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Governor:Neil Abercrombie
Superintendent:Kathryn Matayoshi
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:179,601
Number of school districts:1
Number of public schools:289
Number of public school teachers:11,396
Unadjusted education spending per student:$11,714
Percent minority students:85.5%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:46.8%
Percent of students with disabilities:11.0%
Percent of English-language learners:10.6%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:38.3%
8th grade math:30.0%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:29.1%
8th grade reading:25.7%

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Idaho is bracing for deep education cuts, Kansas is working to prevent any, and Alabama is weighing a gambling tax to fund education.
December 17, 2008 - Education Week
Former teacher says Obama showed no obvious signs of ambition, but was "thoughtful and bright."
November 11, 2008 - Education Week
Faced with crushing energy costs across its far-flung district, the Aloha State is pushing aggressive conservation efforts that could offer lessons for the U.S. mainland.
October 28, 2008 - Education Week
The agreement heads off a possible review by the U.S. Supreme Court over whether the policy violates federal civil rights laws.
May 22, 2007 - Education Week
The Hawaii State Teachers Association has ratified a new contract that will require its members to undergo random drug and alcohol testing.
May 4, 2007 - Education Week
Hours of labor outside the classroom are often lost in official tallies.
April 12, 2007 - Education Week
Thirteen Western states that are home to more than 93 percent of the nation’s federally owned land have formed a coalition to lobby Washington for an annual $4 billion in lost local and state property-tax revenues on the federal land, nearly $1.9 billion of which would have gone to pay for public education.
December 12, 2006 - Education Week
In the face of controversy and lingering confusion, the Hawaii state board of education has voted to begin putting the state’s new system of school aid in place in the 2006-07 school year.
November 29, 2005 - Education Week
With the Hawaii Department of Education unable to provide any additional money for the state’s charter schools, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has allocated $2.2 million to the 14 charter schools that have Hawaiian-focused programs.
October 25, 2005 - Education Week
From now on, when Hawaii’s high school students grab their surfboards and head for Oahu’s North Shore—or other surfing destinations throughout the state—they might be doing so as the Kahuku High Red Raiders or the Na Ali’i team from King Kekaulike High School.
June 9, 2004 - Education Week

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