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Public schools challenged to build on success


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 20, 2014

~~<p>Hawaii's remarkable turnaround in the federal Race to the Top initiative is a well-deserved point of pride for the public school system, especially for the teachers who have driven classroom-level improvements. But amid the celebratory congratulations, educators rightly acknowledge the grave challenges that lie ahead when the $75 million in federal funding runs out.</p>
<p>Race to the Top was never intended to be a short-term fix, but rather a catalyst to long-term, sustainable reform, which in Hawaii includes overhauling the lowest-performing schools, boosting student achievement and improving teacher and principal effectiveness. The state's plan rightly raises expectations for students, teachers and administrators at all public schools &mdash; the first step to improving student performance, which, in turn, will increase public confidence in our schools.</p>
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Hawaii's remarkable turnaround in the federal Race to the Top initiative is a well-deserved point of pride for the public school system, especially for the teachers who have driven classroom-level improvements. But amid the celebratory congratulations, educators rightly acknowledge the grave challenges that lie ahead when the $75 million in federal funding runs out.

Race to the Top was never intended to be a short-term fix, but rather a catalyst to long-term, sustainable reform, which in Hawaii includes overhauling the lowest-performing schools, boosting student achievement and improving teacher and principal effectiveness. The state's plan rightly raises expectations for students, teachers and administrators at all public schools — the first step to improving student performance, which, in turn, will increase public confidence in our schools. Login for more...



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