He'e Coalition

Education Policy Notes

  1. HE’E Planning Meeting 4/8/2014

    April 29, 2014


    HE’E Policy Meeting

    April 8, 2014

    The Learning Coalition Office, 841 Bishop St. Suite 301

    9:00 -11:00 am



    Attendees: Ethan Allen, Susan Emley, Ethan Allan, Christina Simmons, Lauren Bear, Kelly Miyamura, Cheri Nakamura


    9:15-10:15 Policy Discussion

    Group reviewed remaining legislative bills

    Please see list of bills  at the following link: HE’E Legislative Update April 3, 2014.






  2. HE’E Planning Meeting 03/11/2014

    March 14, 2014


    HE’E Policy Meeting

    March 11, 2014

    The Learning Coalition Office, 841 Bishop St. Suite 301

    9:00 -11:00 am



    Attendees: Jim Shon, Susan Emley, Ethan Allan, Kathy Bryant, Mary Weir, and Christina Simmons


    9:15-10:15 Policy Discussion

    Group reviewed Early Learning and Instructional Hour Bills


    HE’E Legislative Update March 10, 2014



    Guest Speaker Ideas

    • Ola Screening—Group wants to pursue






  3. HE’E Planning Meeting 02/11/2014


    HE’E Policy Meeting

    February 11, 2014

    The Learning Coalition Office, 841 Bishop St. Suite 301

    9:00 -11:00 am


    9:15-10:15 Policy Discussion


    Mary Weir, Wendy Nakasone, Kelly Miyamura, Sue Emley, Kathy Bryant, Cheri Nakamura


    Legislative Priorities

    1. Early Education
      1. Mandatory K
      2. Public School Facilities
      3. Family Child Interactive
      4. Comprehensive Early Ed System
      5. Instructional Hour
      6. Air Conditioning
      7. Superintendent’s Salary
      8. After School


    • Communications
    • Gifts, Charitable Contributions



    • Grant Chun
    • Fun 5



    10:15- HE‘E Projects


    • School Report Card-David Moyer
      • PPS Middle School
      • JVEF
      • Common Core
      • FS Partnership EOEL-Toolkit
      • Private Schools with Public Purpose



    Guest Speaker Ideas

    • Ola Screening
    • BOE Member






  4. Planning/Policy Meeting 01/08/2014

    January 13, 2014


    HE’E Policy Meeting

    January 8, 2014

    The Learning Coalition Office, 841 Bishop St. Suite 301



    Attendees:  Meg McCormick (Learning 1st), Mike Wooten (Learning 1st), Susan Emley (PPS), Karen Ginoza (FACE), Jacce Mikulanec  (GBA), PJ Foehr, Kathy Bryant (HE‘E), Cheri Nakamura (HE‘E)


    4:15-5:00 Policy Discussion

    Legislative Priorities

    Cheri shared with members prospective bills discussed in a meeting with Education Chairs, Senator Jill Tokuda and Representative Roy Takumi.

    1. Constitutional Amendment—Enabling Legislation—it is not required but will probably be introduced.

    Jacce Mickulanec of Good Beginnings Alliance (GBA) gave background on how GBA has been involved in Early Learning Advocacy.  GBA has just formed a 501 c(4) to lead campaign for Constitutional Amendment. Coalition still has questions about the amendment. Group decided to wait to see the language of enabling legislation.

    1. Mandatory Kindergarten—Will be introduced to support the Early Learning Initiatives

    Group supportive of idea.  Looks forward to language of bill. Karen Ginoza mentioned that Home School Community in the past has strongly opposed this idea, even though they have the ability to opt-out.

    1. Representative Woodson’s bill—improve school websites—must include school org chart, have schools list ways they are engaging with community, portal for teacher interaction.

    Group thought that while intent for some of the points was good, implementation would be very difficult. Members didn’t agree with section about establishing a pilot project to assist students in achieve annual goals under Common CoreGroup thought it might be worthwhile to meet with Representative Woodson to see where ideas came from.

    1. Air Conditioning–

    Representative Ohno hosting a meeting at 4:00pm, Thursday, January 9.

    1. Family Leave—There are a number of “leave” bills in the works so it might be difficult to introduce as a stand alone bill this session.

    Group will take a look at prospective “leave” bills to see if family school leave could be added.

    1. Youth Risk Behavior Survey—bill to change statute for parents to “opt-out” rather than require parents to give consent to have student complete the survey

    Group supportive of idea


    5:00-5:30 HE‘E Projects

    Cheri described the activities that she has been involved with, representing the Coalition. Asked members for feedback on whether they wanted to be involved or thought it was worthwhile for HE‘E to participate.



    Group was neutral on continuing participation in JVEF


    EOEL Family School Partnership

    Members were interested in continuing the work and participating


    After School Network – Tuesdays

    Members thought it was a good idea to make sure after school programs were of good quality


    DOE Website Feedback

    Group enthusiastically wanted to give feedback and is eager to start an online discussion.


    5:30-5:45 Other Items

    Guest Speaker Ideas-Tom Hutton of Charter School Commission

    Group was interested in hearing an update about the status of Charter Schools





  5. Planning/Policy Meeting 12/11/2013

    December 26, 2013

    HE’E Policy Meeting

    December 11, 2013

    The Learning Coalition Office, 841 Bishop St. Suite 301



    Attendees:  Mike Wooten (Learning 1st), Meg McCormick (Learning 1st), Karen Ginoza (FACE), Mary Weir (FACE), Kathy Bryant (HE‘E), Sue Emley (PPS), Lauren Baer (TLC), Paula Adams (Kaho’omiki)


    4:00 Welcome


    4:00-4:15 Sharing Common Core Meeting in Chicago


    Cheri shared her experience about Common Core meeting in Chicago at the end of October.  She commented that Hawaii was ahead of a lot of other states and did not face the kind of opposition that other states were experiencing with Tea Party groups.


    Teacher members expressed comments about Hawaii’s implementation. One member felt that implementation is poor as there is no training or collaboration. Data teams are rushed-not enough time given to analyze data.


    Another member mentioned implementation of Effective Education System—EES uses trainers of Coaches within schools—thought that it would be good to have these kinds of coaches for Common Core.


    Coaches would allow feedback and hopefully be a pathway for other supports, in particular, collaboration and training.


    Another teacher member thought that Common Core would be better than the former system, initially, but now believe that it is basically the same, with the assessments being the emphasis, and teachers continuing to teach to the test.



    4:15-5:00 Policy Discussion

    • Governor’s Office-Early Learning

    Staff reported that Governor’s priority would be on Early Learning in 2014.

    • DOE Budget/Air Conditioning

    Corey Rosenlee reported that he was in discussion with HSTA on air conditioning legislation

    • Family School Leave

    Some proposals included 4 hours 2x a year, paid, or 8 hours unpaid.

    • Social Justice

    Staff reported update on last Bullying Task Force Meeting—that Suicide Prevention Task Force head wants to start a sub group on school safety.



    Meeting Adjourned 5:00pm


  6. Planning/Policy Meeting 11/13/2013

    December 8, 2013


    HE’E Planning Meeting

    November 13, 2013

    The Learning Coalition Office, 841 Bishop St. Suite 301



    Attendees: Marlene Zeug (DOE), Susan Young (C4), Cynthia Okazaki (PACT), Herb Lee (PAF), Paula Adams (Kahoomiki), Mike Wooten (Learning 1st),  Bernadette Howard (UH CTE), Cary Miyashiro (HawaiiUSA),  Jenny Lee (Appleseed), Kathy Bryant (HE“E), Cheri Nakamura (HE‘E), Jennifer Dang (DOE), Sheila O’Keefe (Aloha Center), Chris Miller (Aloha Center), Michele Wilson (Family Hui),

    4:00-4:10 Welcome


    4:10-5:00 Members of the Castle Redesign Team


    Castle Presentation is here.


    5:00-5:10 Break/Announcements


    5:10-6:00 Policy Discussion

    • Afterschool Network

    Paula Adams spoke about support for the Afterschool Network, which is a national network looking to expand to Hawaii.  The network aims at a K-12 target, with district coordinators, staff, professional development and training. She informed the group that the Lt. Gov’s REACH program, targeting Middle School, received a $150,000 appropriation from the Legislature to establish a network.  However, it only targets middle school.  Members felt it would be best to build a relationship with the Lt. Gov’s office, as seeking an appropriation for K-12 network would be difficult.


    • Air Conditioning

    Mike Wooten spoke on behalf of Corey Rosenlee about the prospective air conditioning actions.  One option under consideration is a resolution, to mandate that schools follow OSHA standards for temperature control, which is 68-76 degrees Fahrenheit.  The outcome of a resolution might be to establish a BOE policy. Members thought it was a noble idea, but without funding accompanying it, then it would be an unfunded mandate—policy makers would not want to pass if they new they could not comply.


    Another option would be to ask legislature for an appropriation. However, it is not clear how much the actual cost will be for air conditioning the system. DOE reported it would take $1.2 billion, which includes the air conditioning machines and solar photovoltaic panels. Advocates are still trying to get more transparency on this.


    Members though it might be useful to do a needs assessment. Others thought in order to win grassroots support, the movement would need to be run like a campaign.


    • Other topics

    Mike also brought up problems with lawn mowing—how the sound of the machines disrupts the learning environment. Also, the need for funding on behavioral supports/character education, as well as triangular teacher professional development.


    6:00 Meeting Adjourned





  7. Strive HI Performance System Support Letter

    September 5, 2013

    Please see Strive HI Performance Support Letter (shortened version) for Letter to the Editor  here.

    Please see Strive HI Performance Support Letter (long version) for BOE and DOE here.

  8. Planning Meeting Notes 3/12/13

    March 26, 2013


    HE’E Planning Meeting

    March 12, 2013

    The Learning Coalition Office, 841 Bishop St. Suite 301



    Objective: To give an update to full Coalition on Legislative policy/initiatives. Update on member activities. 

    Meeting notes posted on http://heecoalition.org/resources/hee-meeting-notes/. Email archives on http://heecoalition.org/resources/hee-email-newsletter-archive



    Jacce Mikulanec (GBA), Dave Tom (US Navy), Melly Wilson (PREL), Calvin Endo (PTSA), Mary Weir (FACE), Kanoe Naone (INPEACE), Vanessa Ott by phone, Susan Emley (PPS), Kathy Bryant (HE‘E), Cheri Nakamura (HE‘E).


    Update on HE‘Es Legislative Actions

    Early Learning

    • SB1093/SB1095 update from Jacce Mikulanec

    Jacce reported that the three senate bills are progressing. Kanoe Naone spoke about INPEACE’s testimony on having Family Child Interaction Learning Programs as part of the new early learning system. She will share testimony. Staff will see if members would like to support.


    Instructional Hour

    • SB238  Update from committee members

    Kathy Bryant shared that HE‘E’s testimony tried to clear up ambiguity in what would be considered a General Learning Outcome with suggested amendments to the bill. If language is left as is, then it may be difficult for DOE staff to create bell schedules to be compliant with the law.

    21st Century Schools

    • SB237/HB865 update from Kathy Bryant

    Kathy Bryant reported that SB237 and HB865 are still alive, SB putting governance with the Lt. Governor’s Office, HB putting governance with the DOE/BOE.


    Family-School Partnerships

    • SCR49

    Cheri Nakamura gave an update on new resolution SCR49, a continuation of SCR79.  Coalition would support initiative if resolution is heard.


    Truancy working group for elementary schools

    • HB190

    Cheri reported that the bill crossed over but a hearing has not been set yet.


    Safe Schools/Mandatory Kindergarten/Family School Partnership


    Cheri reported that bill pertaining to the above topics have died this session, but we will follow up on the issues for next session.


    Potential BOE Actions

    Cheri informed the group that comments would be drafted regarding the bell discussion from the last meeting. Vanessa Ott remarked that she was not against the intent of action, but wanted to make sure there was a democratic process for teachers.


    Cheri also relayed the concerns of Nicole Ryan, a Hawaii Island teacher concerned about the amount of testing and the upcoming Common Core. The BOE is also addressing assessments so we will follow up on the issue.


    HE’E Survey

    HE‘E Survey has been distributed.


    Visit with VPs on Bullying

    • March 27 12:30-1:15, Kaimuki High, Honolulu District VPs


    Member News Events and Meetings


    • Early Learning Rally March 14 Capitol-INPEACE
    • Smithsonian Workshop March 14, 4:00-7:00 at UH Architecture Auditorium
    • Large Group Meeting April 3, 4:30-6:30 at JCC. P-20 and Philosophy for Children will present


    Meeting adjourned at 5:30pm

  9. Planning Meeting Notes 2/12/2013

    February 27, 2013



    HE’E Planning Meeting

    February 12, 2013

    The Learning Coalition Office, 841 Bishop St. Suite 301

    9:00-11:00 am



    Objective: To give an update to full Coalition on Legislative policy/initiatives. Update on member activities. 

    Attendees: Craig Crisler (Hyperspective Studios), Karen Ginoza (FACE), Margaret Higa (HIDA), Jenny Lee (HI Appleseed Center), Kim Kepner-Sybounmy (Innovative Education), PJ Foehr (Foehrward Thnking Consulting) Melly Wilson PREL, Vanessa Ott, Sue Emley (PPS). Kathy Bryant (HE‘E), Cheri Nakamura (HE‘E), Lauren Baer (TLC), Matt Lorin (TLC)


    9:00-9:30 Update on HE‘Es Legislative Actions

    Early Learning

    • SB1084/HB853 Early Childhood (ConAm)—HE‘E no comment
    • SB1093/HB862 School Readiness Program—HE‘E submitted testimony in support
    • SB1095/HB864 Early Childhood Education Program—HE‘E submitted testimony in support. Passed both house and senate committee hearings with amendments. HE‘E continues to follow.


    Jacce from GBA was not able to attend so group did not have an update about this legislation.


    Family School Partnership Act

    • SB562/HB745 Family School Leave—HE‘E introduced to Senator Tokuda who introduced bill.  HE‘E asked Representative Ohno to introduce to the House, and he did. HE‘E submitted testimony in support. Suggested in testimony to keep requirements same as California Law.   Staff also visited Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development and Competitiveness committee and received comments. BOE Member Charlene Cuaresma submitted testimony as a private citizen.  Passed senate committees with amendments-suggest a review from the Legislative Review Bureau on a study to find out more information.

    Group was fine with the LRB review. It will give us opportunity to help formulate questions and drive research.


    Instructional Hour

    SB238/HB60 Instructional Hour–One bill for instructional hour—HE‘E submitted testimony in support with some recommendations. Passed house committee with amendments. Passed senate committee un-amended.

    Both bills kept activities related to GLOs as part of the definition.  Keep following.

    21st Century Schools

    • SB237/HB278 Public School Land Leases (Pilot)—HE‘E submitted testimony with suggested amendments
    • SB1096/HB865 21st Century School –HE‘E submitted testimony with suggested amendments

    Suggested amendments stressed the importance of stakeholder engagement in the process.

    Group agreed to recommend that criteria/guidelines to ensure community engagement are included in the legislation.

    9:30-10:00 Possible HE‘E Legislative BOE/DOE Actions Update

    Safe Schools

    • SB525/HB397 Safe Schools Act
    • SB523/HB618 Peer Education—Appropriations
    • SB938 Peaceful Schools Program—Appropriations

    Group agreed to support-send email to Sen Tokuda and Rep Takumi

    • HB237/SB419Appropriates funds to the DOE for 2 additional alternative schools to facilitate the ongoing education of juveniles involved in the justice system

    Group agreed to support-send testimony

    • HB190—Establishes a working group administratively attached to the judiciary to study methods to prevent or control truancy in elementary schools, including the creation of a community truancy board

    Group agreed to support-send testimony

    Mandatory Kindergarten

    • SB387/HB609 Mandatory Kindergarten


    Kanoe Naone commented that principals on West side have expressed having attendance problems because Kindergarten is not mandatory. Group agreed to support idea.


    Letter to BOE on Bell Schedules—repeal 2/3 vote criteria

    One of the issues raised by the Coalition during last session was the frustration experienced by SCCs and principals in trying to change bell schedules.  Currently, any change requires a 2/3 majority vote by teachers.  This requirement has made it very difficult for schools to make adjustments to schedules even when the change has broad parent support.  With the implementation of the principal evaluation process, allowing principals the ability to manage the bell schedule seems appropriate.  Since the teacher contract is currently under negotiation, should the Coalition send a letter to the BOE/DOE suggesting that the 2/3 majority vote be removed from the next contract?


    Kim Kempner-Sybounmy explained that when she was working on a school restructuring, the restructuring plan included changes in the bell schedule. All the work done in planning were lost when the teacher vote failed by a 2-3 votes.


    Vanessa Ott countered saying that if a principal could not get a 2/3 vote, it means they are not collaborative.


    Karen Ginoza added that what she hears from the field is that principals often give top-down directives that aren’t collaborative.


    Group will continue discussion next planning meeting

    10:00-10:30  Recommendations for Legislative action from Outside Groups

    • HB675 on Dyslexia–Promotes awareness of the definition and characteristics of dyslexia and other similar learning disorders. Requires DOE to provide professional development to teachers relating to students with dyslexia. Requires the Hawaii teachers standards board to establish licensure standards for reading specialists. The committee(s) on EDN recommend(s) that the measure be deferred until 02-13-13 2:00PM. 

    Margaret Higa from HIDA gave an update on the bill. The bill we be deferred this session, but HIDA will work on having a senate concurrent resolution. She will keep Coalition posted on progress.


    • HB1368 on Raising GE Tax for Public Education (Work to the Rules Movement)– Increases the General Excise Tax and Use Tax for certain, specified services and commodities by one percent. Directs the realizations of twenty percent of such taxes to the Department of Education for the operations of the Department under state law.

    The committees on EDB recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS.

    Cheri gave a recap of the hearing, and explained the bill was amended, taking out the specific % increase, and specific allocation to DOE.  Asked Coalition if they wouldn’t mind having some afternoon meetings to allow teacher participation—no one had a problem with having some meetings in the afternoon.


    10:40-11:00 Honolulu Magazine Victoria Wiseman on School Safety


    Group like the representative Coalition answers.






  10. Special Meeting 12/18/2012

    January 11, 2013


    HE’E’s Special Meeting

    21st Century Schools and Middle School Attendance

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at The Learning Coalition  

    Attendees: Janelle Oishi (Alliance for Healthier Generation), Takashi Ohno (State House Representative), Mary Weir (FACE), Karen Ginoza (FACE), Victor Geminiani (Hawaii Appleseed Center), Jennifer Dang (HCNP), Kimberly Kepner (Innovation Education Consultancy), Cherilyn Inouye (Kanu Hawaii), Daniel Lin (PREL), Susan Emley (Parents for Public School), Zach Dilonno (Parents for Public School), Tom Hutton (Patterson, Buchanan, Fobes and Leitch), Susan Rocco (SPIN), Liane Akana (DOE), Laura Cobert (Voyager), Mary Beth Barr (Voyager), Diane Tanbagay (YMCA), Annie Peterson (Kuhio Park Terrace), Alan Oshima (HIPA), Bill Kaneko (HIPA) Nonie Toledo (HIPA), Kathy Bryant (HIPA), Ray L’Heureux (DOE), Stephen Bingler (Concordia), Bobbie Hill (Concordia), Deborah Spencer-Chun (Adult Friends for Youth), David Hipp (DHS), Cheri Nakamura (HE’E)


    9:00-10:00: Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs (HIPA)’s Alan Oshima and Bill Kaneko and DOE’s Assistant Superintendent of Facilities and Support Services Ray L’Heureux on 21st Century Schools


    See link to Project Paper

    10:00-11:00:  Deborah Spencer Chun, President and CEO of Adult Friends for Youth, and David Hipp, Executive Director of Office of Youth Services, Department of Human Services, on Middle School Absenteeism


    See link to Charter and Action Plan for Project