events across the Aloha State....

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
Legislators Silencing Professional Counselors Free Speech?
By Hawaii Family Advocates @ 4:08 AM :: 3912 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment
This bill prohibits teachers and persons who are licensed to provide professional counseling from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with a person under eighteen years of age.
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Friday, January 24, 2014
SB2922: Lengthen School Year to 190 Days, Eliminate Minimum Hours of Instruction
By News Release @ 7:07 PM :: 2755 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The bill also discontinues the requirements for the minimum number of student instructional hours effective at the end of the 2014-2015 school year....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Michael Medved, Lynn Finnegan Kick off Hawaii Celebration of National School Choice Week
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:27 AM :: 2453 Views :: Education K-12

The event, called "Better Choices - Better Schools," was intended to raise awareness about how expanding educational choice can help America prosper....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Pono Choices Coming to Every Middle School Next Semester
By Selected News Articles @ 8:18 PM :: 3833 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

Pono Choices offers little to no information on sexual harassment, Sexually Transmitted Infections, their symptoms and consequences or single parenthood....

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Sunday, January 19, 2014
Home School Legal Defense Association Legislative Watch List
By News Release @ 2:07 PM :: 3370 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

HSLDA advocates in state legislatures, at the invitation of state homeschool organizations....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
Ethics: State Supervisor Got $10,000 Riding Mover from Vendor
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 3013 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...Charge against John Doe, a maintenance supervisor employed by the Department of Education....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
Full Text: Hawaii DoE Budget Proposal
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 2157 Views :: Education K-12

Learn more about the DOE's budget, including budget breakdown and cycle, supplemental requests, per-pupil funding and more....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Michael Medved, Lynn Finnegan Launch School Choice Week in Honolulu
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 2559 Views :: Education K-12

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii will kick off National School Choice Week in the state with nationally renowned speaker Michael S. Medved on January 21....

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Friday, January 10, 2014
Hauula Teacher Wins Back Pay After Pot-Fueled Firing
By Selected News Articles @ 12:07 PM :: 3126 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Kathleen Morita was teaching at Hauula Elementary School in September 2007 when a custodian reported the smell of marijuana coming from her classroom. He also reported what he thought was a bottle of wine in a paper bag....

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