Schools chief quits - Hawaii News

In a surprise move that was kept quiet for days, the head of the financially challenged state Department of Education has resigned. Full Story
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Ditto Head

Honolulu, HI

#1 Jan 1, 2010
Its time for the Governor to resign also, so that someone else can get something done!
Tama Samoa

Honolulu, HI

#2 Jan 1, 2010
One down 20 more to go...corruption runs deep in our state from law makers to school system with thick beaucratic mess...its a good start for the new year to start cleaning out corruption...
jjj

Kaneohe, HI

#3 Jan 1, 2010
shows true character when things are tough you quit. im sure she has a long list of excuses.
Special ed student

Honolulu, HI

#4 Jan 1, 2010
OOOhhh why? Does she know that its just a matter of time before Mation Higas digs up where all the monies have gone? Isn't obvious when you see her in the public that she looks guilty? It does to me. How can you stand there with that look of desperation week after week? Audit these education departments which are sneakly ripping us and the kids off. Get rid of that protageee union head Pierra who's,arrogance, and ethics are beyond sesenbility. C-mon Marion audit the heck out of them.
Pib

Bangkok, Thailand

#5 Jan 1, 2010
When the going gets tough a good leader will not resign unless the leader has issues which drive the resignation. It's definitely time for a new schools chief...this is a good thing for Hawaii students and parents.
OMGWTF

Shimonoseki, Japan

#6 Jan 1, 2010
jjj wrote:
shows true character when things are tough you quit. im sure she has a long list of excuses.
there's only so much a person can take; HSTA, lingle, etc. there appeared to be a light at the end of the tunnel, then lingle kills it...i'd say she endured enough. good luck in the future and have a nice retirement ms. hamamoto.
Pukalani Papa

Kailua, HI

#7 Jan 1, 2010
Happy New Year---she's gone. Good riddance. She has no leadership ability and vision. Just a typical bureaucrat. The entire education system is a joke and in shambles. When will our lawmakers realize that this elephant is not salvageable and the best solution is to de-centralize the school system. NEVER---because they are stupid and they are beholden to the unions. DO NOT POUR MORE MONEY INTO EDUCATION because more money is NOT the answer. Hamamoto's departure is the good news--the bad news is that the Board of Education will probably put another idiot in there.
jnkreaders

Honolulu, HI

#8 Jan 1, 2010
Thank you for your years of service in a large system that, by design, can not function.
Enjoy retirement.
whatevers

Mclean, VA

#9 Jan 1, 2010
Opportunity for change. One of the great fallacies of education reform was the concept of Principal as CEO. Principals are raised and trained as educators and that should be the core of their work. It sounds counterintuitive, but we need to take the administration, security, facilities, OFF of their plate so that they can focus on content, performance, and meaningfully engaging the parent base.
Hamamoto had heart and a work ethic, but was a product of the system she's trying to reform. Perhaps it's time to look to a strong administrator and organizational leader. The driving need of the DOE is organizational reform. Build a solid structure, and efforts to improve performance can be both managed and sustained.
Big John - Hawaii Kai

Kailua Kona, HI

#10 Jan 1, 2010
What changes can we say Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto, in charge of the school system since 2001, brought about in our school system? One glaring achievement was the increase in the DOE budget. In FY 99-00, the entire DOE budget was $972 MILLION dollars. Under her guidance the DOE budget grew to $2.4 BILLION dollars by FY 08-09, all the while enrollment and test scores were decreasing. Way to go Pat, less enrollment, lower test scores and yet a 147 percent INCREASE in budget. Both the taxpayers and the children were RIPPED off.
UH Graduate

San Diego, CA

#11 Jan 1, 2010
That hack leaving can only work a great deal better than the obsolete, failing system that has failed the state's future generations. An enlarged status quo system will not change the practice of sending Hawaii's children out into the big, real world unprepared to meet the challenges they will most certainly have to deal with. Forcing them to survive on the margins of poverty, to eke out a future of frustration and despair, lacking the necessary tools and skills in reading, writing, communicating, math, history and so many other needed talents that were not responsibly delivered nor achieved during their years in Hawaii's Public School System. Spewing it's obsolete and failed theories and practices upon the children of the state; contaminating the child's, and the parent's, dreams and hopes of a successful future and career.
swannie

Ocean View, HI

#12 Jan 1, 2010
One of the reasons I supported a Constitutional Convention was to get rid of the State-wide school system. Get rid of a whole layer of bureaucrats and see if schools improve. For sure the present system is just getting worse.
dumb

Honolulu, HI

#13 Jan 1, 2010
OMGWTF wrote:
<quoted text>
there's only so much a person can take; HSTA, lingle, etc. there appeared to be a light at the end of the tunnel, then lingle kills it...i'd say she endured enough. good luck in the future and have a nice retirement ms. hamamoto.
wasn&#699;t she appointed by Lingle?

Since: Nov 09

Keauhou, HI

#14 Jan 1, 2010
Wrong person resigned. It should have been an enmasse resignation of the BOE who have done nothing but serve HSTAs wishes in this fiasco.
get real

Honolulu, HI

#15 Jan 1, 2010
GOOD RIDDANCE! BYE-BYE! DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE A SS ON THE WAY OUT!

“Live Love Laugh.. and Surf! :)”

Since: Aug 08

Kaimuki,Hilo,Ka'u, Kaupo

#16 Jan 1, 2010
Surprised?!?!?!

After seeing that local children in public schools were being left behind they should have voted to oust her. It's not just Lingle. It's not just Republicans.

Unfortunately Hawai'i does not have "Government-in-the-Sunshi ne" like how Florida does a strict Sunshine Law like Florida (Chapter 286) and some people in Hawai'i do VERY shady things:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm...

In 302A of the Hawai'i Revised Statute the superintendent can be removed a majority vote of its board members

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol0...

E kala mai since some people want to blame Lingle but the board members did NOTHING.

Cheating local keiki out of a good education.

Keep it real.
Gimme a Break

Kapaa, HI

#18 Jan 1, 2010
Good Riddance!

What surprises me the most is that this was kept so quiet and without any leaks to the press to make the last couple of days most uncomfortable for her. Think of all the impromptu press conferences and embaressing questions that won't get asked now.
CSC

Wahiawa, HI

#19 Jan 1, 2010
Frustrating and quitting is like a person who drops out of school. Nothing new.
Pete888

Honolulu, HI

#20 Jan 1, 2010
MICHELLE RHEE
Disgusted

Aiea, HI

#21 Jan 1, 2010
Yes the DOE need to restructure, administrative heavy. Money needs to go into the classroom. On the other hand, No Child Left Behind by the Bush Administration was a good idea, but no funding. Presently, Special Ed take up the bulk of the moeny. Special Ed children have a teacher and aids to tutor and follow them around. With the crystal meth problem, you have disabled emotional children going to school, being raised by the school. Welfare children getting free lunch. The system isn't geared for the regular student but the neglected child with irresponsible parents.

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