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It’s a new era in many ways for Hawai‘i’s public schools: a new superintendent, a new four-year teachers’ contract and a new school year with cooler classrooms on several islands. This issue focuses on how the governor, the Board of Education (BOE) and our new schools superintendent are working together to improve achievement for all ...
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The Department of Education (DOE) is making good on the governor’s promise of cooler schools for this new school year. “We expect to have the 1,000 classrooms cooled by the end of August,” Governor Ige said. The $100 million appropriated by the 2016 state Legislature has funded equipment and installation costs for air conditioning and ...
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A new four-year contract overwhelmingly ratified by Hawai‘i’s 13,500 public school teachers was signed last month by the governor, the teachers’ union, and Board of Education members in ceremonies at the state Capitol. “I’m excited that this contract positions us to focus on the most important things over the next four years,” said the governor. ...
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If being a new schools superintendent is a tough job, then the next toughest may be serving as chair of the board that hired her. That was First Hawaiian Bank executive vice president Lance Mizumoto’s task less than two years into his term at the Board of Education (BOE). Now, as the new school year ...
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It’s late on a Sunday afternoon, and Dr. Christina Kishimoto is driving to a family gathering. But Hawai‘i’s new  schools superintendent makes time to talk about her childhood in New York, her passion for public education and the promise she sees for the state’s school system. Kishimoto has been credited with helping to turn around struggling ...
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It was a busy month for Maui County with bill signings, a groundbreaking, a popular community festival and the transition of Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lāna‘i Community Hospital to Kaiser Permanente’s affiliate, Maui Health System. On Maui July 1, the governor participated in a ceremony that marked the transfer of Maui’s state ...
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Hawai‘i became the first state in the nation to establish a Kupuna Caregivers program to help adults who work at least 30 hours a week while also providing family caregiving. The bill aims to ease caregiving costs by paying up to $70 a day to contracted service providers, based on certain criteria and availability of ...
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I want to thank hearings officer and former Judge Riki May Amano for her diligent work in making a recommendation to the Board of Land and Natural Resources regarding the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project at Mauna Kea. We are in the process of reviewing the conditions included in the decision. Regardless of the BLNR’s ...
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With the stroke of a pen, Governor Ige signed SB 559 into law (Act 032) — making Hawai‘i the first state to enact legislation that implements portions of the Paris climate agreement. The ceremony in the Capitol rotunda included legislators, county mayors and their representatives, famed Hōkūleʻa navigator Nainoa Thompson, department heads and environmentalists. “Hawai‘i ...
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Jobs, climate change and standing firm on island values — now and for the future. This issue of Capitol Connection discusses the governor’s vision for Hawai‘i’s 21st century job growth, the state’s leadership in support of the Paris climate accord, Hōkūleʻa’s historic homecoming, and the issues he considers in signing bills into law. Q. Why ...
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