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Hawaiian immersion program gets 'teeth'

The Board of Education's changes commit more resources for the program

By Nanea Kalani

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 19, 2014

~~<p>In what Hawaiian language advocates called a bold and monumental step, the Board of Education on Tuesday made substantial policy changes to its Hawaiian language immersion program, including a mandate to create an Office of Hawaiian Education under the schools superintendent.</p>
<p>The revised policy also commits the Department of Education to invest financial and personnel resources &quot;to create and implement appropriate curricula, standards, performance assessment tools (and) professional development&quot; for Ka Papahana Kaiapuni Hawaii, the Hawaiian language immersion program the DOE formed nearly 30 years ago.</p>
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In what Hawaiian language advocates called a bold and monumental step, the Board of Education on Tuesday made substantial policy changes to its Hawaiian language immersion program, including a mandate to create an Office of Hawaiian Education under the schools superintendent.

The revised policy also commits the Department of Education to invest financial and personnel resources "to create and implement appropriate curricula, standards, performance assessment tools (and) professional development" for Ka Papahana Kaiapuni Hawaii, the Hawaiian language immersion program the DOE formed nearly 30 years ago. Login for more...



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