- ‘Every day is a risk’: Teachers union files grievances against DOE over COVID concerns
- Sep 8, 3:20 PM: Amid an ongoing COVID surge in the islands, the Hawaii State Teacher Association is calling on the DOE to provide more resources, flexibility and a chance to be heard.
- Editorial: School enrollment drop worrisome
- > Sep 7, 3:42 PM: No sector of Hawaii life remains immune to the ravages of COVID-19 — not hospitals, not hotels, not dining nor retail businesses. And certainly not the schools, which continue their struggles to recover in-person learning
- Teachers Union: First Weeks of School ‘Incredibly Alarming as COVID-19 Case Counts Skyrocket’
- > Aug 20, 3:32 PM: While thousands of students returned to in-person learning this month, the Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association says the first weeks of school have been “incredibly alarming as COVID-19 case counts skyrocket to record
- Statewide Distance Learning Delays Leave Many Children In Limbo
- Aug 19, 4:49 PM: Many parents who refuse to send their children back to the classroom are still waiting to secure a spot, two weeks into the new school year.
- Seven charter schools shift to distance learning after cases reported on campus
- Aug 18, 1:04 PM: The goal this school year was always full in-person learning, but the recent spike in COVID cases is forcing many to reevaluate things.
- Commentary: During The Pandemic, School Vouchers Make Sense
- > Jul 26, 11:21 AM: Some locals welcome students returning to public school in Hawaii as a relief, as it gives parents flexibility to work. But with COVID-19 cases steadily increasing, other parents are concerned about the safety of their
- Elevated lead levels found in 93 Hawaii public school water fixtures
- > Jul 23, 4:09 PM: Elevated concentrations of lead were found in about 4% of the water samples collected from faucets and drinking fountains at selected Hawaii public schools and child care centers over the last several months.
- Hawaii Schools Will Offer Distance Learning Options But With Limited Resources
- Jul 22, 10:44 AM: The state education department said it would also partner with complex areas that don’t have the resources to offer virtual programs at this time.
- Teachers and parents still ‘totally in the dark’ with school set to begin in two weeks
- > Jul 21, 3:24 PM: Starting Aug. 3, over 170,000 students will go back to school, but what that will look like is unclear. The Department of Education and Department of Health said plans are in the works but they’re vague on the details.
- Despite The Pandemic, A Molokaʻi Charter School Improves Curriculum
- > Jul 20, 2:33 PM: Sherwood says they wanted a program that gave students more hands-on learning opportunities, while also giving teachers the time to observe student performance and plan lessons to help students and the class grow.
- Hawaii School Board Says Families Should Have Distance Learning Option In The Fall
- > Jul 16, 11:26 AM: The Hawaii Board of Education on Thursday directed state education officials to formulate a distance learning plan before the new school year, giving them two weeks to figure out how to address the needs of families who
- Teacher bonuses, classroom ACs may not be best use of federal coronavirus relief funds for Hawaii, officials say
At the tail end of the 2021 legislative session, with no public input, lawmakers decided to use nearly $30 million in coronavirus relief money to give every full- and part-time public school teacher a $2,200 bonus.>
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- Pandemic depresses college-going rates, especially for Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders
- > Mar 24, 7:37 AM: The class of 2020 at Hawaii’s public high schools managed to graduate at a record rate after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic last spring, but far fewer of those graduates enrolled in college, new data shows.
- Did Unions’ Lack of Support Spell Trouble for School Superintendent?
- > Mar 23, 7:08 AM: In April 2018, Hawaii’s schools superintendent Christina Kishimoto joined the teachers’ union at the State Capitol to witness a key Senate vote that secured passage of a constitutional amendment proposing a new tax to fund
- How One Private School Is Trying To Help Public Schools Catch Up
- > Mar 15, 6:57 AM: Some public school parents are seizing an opportunity to register their kids in a tuition-free virtual summer school at a private school eager to help students who are struggling because of the now year-old pandemic.
- Trouble In Paradise: Most Hawaii Public Schools Are Still Remote (CER in the news)
- Dec 21, 9:38 AM: Hawaii is tragically mishandling public education during the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s time to get our priorities in order.
- Many students choose in-person classes at Hawaii’s Catholic schools
- Dec 14, 7:46 AM: Hawaii’s Catholic schools were among the first to open their doors to students for in-person classes in August, and the verdict as the semester draws to a close is “so far, so good.
- Editorial: Distance learning not looking good
- > Dec 3, 7:36 AM: In October, shortly after Hawaii’s public schools started their 2020-21 second quarter, the state released data showing that only 10% of K-12 students were receiving in-person instruction daily, with younger students
- Charter school commission criticized for ‘erroneous’ rejections of new applicants
- Nov 12, 7:18 AM: At a time when demand for charter schools are on the rise, the agency that regulates charter schools has come under harsh criticism for denying applications from new schools.
- Failing marks can now fast-track some kids to in-person instruction so they don’t suffer trying to learn from home.
- > Nov 2, 8:43 AM: An F isn’t just a black mark on the report card this year. It’s a gateway to in-person learning, at least in the case of some public schools in Hawaii. Kids with failing grades are being identified as the first to return
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