More open, accountable government is needed in Hawaii, especially in the age of the internet, so that we the people can know where our $2.5 billion of taxpayer dollars are being spent. Hawaii is governed by leaders that like to spend a lot of the taxpayers' dollars. Many of my progressive friends have lofty goals for society written by the tax bill of someone richer than them. In liberal Hawaii, I think those cheerleaders for government programs should demand solid accountability.
This month, thousands of keiki across the islands are starting their school careers as they anxiously begin kindergarten in our public schools. Yet, local studies tell us that more than 40% begin school without a solid learning foundation.
Marlyn and Kyle are certainly not alone. In fact, Georgia's record in terms of protecting the privacy of students who take the ASVAB test has gotten even worse over the years.
While the U.S. sent more than 500 athletes to London, back home, 7,000 students dropped out in just one day. Those athletes represented our nation, but so do the young people who drop out of school.
Districts and unions can agree that personalizing learning is integral to improving our education system. Therefore, districts should not try to circumvent union power, but instead should include unions in the planning and application processes.
This treacherous assault on a vital public institution is little more than what Joseph Conrad described as, "Personal impulses disguised as creeds." You have the sense that the teacher may go the way of the Dodo bird.
The conversation about school reform in Washington is replete with big ideas -- glossy proposals for "accountability," putting the "students first," fixing "broken" schools, all in hopes of making America "competitive" again. Yet our schools are poorer than ever.
Our nation continues to grow more diverse. It's especially apparent in our nation's classrooms where one out of four students are the children of im...
What's the right course of action? Get rid of tenure while maintaining due process protections? Make it more difficult to achieve? Or perhaps have term contracts for five or ten years at a clip?