Package will speed public school repa...

Package will speed public school repairs - News

There are 15 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Dec 16, 2008, titled Package will speed public school repairs - News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Hawaii's deteriorating public schools are in for a much-needed face lift as the state begins to pump dollars into construction projects to stimulate the economy.

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Big J-Hawaii Kai

United States

#1 Dec 16, 2008
I certainly hope there will be close oversight on the DOE for this money. Somehow it seems whenever there is a windfall for the DOE, money has a way of being diverted from its original purpose.
Former Surfer

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Dec 16, 2008
Thank goodness Kaiser is getting some money. You know they need it more than Kailua or Kalaheo or Farrington or Kaimuki etc....
Ben Parker

Kaneohe, HI

#3 Dec 16, 2008
This is good news for schools that have been patiently waiting. I am now going to pray every day that the DOE and other stste offices don't do something sneaky with the money, or contract the jobs out to friends who will never get the work done, or who will do it badly. That's what we're used to. There's stuff that hasn't been fixed since I was in school. It burns me to see the next generation get even shabbier schools than we had. With all the money we give the state and the DOE, there's no excuse. How ironic that it takes a local, Obama, to give our children what Lingle would not. He grew up here. He cares.
kapaa

Lihue, HI

#4 Dec 16, 2008
what is obama giving...read the article lame ass
fauxalice

Kihei, HI

#5 Dec 16, 2008
isn't this the regular every year spruce up "budget"? why is linda calling it a stimulus? sounds like a word spin, hon.

Since: Aug 08

Honolulu

#6 Dec 16, 2008
Ben Parker wrote:
... How ironic that it takes a local, Obama, to give our children what Lingle would not. He grew up here. He cares.
I read the article and nowhere was Obama mentioned. Also, you should look up the definition of ironic because you're misusing it.
John Kamaka

San Diego, CA

#7 Dec 16, 2008
Ben Parker wrote:
This is good news for schools that have been patiently waiting. I am now going to pray every day that the DOE and other stste offices don't do something sneaky with the money, or contract the jobs out to friends who will never get the work done, or who will do it badly. That's what we're used to. There's stuff that hasn't been fixed since I was in school. It burns me to see the next generation get even shabbier schools than we had. With all the money we give the state and the DOE, there's no excuse. How ironic that it takes a local, Obama, to give our children what Lingle would not. He grew up here. He cares.
Before DOE even consider using this (taxpayers) money, they should move those Administrative Support personnel out of high-priced rental suites and into empty classrooms. Why continue paying preminum rates, when they could be using empty classrooms free of charge and be closer to where all the problems are in a school environment!

Well, yes with all the infested corruption, favoritisum, family member and friend cronies in the DOE, don't be surprised if $$$$millions go unaccounted for. Down the sewer pipes and into the pockets of unscruplulus individuals all taking their "cut" while the kids graduate with worthless degrees.

The construction industry is one of the most corrupt organized syndicates around, in bed with crooked politicians, corrupt unions putting the "squeeze" on any independent contractor not willing to "pay for play" arm twisting all connected to the DOE "old boy networks". Sounds like federal funding needs to be accounted by some federal agency, don't throw good money at a system noted for indecent behaviour.
realmerv

Honolulu, HI

#8 Dec 16, 2008
People need to read the article more carefully and not have preconceived ideas about the subject matter that clouds their thinking.

The money is State of Hawaii money and not Federal money. The reporter is apparently confusing some of you by using the term "stimulate" which makes some of you think about Obama's stimulus program that's been in the news.

Linda Lingle did the right thing for the state by holding off some of the construction projects when construction estimates were higher ... so she saved a lot of money by doing so. It's too bad more of our elected officials don't do the same; they spend as if money has no value just because the money is taxpayer money.

Since: Dec 08

Naha, Japan

#9 Dec 16, 2008
Mufi is doing his own political thing. Holding the State hostage as it tries to improve the situation by inserting his own agenda. All other county mayors want to help, but no, Mufi gotta grandstand again. What a baka and majimun he is.
state worker

Honolulu, HI

#10 Dec 16, 2008
I thought we were broke! I just turned in a plan to cut cost!!!!

wow lau lau, make up your mind: money get no get, what
alice

Honolulu, HI

#11 Dec 16, 2008
pake is perceptive..and spot-on right.
Ben Parker

Kaneohe, HI

#13 Dec 16, 2008
Ben Parker wrote:
This is good news for schools that have been patiently waiting. I am now going to pray every day that the DOE and other stste offices don't do something sneaky with the money, or contract the jobs out to friends who will never get the work done, or who will do it badly. That's what we're used to. There's stuff that hasn't been fixed since I was in school. It burns me to see the next generation get even shabbier schools than we had. With all the money we give the state and the DOE, there's no excuse. How ironic that it takes a local, Obama, to give our children what Lingle would not. He grew up here. He cares.
beebs wrote:
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I read the article and nowhere was Obama mentioned. Also, you should look up the definition of ironic because you're misusing it.
Maybe you should pay attention to the rest of the news. Obama announced that he wants to revive the economy and create jobs, in part by upgrading school infrastructure, giving children "21st century" classrooms, and expanding broadband capability. Now the Governor announces she is for these very things. Some of see a connection -- and are glad the Governor is on board.

But it is ironic that Lingle is following Obama's lead on repairing schools, after she withheld $170 million from $310 million that lawmakers had appropriated for school improvements in fiscal 2007 and 2008. Although most of the funds were restored, project delays and inflation drove up the schools' repair backlog cost.

If Obama wasn't taking the initiative on education, neither would the Governor. He is the one taking the lead to make sure our kids have good schools. He appointed reformer Arne Duncan, the head of Chicago's public schools, as Education Secretary. Under Duncan, elementary test scores hit an all time high in Chicago, with more than 65% of students meeting or exceeding state standards. Over the past five years, high school students have gained twice as much as the state and three times as much as the nation on the ACT test.

Times might be getting better for school kids in Hawaii, and I think the local (Obama) that Lingle dissed will deserve more kudos for leadership than she.
Fix NOW

Ewa Beach, HI

#14 Dec 17, 2008
Don't wait, fix the darn schools. Politics get out of da way.
Tama Samoa

Honolulu, HI

#15 Dec 17, 2008
The 3 auto unionwrkers begging for funds is the same story we hear about our DOE. DOE is a fail system for 40 years and we are still stupid enough to dump money into a black hole.
It will catch up in 5 more years. Most of the money spend ends up in organise contracts and kick backs to DOE elite. 70-80% of the money ends up in these elite adminstrations and their corrupt contracters only a small % ends up in the class room for the kidds as under paid teachers end up paying for extra papers and pencils for their students. Pathetic
Ben Parker

Kaneohe, HI

#16 Dec 17, 2008
Fix Now, I agree -- we need results, not politics. Time to improve our kids' grades and their schools. They all deserve a stellar education. There are methods to help them get better grades, get into college and enjoy school more. I am heartened by Education Secretary Elect Duncan's reform mentality, and found a Chicago Public School link: possible model for us.

http://www.cps.k12.il.us/

I hope the process of improving our schools will be open for review from start to finish.

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