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John Sosa. DOE photo. Former Big Isle Educator Retires Under Cloud January 21st, 2014 · No Comments · East Hawaii News, Featured Articles, News, North Hawaii News, West Hawaii News

John Sosa, a former principal at Waiakea High School and island-wide deputy superintendent, is the subject of an internal investigation by the state DOE.

Waiakea Elementary was one of three Big Island Schools that gained a nationally certified teacher in 2013. Photo by Dave Smith Big Island Teachers Become Nationally Certified January 16th, 2014 · 1 Comment · East Hawaii News, Featured Articles, News, North Hawaii News, West Hawaii News

The partnership with Kamehameha Schools is boosting the certified teacher growth rate in Hawaii.

Brian De Lima, Hawaii Island representative on the state Board of Education, will be present at Thursday's community meeting in Hilo. BOE photo. BOE Members to Hold Community Meeting in Hilo Thursday November 19th, 2013 · 1 Comment · East Hawaii News, News

The meeting will give parents and the public an opportunity to discuss education issues.

For the first time, Hawai`i's fourth-graders have surpassed the national average for mathematics scores. Hawai`i Fourth-Graders Surpass National Math Scores November 7th, 2013 · No Comments · East Hawaii News, News, North Hawaii News, West Hawaii News

That was a first, DOE officials said, and reflect gains made in both math and reading for the state’s fourth- and eighth-graders.

State Superintendent of Schools Kathryn Matayoshi. Courtesy photo. DOE Acknowledges Errors in Graduation Rates October 30th, 2013 · No Comments · East Hawaii News, News, North Hawaii News, West Hawaii News

Department of Education officials said the software error resulted in nearly all the actual rates being lower than those reported in August.

Shown at Friday's award ceremony are, from left, Gov. Neil Abercrombie, 2013 State Teacher of the Year Karen Kutsunai, 2014 Teacher of the Year Matthew Lawrence and Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. Courtesy photo. Oahu Educator Honored; Timbal Top Big Island Teacher October 28th, 2013 · No Comments · East Hawaii News, News

Elizabeth Timbal of Keaau High was among the entrants for State Teacher of the Year which was won by Matthew Lawrence of Waikiki Elementary School.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has released funding for track and field improvements to be shared by Waiakea and Hilo high schools. DOE photo. Settlement of Substitute Teachers’ Back Pay Lawsuit Pending October 7th, 2013 · No Comments · East Hawaii News, News, North Hawaii News, West Hawaii News

The state has agreed to pay $15 million in the class-action lawsuit that accused the Department of Education of underpaying substitute teachers.

The Hawaii Academy of Arts & Sciences in Pahoa is the fourth largest public charter school in the state. Photo from haaspcs.org. Hawai`i School Enrollment Up, Led by Charter Schools October 3rd, 2013 · 1 Comment · East Hawaii News, Featured Articles, News, North Hawaii News, West Hawaii News

Enrollment figures show the state, and the Big Island in particular, are embracing the charter school concept.

School Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi, left, and Gov. Neil Abercrombie present a $95,000 check to Waters of Life Charter School during today's Strive HI awards ceremony on Oahu. Courtesy photo. Waters of Life Charter School Honored Again September 10th, 2013 · 1 Comment · East Hawaii News, Featured Articles, News, West Hawaii News

The awards are piling up for the Mountain View school that since 2008 has overcome financial and legal difficulties.

File photo. Parents Urged to Return Cards Surveying Federal Impacts September 6th, 2013 · No Comments · East Hawaii News, News, North Hawaii News, West Hawaii News

School officials say the federal census survey allows the government to determine the amount of reimbursements to the state for lost local taxes.

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