DOE targets Kaaawa for closure - News

DOE targets Kaaawa for closure - News

There are 50 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Dec 18, 2008, titled DOE targets Kaaawa for closure - News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

The 158 students at Kaaawa Elementary School would likely transfer to Hauula or Waiahole schools under a plan to close the 104-year-old Windward facility.

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John Kamaka

San Diego, CA

#45 Dec 21, 2008
Translator wrote:
<quoted text>Parents need to write letters to each BOE member, Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto, Assistant Sup. Randolph Moore, Rep. Roy Takumi, Senator Norman Sakamoto, House Speaker Calvan Say and Senate Pres. Colleen Hanabusa.
Use your post as a model for these parents to write their letters--it is an excellent set of well thought out sentiments.
Send parents to testify at the January 8 Board of Education General Meeting.
Flood them with letters before it is too late.
Good point, Hawaii's VOTER could have made these DOE parasites accountable for their incompetence and criminal action for closing this and other successful schools to "balance" the budget through the Constitution Convention.

But because of corrupt former governor George Arioshi, his cronies, the corrupt HST Unions and others "injecting" hundreds of thousands of dollars $$$$ to defeat this measure to be placed on ballots, we are now faced with enormous effort to "convince" those in power who are self-serving and more concerned about their paychecks than what the future lies in our children's and nation's educational and financial situation!

I say, hire Michele Rhee of Washington to clean up this out dated, corrupt DOE educational syndicate infested with cronyisum and bloated do-nothing Administration riddled with excess self-empires who exists at the expense of your children future.
charles

Pearl City, HI

#46 Dec 21, 2008
Save Kaawa wrote:
Can this school converted into a charter school?
Of course. However, whether or not the current students there would be able to stay at that facility remains to be seen.

I suppose if the charter could afford to pay the $5 million to replace the cesspool and the cost of elevating some of the buildings to code since it is in a tsunami inundation zone, it would be a go.
Poi Boy

AOL

#47 Dec 21, 2008
No beeg ting!!!!!!!!
alice

Honolulu, HI

#48 Dec 21, 2008
Kamaka makes a good point.
Translator

Keauhou, HI

#49 Dec 21, 2008
charles wrote:
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Of course. However, whether or not the current students there would be able to stay at that facility remains to be seen.
I suppose if the charter could afford to pay the $5 million to replace the cesspool and the cost of elevating some of the buildings to code since it is in a tsunami inundation zone, it would be a go.
Kawaihona is a charter in an inundation zone (former Nanaikapono site, I think). Also, a charter would be smart enough to look into composting, pumper luas, or even solar powered incinerating toilets for a fraction of the $5mil cesspool cost.
charles

Pearl City, HI

#51 Dec 21, 2008
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<quoted text>Kawaihona is a charter in an inundation zone (former Nanaikapono site, I think). Also, a charter would be smart enough to look into composting, pumper luas, or even solar powered incinerating toilets for a fraction of the $5mil cesspool cost.
I would highly recommend you propose to the folks out at Kaaawa that they can do the same as Nanaikapono did.
Translator

Keauhou, HI

#52 Dec 21, 2008
charles wrote:
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I would highly recommend you propose to the folks out at Kaaawa that they can do the same as Nanaikapono did.
Well, Kaaawa parents, teachers, classifed staff and administration? Becoming a public charter school is a long, hard road fraught with people putting up barriers in front of you.
But if you REALLY want to take control of your school, it is the only way to go.
Call the Charter School Administrative Office to ask for assistance. Contact Lanikai school (they are one of two original charter schools from the 1990s).
Do it.
Translator

Keauhou, HI

#53 Dec 22, 2008
Their school website states: "Ka`a`awa Elementary School has made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 6th year in a row."

My understanding is that Kaaawa students would be sent to NCLB "failing" schools nearby.

This looks like it could easily be a lawsuit.

Kaaawa parents, get a lawyer to contact the US DOE about the Hawai`i DOE's action.

Ask whether it is right to take away a school in NCLB "Good Standing" without providing a reasonably close alternative. Seems like this violates the rights of your children.

I'm no lawyer, but I think you have a case.

ps The reader who judged me negatively needs to realize that it motivated me to write to Principal Watanabe directly. Thanks! ;)
Casual Fan

Mililani, HI

#54 Dec 22, 2008
What is the big deal. If u don't like it, then either move to an area where the schooling is better, get a GE, o send your child to a private school.
alice

Scottsdale, AZ

#55 Dec 22, 2008
Good points everyone..Lingle has ruined hawaii

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