State-Level English Language Learner Policies discussed by ECS and National Experts (Source: ECS)

On March 25, 2015, in ELL, School Reform, by Shannon Hillman

From the Education Commission of the States comes a new policy brief that discusses the current state of ELL policies across the nation. Discussion from a Dec, 2014 meeting of experts and the ECS includes issues such as Finance, Identification and Reclassification, Education Quality, Pre-K Services, and Parent and Family Involvement. Find the full PDF […]

Competency & Project Based Education Framework

On March 5, 2015, in School Reform, by Jim Shon

Competency and project based learning policy paper Basic Policy Questions There are many complex layers to implementing competency-based and project-based learning, including creation of authentic assessments. This paper focuses on analysis and strategies that might be considered without needing to completely dismantle the current public school system. The kind of school. Is there a difference […]

Competency Based Credentials: A Trend on the Rise.

On January 29, 2015, in Higher Education, School Reform, by Shannon Hillman

From The Atlantic comes an investigation looking at the rising trend of Occupational Certifications, and the decline of the traditional university degree. Find it here.

HEPC’s Analysis of CBAs in Regards to School Empowerment

On January 5, 2015, in News & Events, School Reform, by Shannon Hillman

HEPC Director Jim Shon has recently conducted an analysis of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement for seeking how much decision making power it gives to schools and personnel. HEPC’s Analysis of CBAs RE; School Empowerment

HEPC Analyzes BOR Policies Regarding School Empowerment

On December 3, 2014, in K-12, News & Events, School Reform, by Shannon Hillman

In 2002, HEPC conducted an analysis of Hawaii BOR policies when it comes to school empowerment. After revisiting them, we have found them to be still applicable to many of today’s policies. Take a look! HEPC- Analyzing BOE Policies RE School Empowerment

NYC small school project shows promising results.

On October 18, 2014, in Higher Education, School Reform, by Shannon Hillman

From NPR, a recent project done by MDCR, funded by the Gates Foundation, which enrolls 100 students per grade shows promising results in getting students to enroll in college. Read the full article here.

HEPC Director Jim Shon interviews with Civil Beat

On September 24, 2014, in Early Learning, School Reform, by Shannon Hillman

Listen to Civil Beat’s Pod Squad interviews our own Director, Jim Shon to talk about using public funds for private preschool education, the appropriate age for kindergarteners, and classroom temperatures.  Find the episode at Civil Beat. Alternatively, if you are not a subscriber, find it on iTunes.

A Short Voter’s Guide to Constitutional Amendments for Early Education Programs

On July 8, 2014, in Early Learning, News & Events, School Reform, by Shannon Hillman

Were you aware that Hawaiian voters will soon be asked to make changes to Hawai’i’s constitution that allows for funding of private educational partnerships? Read our voter’s guide on the basics of the proposed amendments and what they mean for funding and the future of the islands early education system. A Short Voter’s Guide to […]

New studies and reports examine the Student Loan system and debt default here in Hawai’i.

On June 12, 2014, in Higher Education, News & Events, School Reform, by Shannon Hillman

New studies released today spotlight the issue with the student loan system and how it affects those here in Hawai’i. Bloomberg Business Week focuses on why the Student Loan system is doomed to fail by ignoring the factor of ‘risk’ between student loans. Find the article here. Alia Wong of Civil Beat then looks at […]

Reducing funding for education sees loss in Employment

On June 10, 2014, in News & Events, School Reform, by Shannon Hillman

Between June 2009, when the recession ended, and November 2012, the lowest point for local education employment, districts cut nearly 350,000 workers. They’ve hired fewer than 40,000 of them back since then. See review from website FiveThirtyEight Economics of how the US has reduced funding for education.

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