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Hui for Excellence in Education, or “HE’E,” is a statewide coalition of diverse stakeholders committed to working collaboratively to identify opportunities to improve public education in Hawai‘i. HE‘E seeks to be the focal point for community and parent engagement while serving as a public resource for educational policy.
HE‘E was formed in May 2010 by parents and community members who stood up and said “no” to school furloughs and “yes” to re-establishing education as a public priority.
In support of Hawai‘i’s successful Race to the Top application, HE‘E will seek to coordinate parent and community engagement to further the Department of Education’s new strategic plan. More about HE‘E’s priorities…
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HE’E staff has been participating over the last couple of months in the DOE’s Accountability Design Workgroup. It is a group of DOE members as well as external partners to deliberate on ESSA requirements/areas of discretion and propose a set of recommendations to the DOE leadership concerning key design features of the statewide accountability system. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn about the ESSA requirements, as it has given us a realistic view on the challenges of designing an accountability system for our state.
HE’E staff has also been working on testimony for the BOE/DOE on the Strategic Plan as well as for the Governor’s ESSA Task Force, based on the meetings that the Coalition has had on the subject, and information we have learned from the Accountability Design Workshop. Please see a draft of the testimony at this link here: 2016-09-20-hee-testimony-strategic-plan-essa-plan-4
We will be discussing at the next HE’E Planning Meeting and asking a vote from HE’E voting members. If you have questions or comments, please contact email@example.com
HE’E Planning Meeting, Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 9:00-11:00 am at The Learning Coalition, 841 Bishop Street, Suite 301. (Validated Parking at Harbor Court Parking Garage, 66 Queen Street.)
Please save the date for a presentation by Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs (HIPA) on 21st Century School Facilities.
Keiki Caucus Meeting, Tuesday, September 13, 2016 11:30-1:30pm, Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 229.
At the August 2, 2016 Keiki Caucus Meeting, representatives from the DOE and the Governor’s ESSA Task Force gave a presentation to Keiki Caucus members about the BOE/DOE Strategic Plan and the ESSA Task Force vision, respectively. Many of the Keiki Caucus members are community organizations that deal with children and families. Representatives from the DOE and the ESSA Task Force will return to the Keiki Caucus on Tuesday September 13, 2016 to receive input on their respective plans. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to provide feedback.
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