Transforming education for the 21st century

Posted on Jan 1, 2017 in Main
Momilani Elementary School students and Governor Ige at the 'Everyone Can Code' event.

Momilani Elementary School students and Governor Ige at the ‘Everyone Can Code’ event.

• New Blueprint for empowered schools and student success – The most important way we move Hawai‘i forward and secure a bright future is to reform our education system. I formed the Every Student Succeeds Act Team with the goal of creating one of the nation’s best school systems. This means going beyond test scores and a one-size-fits-all approach  to creating future-focused, empowered school communities where decisions are made by those closest to the children. We have also committed more education dollars directly into the classroom than any previous administration.

• Continuing efforts to cool classrooms – No one is more frustrated than I am at the pace  of our efforts to cool the schools, but we will keep moving  forward. Thanks to $100 million in funding from the Legislature and continued energy-efficient efforts, the DOE has reported that cooling projects covering 832 classrooms are currently out for bid with the rest to go out over the next few months.

A proud 2016 UH graduate at commencement.

A proud 2016 UH graduate at commencement.

•More UH students graduating on time – A record number of students are earning undergraduate degrees within four years, according to recent University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa reports. Officials credit  a decade of initiatives to better support  student success. Also, more Hawai‘i high school students are getting a headstart on college courses offered on their campuses, thanks to a dual credit program with the UH system, the DOE and P-20 Partnerships. UH’s contributions to the innovation economy keep growing through systemwide efforts to advance cybersecurity education, research and community awareness for high-quality jobs.

Read more in our January issue.