The Conversation: Legislature Focused On Budget, Pandemic Relief

Jun 22, 2020

State lawmakers back in session to address budget shortfall; Punahou School's plan to bring students back on campus; Teens who'd never met organized Hawaii's Black Lives Matter protest; Kaiser High No. 1 in the nation in math and reading proficiency

State lawmakers back in session to address budget shortfall

Both the House and the Senate of the Hawaii State Legislature returns, and lawmakers will be focused on COVID-19 relief and addressing the budget shortfall. HPR Reporter Ryan Finnerty tells us what's on the agenda.

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Punahou School's plan to bring students back on campus

The state's largest private school has rolled out its blueprint for learning for the fall. On its staff, the school has a former epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control. Punahou President Mike Latham tells us about getting back on campus.

Teens who'd never met organized Hawaii's Black Lives Matter protest

The rally held on June 6, led by students from Radford High and other local schools, drew nearly 10,000 people, surprising even its organizers. Civil Beat reporter Suevon Lee tells us how the local teens made it happen. Click here to read the story on CivilBeat.org.

Principal Justin Mew speaking at Kaiser High School's class of 2020 virtual graduation. May 22, 2020.
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Kaiser High No. 1 in the nation in math and reading proficiency

A new ranking from US News and World Report has Henry J. Kaiser High School in Hawaii Kai as the number one in its public school rankings for proficiency in math and reading. And it's tied nationally for a top spot. Principal Justin Mew says the rankings show what's possible.