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Nation's top education official visits Hawaii schools

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:21 p.m. HST, Mar 31, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says he'll look into concerns about assessments for students attending Hawaiian-language immersion schools and how Native Hawaiian-focused charter schools are funded.

The concerns were posed to Duncan Monday during his visit to Ka Waihona o Ka Naauao Public Charter School on the Waianae Coast. Duncan took notes as Native Hawaiian educational leaders discussed issues such as some parents boycotting state tests in English because they want assessments created in Hawaiian.

Duncan says he'll do some "homework" on the issues. He notes that there was a time the Hawaiian language was outlawed and says he's glad to see schools contributing to its revitalization.

He's in Hawaii to recognize the state's public school system for rebounding from struggles in making progress toward ambitious reforms.

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pcman wrote:
Duncan is just a 'numb' as the other Obama liars. Just because Hawaii is in last place in education quality, it doesn't mean we can't get worse. Who believes Hawaii's public schools are doing well? Who believes Hawaii's students are improving? Hawaii could learn from other states, instead of trying to create its own downfall. We need to change the current BOE, DOE and HSTA. It can't get worse. OOPS!
on March 31,2014 | 07:45AM
kekelaward wrote:
Hey Arnie! No need to waste taxpayer dollars to come out here. Our DOE is able to stumble to the bottom and fail our kids, just like you did in Chicago.
on March 31,2014 | 09:01AM
rayhawaii wrote:
I hope you visit Maili Elementry School. Could use some support there.
on March 31,2014 | 10:24AM
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