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Schools Closing… Salaries Rising by grassroothawaii
February 10, 2011, 3:33 pm
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by Frances Nuar

You’ve long heard of the dismal statistics surrounding public education in Hawaii. Students have consistently scored significantly lower than average on national assessments across the board–math, science, reading and writing. We pay one of the highest costs per students for this sub-par education, over $14k per student. Yet we have the same pupil/teacher ratio as the national average. Somewhere there is a disconnect–we’re spending the money, we’re hiring the teachers, but we’re not getting the results.

So it seems very odd to me that the Department of Education would look to close three schools– as reported in the Star Advertiser:

“State schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi is recommending the Board of Education close three small elementary schools in May, a move that would save as much as $2 million a year but draw a wave of opposition from parents, teachers and community members.”

Parents are concerned closing the schools would affect student’s performance–and rightly so. The small class sizes cater to a more personalized learning environment. Another large concern regarding the Kaimuki school is the historic significance; the school is named after Queen Liliuokalani.

But now to the juicy part of the story. The story about school closures came out Wednesday, Feb. 9. Coincidentally it would seem, on Tuesday Feb. 8. the House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Committee on Labor and Public Employment voted yes to raise the salaries “of the deputy superintendent, assistant superintendents, and complex area superintendents.” House Bill 953 is currently referred to the finance committee.

Doesn’t it seem odd that schools would be slated to close as salaries are rising?


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