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Do you agree that schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi should be replaced when her contract ends next June?

  • A. Yes, time for fresh start (675 Votes)
  • B. No, she's done fine job (620 Votes)
  • C. Doesn't matter (219 Votes)

This is not a scientific poll — results reflect only the opinions of those voting.

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  • Needs a complete overhaul of the administration to encourage reforms. The old spoil system be implemented and reassign the entrenched bureaucrats to other departments. Need managers to improve efficiency and deter the status quo!

    • Thats very true. They could cut about 15% of their budget if they just got rid of the assistants to the assistants and layers of bureaucracy. But Im not convinced its the fault of the Superintendent. I blame the politicians and Unions for taking care of “their people”!

      • Actually they could cut out 50% of the deadwood overhead and this would just be a start. Way too many Chiefs compared to Indians. Typical Nei bureaucracy.

      • Except that none of the Superintendents, Ass’t Superintendents, or Complex Area Superintendents is represented by a union. those are called “Exempt” positions.

        Since they serve at the pleasure of the Superintendent of the HIDOE, when a new one is appointed, they all tender their resignations and the Sup decides who stays and who goes. A number of people in exempt positions are certified administrators and teachers and may have return rights to school-level positions. What was new about Mrs. Matayoshi’s tenure as Superintendent was the number of non-certified, non-educators appointed to exempt positions. It’s unclear what will happen to them as they are not certified to perform in school-level positions.

        • This is not a problem. They can work in other areas of state and city government or even in the charter schools or private schools.

          For that matter, many employees in private business who are College of Education graduates are doing well in their chosen field. As a sub I’ve talked to many new teachers that have left the field because they are disappointed with their initial teaching experience.

        • If they are “not certified to perform in school-level positions”, they should leave the DOE. What they do for another job is their own business.

  • The disparity between the GT kids motivated and playing with a full deck and the special needs kids is huge! In Hawaii many children that would be assigned to health departments in other states are mainstreamed. I know one school with approximately 25 % special needs. Socioeconomic influences play a big roll in results oriented education. I think the best we can hope for is a steady increase in test results … which we are getting.

    • I disagree.

      Different segments of students in the schools should have their own unique standards of Education.

      We should not be using cookie cutter standards for all students. All students are not equal and we should not try to set goals that they cannot reach.

      It doesn’t matter how we administer education in the state. What does matter is that all students educational needs are met.

  • I dont know how the superintendant is measured to determine if they are doing a good job. I would say that she has managed to maintain the status quo, no better and no worse. I guess you can call that a job well done.

  • Unfortunately, for me, this is an easy question but the answer but it doesn’t make me feel any better. I worked for the present Superintendent since she was appointed Deputy and assigned to write Hawaii’s Dash-for-the-Cash… I mean “Race-to-the-Top” application which she successfully did but almost entirely without consultation with role groups such as students, parents, teachers, staff, and community members. Then, later, as she was appointed interim and permanent Superintendent.

    I reluctantly have to say that this action ought to have been taken earlier.

    • Parental satisfaction should be most important.

      If that were the case then we will see that preschool is very important for that segment of students that do not have inadequate background to even begin learning in kindergarten.

      It has taken a court case through the judicial system for parents of special ed kids to get Justice through the schools.

  • Well, the BOE is now 100% “Ige’s gang.” Not saying that’s a bad thing if the gang makes improvements, but there might also be a lot of back scratching and positions “owed” to other friends as well. Cautiously optimistic!

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