How do we prepare our children for the future? “We need more than a one-size-fits-all model,” said the governor. “That’s why we are implementing a new blueprint for public education, empowering schools and investing in educational leaders who can transform the way they teach their students.” The governor authorized $500,000 for the DOE to implement a K-12 computer science curriculum by 2021 and to offer at least one computer science course at all public high schools at least once every school year. He has also joined the Governors’ Partnership for K-12 Computer Science to expand access and increase equity in programs.
- Empowering schools and their communities – Professional development opportunities for Hawai‘i’s teachers are increasing with Governor Ige’s support and his backing of School Design and Computer Science Innovation Grants. Teachers,
administrators, and community members are bringing more decision-making power to the school level. Also, student voice is helping to reshape course content, use of technology and other activities to make learning a more fun and dynamic experience.
- Early College and Hawai‘i Promise programs expand statewide – With Ige administration support, Early College is helping students earn college credits tuition-free. At last count, 38 public high schools and charter schools on six islands have offered Early College courses. Also, 12 Waipahu High Early College “Olympians” became the first to graduate with their associate in arts college degrees — before they received their high school diplomas. Hawai‘i Promise has provided 1,500 UH community college students
an estimated $2.2 million in “last dollar” scholarships. The grants eliminate the gap between what qualified students and their families can afford and the unmet direct costs of higher education, such as tuition, fees, books, supplies and local transportation.
- College enrollment, graduation rates and healthcare workforce grow – In fall2018, UH Mānoa welcomed its largest freshman class in the university’s 111-year history. The overall four-year graduation rate at UH Mānoa is now at an all-time high with Native Hawaiian and Filipino students graduating on time at record rates. A new $32 million state-of-the-art Allied Health/Administration building at UH West O‘ahu will train professionals to assist Hawai‘i’s aging population. Also the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine has increased its medical school class size to 72 students each year and is providing full 4-year scholarships to a third of 2018 entering med students to minimize their educational debt.