To meet growing demand, Governor Ige’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) team added two more town hall meetings — one on Aug. 22 at Waimea High School on Kaua‘i and the other on Sept. 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Lāna‘i High and Elementary School. Other September meetings are Sept. 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Maui High; also Sept. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Castle High on O‘ahu; and Sept. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Moanalua High.
Turnout and interest continues to be high at the meetings, say the coordinators, as they gather feedback from students, parents, teachers, principals and community members on ways to improve public education in Hawai‘i. Anyone can go to the ESSA section of the governor’s home page at governor.hawaii.gov. to respond to design ideas and read summaries of the discussions so far. Once the statewide town hall meetings are finished, the ESSA team will provide its recommendations to the Hawai‘i Department of Education and the Board of Education for discussion as part of the DOE’s long-range strategic plan.