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Jim Shon
Dr. Jim Shon is the Director of the Hawai‘i Educational Policy Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Dr. Shon holds a B.A. in Music Education and a Ph.D. in Political Science.

He taught English in the Peace Corps, worked on state programs to promote alternative energy and marine affairs, and served as a Hawai‘i state legislator. Additionally, Dr. Shon developed curriculum at the University of Hawai‘i’s Curriculum Research & Development Group, conducted policy research, and served as the Executive Director of the Charter School Administrative Office.

Entries by Jim Shon

Ten Questions to Ask Educational Leaders

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 1:49 PM

Recently the Hawaii State Board of Education heard from grassroots teachers and principals of their dissatisfaction with a proposed teacher evaluation program. Both administrators and board members seemed to be saying: Oh, we had no idea you felt that way. We did not know we needed to revise or adjust...

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How Do You Measure Equal Funding for Schools?

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 1:58 PM

There are three legs to the public education-funding stool: facilities, teachers, and administrative support. The issue of unequal funding is most often heard from the charter schools, whose students and teachers generally receive significantly less financial support than district public schools.

The charter stool system has only one leg!

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Three Ways to Derail the Common Core Standards

(14) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 3:34 PM

Without structural change in schools, the Common Core Standards are doomed.

There is little doubt that the Common Core standards push schools, teachers and students to more inquiry-based, deeper understandings than many traditional standards. The Common Core model implies groups of students working together to examine concepts and problems. The...

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Dangling In The Wind: How Does the State Fund Nonprofits?

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 4:45 PM

Some call it earmarking, some call it outsourcing, and some call it funding the safety net. But grants-in-aid to nongovernmental organizations are one way to provide affordable services without expanding government employment, retirement costs, and programs. With sequestration and the drumbeat to cut, cut, cut, we should not turn our...

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