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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:46.0%
8th grade math:32.3%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:29.8%
8th grade reading:28.4%

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"The descendents of the original inhabitants of Hawaii," says a major report on the educational needs of Native Hawaiians, "find themselves at the bottom of indicators of success in modern America, and they are sometimes referred to as 'strangers in their own land'."
May 4, 1983 - Education Week
The lure of Hawaii's beaches, malls, and video arcades proved too strong for several thousand high-school students, who have been nabbed by local law-enforcement officials in a cooperative program to crack down on truants.
October 27, 1982 - Education Week
In response to cuts in federal impact aid, the Hawaii legislature has passed a bill stating that no state or local tax revenues may be used to educate "federally connected" children if the federal government's share of that cost falls below 50 percent.
May 5, 1982 - Education Week

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