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Seeking success in schools

Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi moves forward on Common Core learning and high-stakes educator evaluations, even as she notes the need to improve input

By Christine Donnelly

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 27, 2014

~~<p>Coming off a tumultuous period that saw a group of retired principals publicly, albeit unsuccessfully, seek her ouster, Hawaii schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi looks forward to the 2014-15 school year as one that will prove the worth of enormously hard work carried out in public schools over the past few years.</p>
<p>The outcry over whether Matayoshi's contract should be extended -- it was, for three more years -- was fueled by an anonymous survey of sitting principals who said that they and many teachers were overwhelmed by unrealistic workloads, demoralized by stifling, top-down directives from the state office, and, most importantly, lacked confidence that a new system linking teachers' pay to student performance was fair, feasible and would actually increase how much Hawaii schoolchildren learn.</p>
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Coming off a tumultuous period that saw a group of retired principals publicly, albeit unsuccessfully, seek her ouster, Hawaii schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi looks forward to the 2014-15 school year as one that will prove the worth of enormously hard work carried out in public schools over the past few years.

The outcry over whether Matayoshi's contract should be extended -- it was, for three more years -- was fueled by an anonymous survey of sitting principals who said that they and many teachers were overwhelmed by unrealistic workloads, demoralized by stifling, top-down directives from the state office, and, most importantly, lacked confidence that a new system linking teachers' pay to student performance was fair, feasible and would actually increase how much Hawaii schoolchildren learn. Login for more...



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