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During this special fund drive edition, we have Brook Conner CIO at the Dept of Education, here to tell us about blend learning, tech in education and lessons learned during the pandemic.

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Virtual learning and the overall disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic have caused a decline in college enrollment from Hawaii's public school students.

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A new report from the University of Hawaiʻi finds there is discriminatory policing at Oʻahu schools. And the department of education fails to accurately report the policing to the federal government.

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HONOLULU — State legislators have deferred a resolution to rename President William McKinley High School and remove his statue.

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Measures to rename Hawaii's oldest public high school from McKinley to Honolulu High School have been introduced at the Hawaii State Legislature.

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HONOLULU  — Hawaii public schools will bring more students back to campus in the coming weeks under COVID-19 prevention guidelines agreed to by administrators, union leaders and health officials.

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State superintendent Christina Kishimoto is not seeking to renew her contract to lead the Department of Education for another three years. Kishimoto notified the Board of Education and Governor David Ige of her decision on Tuesday.


The state of Hawaii Department of Education has been debating how to use federal stimulus funds as it faces steeps budgets cuts. A bill at the state legislature would use the money to pay teachers to avoid furloughs and layoffs, and it has the support of the Hawaii State Teachers Association. 

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Hawaii ranked second-to-last in providing school breakfasts to low-income students, but the tide may have shifted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The state is considering a measure that would create a state lottery system to fund public education. But some think it may hurt low income families.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Tuesday that coronavirus relief aid from the U.S. government and better-than-expected tax revenues have prompted him to reduce the size of budget cuts he has proposed for public schools.

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HONOLULU — Educators and child care workers across Hawaii have become eligible and started receiving coronavirus vaccinations.

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The state department of education is facing steep cuts to make up for the state’s massive budget shortfall due to COVID-19. However, new federal dollars and a more optimistic revenue outlook, means the cuts will be smaller than expected.

The number of middle and elementary school students who are more than two grade levels behind in math and reading is higher now compared to previous years, according to the State Department of Education. This comes after Hawaii public school students have been largely distance learning due to COVID-19.

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HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Education will prohibit events involving gatherings of more than 20 people for the remainder of the school year.

Along with much of the rest of the state government, the state Department of Education faces sharp budget cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three principals explained what these cuts will mean for their schools.

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Online access has become vital for Hawaii children, now more than ever. COVID-19 has meant distance learning for most of Hawaii’s students.

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About 18,000 Hawaii students attended this year’s public summer school. The programs were to especially help students who were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

The state Department of Health issued guidance for schools, both public and private, to transition to at least some in-person learning.

Today we’re talking about what needs to happen to return to school safely and ease the fears of families - whether they be of students, teachers or administrators. The academic year would have started this week but the decision was made to put it off until August 17th.

The Hawaii teachers union called for the public school reopening date to be postponed until critical questions about safety procedures are answered by the state Department of Education and state Department of Health.

Public school students can expect six feet of space between desks when they return to classes in the fall, and teachers will decide if their students will wear a mask in the classroom.

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Parents can now find out just how their child’s public school will reopen on August 4th.

When Hawaii public school classes resume on August 4th, some schools could hold all in-person classes, others may have more online instruction and still others a blend of the two.

The state Department of Education is expected to issue its plans on how classes will run for the new school year on Thursday. But lawmakers say they are deeply concerned about the DOE’s lack of a clear financial proposal for the fall reopening.

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When Hawaii public schools closed to slow the spread of COVID-19 and moved to distance learning, education advocates warned that students learning English were at high risk for falling behind.

The state Department of Education recently released guidelines on reopening public schools. However, several members of the state Board of Education and the state teachers union took issue with some of the procedures on Thursday.

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The Hawaii State Department of Education is closing about a third of its grab ‘n go food sites for the summer, and many more are taking a break until June 8th.