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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 :: 2577 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 :: 2796 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 :: 3101 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 :: 4740 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 :: 3298 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 :: 2929 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 :: 4685 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 :: 4373 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 :: 3414 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 :: 2669 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 :: 2949 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 :: 3664 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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Thursday, January 09, 2014
Abercrombie Touts Nursery School for 640 Kids
By News Release @ 10:51 PM :: 2350 Views :: Education K-12
Children must be four years old by July 31, 2014, which follows the new kindergarten age requirement, beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. The classrooms will be staffed by DOE teachers and educational assistants.
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Thursday, January 09, 2014
Pono Choices not medically accurate, age appropriate, or complete on STD risks
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 8:08 PM :: 6934 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

After weeks of bureaucratic run-around McDermott finally received a copy of the requested materials....

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Thursday, January 09, 2014
Ed Week: Hawaii DoE scores 77.3% Chance for Success
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 2579 Views :: Education K-12

Quality Counts 2014: District Disruption & Revival....

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Thursday, January 09, 2014
Abercrombie Hosts Nursery School Sales Pitch for Legislators
By News Release @ 2:28 AM :: 3478 Views :: Education K-12, Family

Abercrombie’s Executive Office on Early Learning (EOEL) today presented a symposium for the Hawaii State Legislature, the state’s multi-level educational systems and the private sector....

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014
A New Year and New Scholars at Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:35 AM :: 2757 Views :: Education K-12
January is School Choice Month!
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
HSTA Legislative Agenda: Bring Back Pre-Kindergarten
By News Release @ 7:08 PM :: 3748 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Hawaii State Teachers Association urges the Legislature to support and fund the following....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
High Schoolers Dual-Enrolled in College: How Does Hawaii Compare?
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 3370 Views :: Education K-12

States increasingly are turning to dual enrollment as a strategy for improving college readiness and access, according to a 50-state database....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
FULL TEXT: Secret Pono Choices Curriculum Exposed
By Tito Montes @ 11:23 PM :: 19667 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

The main philosophy of Advocates for Youth is that children have “sexual rights”....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
DoE: Hawaii leads nation in growth of National Board Certified teachers
By News Release @ 9:22 PM :: 5097 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii now has a total of 469 NBCTs ....

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Saturday, December 21, 2013
There's Nothing Pono About Pono Choices
By Tito Montes @ 3:03 PM :: 6749 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

...Blake Oshiro, out in front of the news cameras to deny that any “parade of horribles” relating to the activist LGBT agenda would ever be unleashed on the people of Hawaii....

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Friday, December 20, 2013
Hawaii’s education department keeping sex-ed curriculum a secret
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:29 PM :: 4715 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

...McDermott said he should be able to get a copy of the 10-hour curriculum from either the state Department of Education or the University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies, which developed the $800,000 pilot program....

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Thursday, December 19, 2013
Secret Encounters: DoE Refuses to Release Homosexual Education Curriculum to Legislators
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 3:47 AM :: 5442 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

...In the fastest "investigation" in Hawaii history, 2 weeks, the DOE announced the program will restart. The program will also be expanded to 30 more schools....

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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Fire Hazard: Volcano School Threatened with Closure After Abercrombie Refuses to Release Funds
By Selected News Articles @ 10:53 PM :: 3450 Views :: Hawaii County , Education K-12

...the elected State Legislature has twice appropriated $618,000 of State construction and improvement funds specifically directed to the VSAS. The Governor of the State Hawaii, exercising what amounts to line item veto, has arbitrarily, for two years, withheld these funds....

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Saturday, December 14, 2013
Homosexual Education Program Back -- 12 Schools Next Semester
By News Release @ 11:29 AM :: 5067 Views :: Education K-12, Family

A review of Pono Choices confirmed the curriculum is ... aligned with ... state law ....

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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Proficiency and Growth: How is Your School Doing?
By News Release @ 7:55 PM :: 3052 Views :: Education K-12

The interactive website allows users to click among multiple data streams comparing the state's Complex Areas, schools and student groups....

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Monday, December 09, 2013
Hale Kula Elementary to Mark 'Hour of Code' at Schoefield
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 3537 Views :: Education K-12, Military

Hale Kula’s “Hour of Code” event will include the presentation of a $10,000 check by Code.org and a brief session on computer programming with Hale Kula students....

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Saturday, December 07, 2013
Robotic teams to compete at VEX State Championship
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 2668 Views :: Education K-12

Forty middle and high school VEX robotics teams from across the state will compete Dec. 20-21 in the first-ever Hawaii VEX State Championship....

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Saturday, December 07, 2013
Abercrombie Finds $844M, Wants to Spend it on Preschool Vouchers
By News Release @ 12:10 AM :: 3512 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Abercrombie today announced that the State of Hawaii ended fiscal year 2013 with a positive fund balance of $844 million....

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Friday, December 06, 2013
Atheist Ethics vs Santa: Teachers, Students Cannot 'Believe', 'Make a Wish'
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 5115 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, First Amendment

For each letter to Santa that is deposited in the Santa Mail letterbox located at Macy’s stores, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation....

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Brookings: New Evidence Raises Doubts on Abercrombie’s Preschool for All
By Selected News Articles @ 3:34 PM :: 2503 Views :: Education K-12

...supporters of Preschool for All, including some academics who are way out in front of what the evidence says and know it, have turned a blind eye to the mixed and conflicting nature of research findings....

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Oahu bus vendors selected for 2014-15 school year
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 2410 Views :: Education K-12

The contracts are among major reform efforts underway since December 2012 to meet recommendations by the State Office of the Auditor....

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
HCDA, BoE, HHC, LUC: Abercrombie Announces Appointments
By News Release @ 9:01 PM :: 3954 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Hawaii State Government

Grant Y.M. Chun to the Board of Education (BOE); Doreen Napua Gomes to the Hawaiian Homes Commission; Aaron D. Mahi to the Land Use Commission (LUC); and Brian T. Tamamoto to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA), Kakaako District....

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Friday, November 29, 2013
DoE Suspends Homosexual Sex Ed Program
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 3792 Views :: Education K-12, Family

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) will be placing Pono Choices implementation on hold as it conducts another review of the pilot curriculum....

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Thursday, November 28, 2013
Abercrombie’s Pre-K Initiative Driven by National Agenda
By News Release @ 11:55 AM :: 2545 Views :: Education K-12
Education Commission of the States is the only nationwide, nonpartisan interstate compact devoted to education.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
TIME: Universal Pre-K: No Substitute for a Healthy, Stable Childhood
By NCPA @ 12:04 PM :: 3056 Views :: Education K-12, Family

...parents, not formal education, that make the difference for young children's readiness for school and success once they get there....

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Thursday, November 07, 2013
NAEP Test Results Released: Feds Tout Hawaii as RTTT Success Story
By News Release @ 10:05 AM :: 2994 Views :: Education K-12

Hawaii beats national average in 4th grade math, still lags in other areas ....

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Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Study: Hawaii Child Care Among Least Affordable in USA
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 3357 Views :: Education K-12, Family
Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2013 Report reveals that families are paying more for child care, and are paying a significant part of their earnings for this care....
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Thursday, October 31, 2013
NCTQ: Hawaii one of Five States to tie Teacher Compensation, Evaluations
By News Release @ 12:41 AM :: 2488 Views :: Education K-12

This report provides a detailed and up-to-date lay of the land on teacher evaluation policies across the 50 states....

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
DoE Admits Graduation Rates Exaggerated--Disabled Students Revised Down 13%
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 2672 Views :: Education K-12

Students with disabilities:  Originally reported 73.4% graduation rate, revised to 60.1%....

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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Education Committee to Consider Two School Board Nominees
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 3359 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

Amy Asselbaye and Patricia Halagao ....

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Friday, October 25, 2013
WSJ: The Universal Pre-K Fallacy
By NCPA @ 2:51 PM :: 3035 Views :: Education K-12

Universal pre-kindergarten schooling, every progressive's fondest dream, is back in the news....

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Friday, October 25, 2013
13 States with Gay Marriage: How Education Changed
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 PM :: 5495 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

California prohibits any school material or instruction that reflects adversely on homosexuality, bisexuality or transgenderism, while prohibiting parents from removing children from classes....

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
State’s Largest Charter School Responds to Arrest of Former Principal
By News Release @ 11:18 PM :: 3830 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

Due to circumstances that were inherited by the current administration, HTA has been held to quarterly audits for the past 20 months....

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Thursday, October 17, 2013
‘Get on Board’ DoE Adds Bus Routes at Four Schools
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 2687 Views :: Education K-12

August Ahrens Elementary, Highlands Intermediate, Pearl City High and Waipahu High schools....

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Abercrombie admin and DOE have no answers for same-sex education issues
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 3:42 PM :: 4159 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

Horner suggested that the BOE’s curriculum and civil rights compliance offices, with oversight by the Attorney General, would be the appropriate authorities to make these determinations....

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Friday, October 11, 2013
Legislative Committee Briefings Slated on Early Education, Solar Installations
By News Release @ 4:38 PM :: 3275 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

Solar October 14 -- Early Education October 16 ....

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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Hawaii churches ask court to dismiss atheists’ baseless lawsuit
By News Release @ 5:49 PM :: 4619 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion

“These churches have not only faithfully paid all of their rent, they’ve sacrificially given much more in service and funding to the schools and communities they love,” added co-counsel James Hochberg....

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Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Grading character in school
By Rachelle Chang @ 7:36 PM :: 2630 Views :: Education K-12

Today, Hawaii public elementary schools have a three-part report card that evaluates attendance, six general learner outcomes (GLOs), and academic proficiency, with a section for teacher comments. Only one of the GLOs is based on character....

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