Education Update 2/15/14

Sen. Shimabukuro met with DOE Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and DOE Official Donalyn Dela Cruz regarding immersion and Hawaiian language issues. Click to enlarge.

Sen. Shimabukuro met with DOE Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and DOE Official Donalyn Dela Cruz regarding immersion and Hawaiian language issues. Click to enlarge.

Sen. Shimabukuro recently met with DOE officials regarding immersion and Hawaiian language issues. She was happy to learn that they support Rep. Karen Awana’s bill to form a task force to find a site to expand immersion education on the Waianae Coast. The DOE also reported that they will continue to work with the immersion community regarding the assessment testing concerns raised in HB224 (which is currently in conference committee).

In response to Sen. Shimabukuro’s questions regarding the availability of Hawaiian language classes in the regular school system, the DOE provided the following statistics:

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The DOE also reported that they plan to institute an “E-Learning” program whereby Hawaiian language courses may be offered to more schools.

Sen. Shimabukuro has co-sponsored several measures relating to education, including:

  • Youth After School Programs & R.E.A.C.H Appropriation (SB2441)
  • School Athletics Program Appropriation (SB3083)
  • DOE Modular Design Buildings Pilot Project (SB2977)

Sen. Shimabukuro also enthusiastically supports Governor Abercrombie’s request for $25m to air condition public schools.

You may contact Sen. Shimabukuro’s office with your questions or concerns at 586-7793.

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