Education and income are two characteristics tracked closely the Census Bureau. In Hawaii, both are above the national average. As part of our continuing series “Neighbors, An Island Story,” HPR’s Bill Dorman compares the figures.
When it comes to higher education, school officials are noticing a disturbing trend. For high school graduates in Leeward Oahu, one in three kids who apply and get in to college, somehow fail to register and show up in the fall. The problem is particularly bad for graduates from Waianae and Nanakuli high schools. In an effort to close that summer gap, three University of Hawaii campuses, Kamehameha Schools, and the Department of Education have come together to form the program 'Onipa'a. HPR’s Molly Solomon met up with an 'Onipa'a participant and joined her on her first day of school.
500 teachers, students and parents are turning up the heat this morning at the state capitol. They’re rallying for cooler classrooms, and will be calling on lawmakers to get air conditioning in some of Hawaii’s hottest schools. HPR’s Molly Solomon takes us to a classroom in Ewa Beach and has this report.
Welfare recipients in Hawai’i receive benefits that are equal to more than four times the amount a person can earn working at minimum wage. That, according to a national study published last month, which ranks the state number one in terms of handing out the most generous public assistance packages in the nation. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka went on the road for a look at the situation.
Teach For America is a national organization that attracts recent college graduates and prepares them for 2-year teaching assignments in classrooms across the country. It’s been here in Hawaii since 2006, where it faces a unique set of challenges. Over the next few days, HPR’s Molly Solomon explores what’s being done to address these issues and how the program has changed in recent years.