He'e Coalition

Education Policy Notes

  1. Social Justice Meeting 11/20/2012

    November 27, 2012

    HE’E Social Justice Meeting

    November 20, 2012

    The Learning Coalition Office, 841 Bishop St. Suite 301

    9:00-1030 am



    Objective: To finalize recommendations to full Coalition on safe school policy/initiatives


    Points to cover during meeting

    • Recap meeting with HIDOE on Nov 5 and conference call with USDOE on Nov 12
    • Review data
      • HE‘E compilation of data from DoSomething org
      • Other data
      • Review bullying bill from Bullying Task Force
      • Review other national model examples
      • Next steps


    For detailed notes, please contact Cheri Nakamura at cheri@heecoalition.org

  2. Policy/Social Justice Meeting 10/17/2012

    November 13, 2012


    HE’E Policy/Social Justice Committee Meeting

    October 17, 2012

    The Learning Coalition Office, 841 Bishop St. Suite 301





    Attendees:  Zach Dilonno (Appleseed/PPS), Jenny Lee (Appleseed), Victor Geminani (Appleseed), Karen Ginoza (FACE), Mary Weir (FACE), Clif Tanabe (UH College of Education), Christina Simmons (PACT), Kay Fukuda (UH/Waianae Place-Based Alliance), Kimberly Kepner-Sybounmy, Jacce Mikulanec (GBA), Deborah Zysman (GBA), Calvin Endo (Hawaii State PTSA)  Erin Conner (Senator Tokuda’s Office), Matt Lorin (TLC) , Kathy Bryant (HE‘E), Cheri Nakamura (HE‘E), Lauren Baer (TLC)


    9:00-9:10 Welcome and introductions. The purpose of this meeting is for the policy team and social justice workgroup members to give an update on their work and decide on policy recommendations to make to the full coalition.


    9:10-9:25:  Kathy Bryant–introduction of California Family School Partnership Act


    Kathy described the California Act and explained it might be timely given the work HE‘E and the SCR79 policy group are accomplishing with the HIDOE and BOE on family-school partnerships.  The law allows parents to take off work to attend school events, up to 40 hours a year.


    Kimberly Kepner-Sybounmy thought that 40 hours a year would be a lot for employers. Cheri Nakamura mentioned that the policy makers could put the California law into a Hawaii bill template, and we could adjust the details. Victor Geminiani asked if there would be any downside. Kathy felt that generally there wouldn’t be a downside among families and schools but there may be opposition from businesses. Zach Dilonno asked who is meant to be the target population. Kathy thought that the least engaged parent group—low income or immigrant group—would likely be the target population.   Zach thought that engaging the business community might be a good idea first before going ahead with action. This way they would not caught off guard if legislation is suddenly introduced. The group thought this was a good idea. A follow up could be done with the Chamber of Commerce—they have an education branch within the Chamber.  Christina Simmons commented that even if a law is passed, proper communication channels to families is essential. Victor also mentioned that Hawaii already has a “Family Leave Act,” whereby employers are required to allow time off for family health emergencies. Karen Ginoza said that it would also be worthwhile to get principals’ and teachers’ perspective on the law.  Zach added that it would be a good idea to list all the parent/family meetings/events that a school might have which would require parent participation, i.e., parent/teacher conferences, co-curricular events, etc.  Kathy asked Erin Conner from Senator Tokuda’s office by when a template would need to be submitted for the upcoming session. Erin said if they drafted it by mid-December, they would be in good shape, but the earlier the better.


    9:25-9:40: Discussion on early learning


    Jacce Mikulanec gave a Good Beginning Alliance (GBA) perspective on the early learning situation—everyone is waiting for details from the Governor’s plan. GBA’s understanding is that the Governor’s plan will cover the lowest income children first. It will all depend on how much money is going to be appropriated. It appears that subsidies will go to pre-school providers, which will make it a public-private partnership. The state is doing a survey now, asking pre-schools what there capacity is, though it is only asking for current capacity—not additional capacity.  Christina mentioned that there are home visit programs for rural areas that might qualify as vendors. The target is for half of the 5100 late born four-year olds, so around 2700 children. There has not been much information to the public at this point on the upcoming ending of junior kindergarten or the prospective plan.


    Kathy reminded everyone that HE‘E supported SB2545 on early learning, and that HE‘E was one of the only advocacy groups against getting rid of junior kindergarten.  The law says nothing about extending junior kindergarten if the transition plan is not complete.  As far as the Governor’s plan, we could either agree if we felt it was sufficient or disagree if we did not think it went far enough.  Matt Lorin asked if it was necessary to wait for the Governor’s plan to be released. Kathy asked if GBA could draft a position statement so we could circulate to members. GBA agreed and will send a draft to HE‘E.


    9:40-9:55: Discussion on instructional time


    Kathy gave some background on the instructional hour issue. Senator Tokuda mentioned that they might take a look at the legislation again. Last year, the legislation focused on having a number of set bell schedules to help get the secondary schools in compliance with the law. One of the obstacles of changing the bell schedule is a school must get a 2/3 majority vote from teachers to change the bell schedule—this is according to collective bargaining. The HSTA was against the bill last year, which is one reason why the bill died.


    Kathy suggested that HE‘E ask Senator Tokuda/Representative Takumi for an update on where schools are on compliance of the law.  It would be the secondary schools, since all of the elementary schools are in compliance.  Then we could assess if we wanted to reintroduce the bill or support a subsequent bill to last year’s bill.  Kimberly asked to be kept posted on this issue.


    9:55-10:25: Zach Dilonno–Importance of school safety and discussion on safe schools


    Zach Dilonno proposed a potential partnership with HE‘E and Appleseed looking at school safety. Already, Appleseed is working on a number of projects concerning the HIDOE on school discipline, English language learners and school breakfast. They have asked HIDOE to provide data on disciplinary incidents tied to ethnicity. Meanwhile, it was learned that the HIDOE is under a compliance review by the USDOE Office of Civil Rights. One of the recommendations made by the USDOE is for HIDOE to partner with community groups to understand what is the root cause of bullying and how to address the issue—sharing best practices, identifying preventative measures, etc. Zach felt that HE‘E would be a great community group to participate because of its broad reach the community and because of HE‘E’s charge, which is to engage families.   Appleseed is already pursuing its own project on school discipline but for this initiative, they could engage as a partner with HE‘E, contributing research and data.


    The next step would be meeting with the DOE to understand their processes around safe schools.


    Kay Fukuda who works on the Waianae Coast said that there are a number of native Hawaiian groups that are working with troubled kids to help them find their identity, culturally and spiritually.  She offered to make introductions to these groups. Other members talked about identifying schools that are doing a good job with school safety and sharing best practices. Christina talked about an example of security in the hallways that helped improved the environment of a particular urban school. The group also agreed that families could be involved. Clif Tanabe challenged the group-even if a partnership developed and we came up with some strategies, then what?  Zach responded with we could at least start with the implementation of these strategies. Karen Ginoza feels that students need to be involved—we should work with the State Student Council.  Kathy mentioned that the BOE is also focused on safe schools—the topic came up at the Student Achievement Committee (SAC) meeting as they were reviewing indicators in the Strategic Plan.  She also invited members to attend the SAC meeting, which is every 3rd Tuesday.


    Kathy asked which organizations/people would be interested in meeting with DOE.   Victor, Karen, Kay, Clif, and Zach indicated they were interested.


    10:25-10:40: Discussion on any other policy topic


    Kathy Bryant introduced a topic that was brought up at the SAC meeting on Tuesday—school attendance.  There is a statute, which penalizes parents if they do not get their child to school on a regular basis, or not following the Department’s compulsory attendance policy.  However, it appears that often, courts deny schools when they try to file a petition against a parent. Also, it appears that the petition cannot be filed until the end of the school year.  Kathy thought it might be a good idea to look in to why petitions were being denied—maybe there is a way to unblock the obstacles.  The group agreed that we should investigate a bit more. It was also a good opportunity to look at alternative strategies to prevent absenteeism.  Matt mentioned the Collective Impact group as a resource.



    10:40-10:55: Cheri Nakamura–update on Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 79 on Family Engagement


    Cheri gave a short summary of HE‘E’s participation in the SCR79 workgroup. The workgroup is made up of organizations that came together to work on tasks outlined in the first family engagement resolution, SCR145, and the subsequent resolution, SCR79. She shared that the group has completely revised one of the BOE’s policy on parent involvement, and also is working on recommendations on targets and measures in the DOE’s strategic plan where family-school partnerships are concerned.



    10:55-11:00: Closing













  3. Planning/Policy Meeting 10/09/12

    October 11, 2012

     HE’E Meeting with Policy Makers

    Guest Speakers: Senator Jill Tokuda, Representative Roy Takumi, Senior Analyst Kate Stanley, Executive Office of Early Learning Director Terry Lock


    October 9, 2012 10am-12pm


    The Learning Coalition Office, 841 Bishop St. Suite 301



    Attendees: Zach Dilonno (PPS), Sue Emley (PPS), Karen Ginoza (FACE), Thomas Hutton, Cherilyn Inouye (Kanu Hawaii), Jacob Karasik (TFA), Tamsin Keone (US Army), Jaccee Mikulanec (GBA), Cary Miyashiro (Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union),  Byron Nagasako (US Army), Wendy Nakasone (US Army), Bill Reeves (TLC), Susan Rocco (SPIN), Clif Tanabe (UH College of Education), Dave Tom (GBA), Mary Weir (FACE), Pamela Young, Kimberly Kepner-Syborney (Innovative Educational Consulting), Cynthia Okazaki (PACT), Victor Geminiani (LEJ), Jenny Lee (LEJ), Jennifer Dang (DOE).





    10:00-10:10 Welcome and Short Introduction







    I.                    Senator Jill Tokuda shared about upcoming legislation.


    a.       There is one education committee in the Senate, emphasizing a continuum from Early Childhood through University of Hawaii.


    b.      Important Upcoming Issues:


                                                                   i.      Implementation of the first stages of a publicly funded Early Learning System


                                                                 ii.      Continued work on Charter School governance reforms


    1.       The National Association of Charter School Authorizers is helping with this transition


    2.       Half a million dollars are set aside to make the transition seamless


                                                                iii.      Instructional time


    1.       The Bell Schedule Bill died on the House floor in the last session


    2.       The goal is to revive the bill, parceling it out into bell schedules and instructional time


                                                               iv.      School Buses


    1.       A significant budgetary shortfall led to cuts in services


    2.       Consultants are coming to help revamp the system in November


                                                                 v.      A better procurement process


                                                               vi.      Family School Partnership Act


    1.       California’s Act brought to attention by Kathy Bryant


    2.       Work with employers to ensure that parents can engage with schools






    II.                  Kate Stanley and Terry Lock shared about the Governor’s priorities.


    a.       Kate Stanley presented the Governor’s priorities for Budget and Legislation:


                                                                   i.      The State’s unfunded liability: inability to fund pensions and health benefits


                                                                 ii.      Health transformation: deadlines to ensure ObamaCare is fully implemented


                                                                iii.      Early Childhood Development and Learning: public funds need to be dedicated to our youngest citizens. Initiatives are located in the DoH; home visits and the Obesity Taskforce will be important aspects.


                                                               iv.      Kate Stanley mentioned that the Governor asks departments to work with stakeholders in regard to all of these issues. The Governor does not want to reach so high that nothing is accomplished; he and his team think that the proposed request is achievable. However, it has been a challenge to communicate the importance of Early Learning to the Legislature, and there has not been a lot of excitement.


    b.      Terry Lock shared about the Executive Office of Early Learning.


                                                                   i.      The six year implementation plan will be built on the public and private sector that are already in place.


    1.       Hawaii is one of only eleven states that currently does not have a publically funded Early Learning program.


    2.       The Council has undergone a fiscal mapping process.


    3.       The plan will ensure strong family engagement standards, will connect with Common Core, will consider the transition to preschool, and will potentially expand Head Start to include more than the current 25% of all eligible.


    4.       Access must be balanced with quality through both incentives and guidelines.


    5.       The larger strategic plan covers prenatal to eight years old and includes health and development.


    6.       It will be a voluntary, not mandated, program.






    III.                Representative Roy Takumi provided some background on the Early Learning program. He gave the history of Junior Kindergarten in Hawaii, leading to its recent end. Previously, Hawaii had the youngest kids in Kindergarten in the country, and there were consequences to that. A decision was made that children must be five years old to enter Kindergarten, but the end of Junior Kindergarten has resulted in a situation where several families who were planning to send kids to JK now have no options. A challenge for the Early Learning system will be to address the needs of this group. We need to be proactive rather than reactive, but it is far more difficult to start something new than to expand something that already exists.






    IV.                Question & Answer


    a.       The Office of Early Learning will be located in the Governor’s office until 2015 when it will move to the DOE.


    b.      Policy makers are following up on RTTT reforms.


    c.       Low income is the federal mandate for Head Start, so middle class families with two working parents do not qualify. However, childcare costs need to reflect the cost of living; some subsidies are available and tax credits are being explored, but this would be several years down the road. Providing options for the working class is a large priority but also a large challenge.


    d.      The Early Learning standards are being developed along with P3. Diane Young, the Early Childhood Specialist, is also at the table. There is dialogue about things that cross-sector so that the welfare of the whole child is ensured.


    e.      Bullying is an ongoing issue and a major concern. Senator Tokuda said that this has been left at the DOE and BOE level because policies, which can be adapted, are more appropriate than statutes for this issue. The Department should be empowered to live up to the mandate but not micro-managed.  Representative Takumi noted that bullying is a problem outside of the school too. It is a difficult issue because when it happens at school it’s called “bullying” but outside of school it’s “part of life.” It is also hard to determine what constitutes bullying. However, crimes are being committed, and this is a societal issue that is not just for schools but also perhaps for the Judiciary Committee.


    f.        The Legislature has not spoken with HSTA about instruction time this summer, not intentionally. If the bell schedule were aligned with transportation, millions of dollars would be saved. Additionally, some restructuring schools are counting on the Bell Schedule Bill.


    g.       Kate Stanley closed with a call for HE’E members to make an effort to support the Early Learning Initiative.



    11:30-12:00 Networking



    12:00pm Meeting Adjourned




  4. Planning/Policy Meeting 9/11/12

    September 18, 2012

    HE’E Planning Meeting

    September 11, 2012 9-11am

    The Learning Coalition Office, 841 Bishop St. Suite 301


    Attendees:  Mary Wier (FACE), Karen Ginoza (FACE), Jaccee Mikulanec (GBA) Deborah Zysman (GBA), Crystal Kua (GBA) Jennifer Ryan (DOH), Alex Teece (TFA), Kelly Miyamura (TFA), Jacob Karasik (TFA), Susan Emley, Jennifer Dang, Bill Reeves (TLC), Debbie Berger (TLC), Clif Tanabe (LGN), Craig Crisler, Lauren Baer (TLC), Matt Lorin (TLC), Janelle Oishi (Alliance for a Healthier Generation), Cheri Nakamura (HE‘E)


    9:00-9:10 Welcome and short introduction

    9:10-9:30 GBA Early Learning Policy-Deborah Zysman and Jacce Mikulanec

    Jacce and Deborah introduced themselves and presented their vision for what is ahead for early learning.  GBA is waiting to see what Terry Lock and Early Learning Advisory Lab propose. They will be supportive of the Governor’s plan. But, because GBA is a grassroots advocacy group, if Governor’s proposal is not sufficient, Be My Voice campaign will advocate for more.  Polls suggest that public feels positively about a pubic pre-school program. Polls indicate that they would be willing to support a tax increase that will go towards funding a public pre-Kindergarten program though income tax increase, soda tax and a lottery.   GBA is looking at models in Georgia, Iowa and Oklahoma for funding mechanism examples.

    Governor’s plan appears to be targeting a $12-20 million plan for a pilot. Plan should be presented at the end of September.  They will target all free and reduced lunch children. Previous estimates on funding all 5000-6000 displaced four year olds –funding 80% would cost $60 million—This is why Be My Voice Campaign is shoring up now.

    Karen Ginoza from FACE said that they are looking for ways to engage parents so they will be in touch.

    GBA will be one of the sponsors in some upcoming candidate forums:

    October 7-Senate Candidates

    October 17-Waianae

    October 18-Windward

    9:30-9:45 Obesity Task Force Progress-Wellness Policy-Jennifer Ryan

    Jennifer Ryan from DOH gave members an update of the work of the Obesity Task Force.

    Priorities include:

    1. Early Childhood Focus

    2. School Age Children-PE Requirements

    3. Middle School –only 1 credit required in 4 years

    In middle and elementary school, PE is not a required course. However, it is a standard so these items are not aligned.

    Data collection is also a priority. However, students are not required to have a physical exam because insurance does not always pay for an exam. There is an evaluation called fitnessgram, and there is a movement to make this a standard.

    Jennifer distributed a table outlining possible legislation to address childhood obesity. Please note that these are just policy models and not necessarily current initiatives. Click on  Education Feasibility and Impact Chart.

    9:45-10:00 School Leadership-Jacob Karasik


    Jacob Karasik, presented on the future of Hawaii’s school leadership urging HE’E members to consider supporting changes that would add depth to the applicant pool for vacant principal positions. The points were raised because a 2010 study by the castle foundation found that a significant number of school leaders are eligible for retirement. Jacob will continue to pressure test ideas and is open for feedback and help. You can contact him at Jacob.karasik@teachforamerica.org if you would like to be involved.

    10:00-10:15 SCR79-Update from Cheri

    Workgroup has produced two recommendations:

    1. Revised Family-School Partnerships Policy and Rationale

    2. Family Engagement Indicators and Rationale

    Workgroup hopes to present to BOE for approval in the next month.

    10:15-10:30 Member updates

    10:30-11:00 Networking and Other Business

    Next meeting on October 9 with policy makers.

    Meeting Adjourned 11:00am

  5. Policy/Planning Team Meeting 5/8/12

    May 11, 2012

    HE’E Policy/Planning Meeting

    May 8, 2012 Tuesday, 1:00-3:00 pm

    The Learning Coalition Office, 841 Bishop St. Suite 301





    1. Cynthia Okazaki (PACT)
    2. Dave Tom (GBA)
    3. Clif Tanabe (LNG)
    4. Mary Weir (FACE)
    5. Karen Ginoza (FACE)
    6. Jessica Wong-Sumida (Autism Society of Hawaii)
    7. Chris Jackson (HeadStart)
    8. Ann Davis (HEM)
    9.  Melanie Bailey
    10. Matt Lorin (TLC)
    11. Kathy Bryant (HE‘E)
    12. Cheri Nakamura (HE‘E)


    1:00-1:45:              Review of 2012 legislative session and next steps for BOE and legislature

    • SCR79 :  Family engagement follow-up

    The purpose of the resolution as to continue the implementation recommendations established in the report submitted to the legislature.  DOE will be hosting a meeting with staff, BOE representatives, and HE’E, HEM and the PTSA.  The meeting will focus on how DOE will move forward and what the supporting groups can do to assist.  An update will be provided to the HE’E Policy Group following that meeting.


    • Early Ed Advisory Committee Parent member:

    With passage of this bill the Early Education office will be established and funded.  A part of the bill was the formation of the Advisory Council which includes a parent representative.  At this time we don’t know the process for selecting the parent representative, or the timetable for the Council.  HE’E members commented that the Early Learning Council will become the Advisory Council plus the addition of 4 new positions.  They have a meeting scheduled on May 17th.  HE’E staff will write a letter to Terry Locke asking for information about the Council selection process, and the timeline for recommendations.

    • BOE Policy actions (instructional time, strategic plan, school safety, etc.)

    The Policy Team agreed to write a letter to the BOE asking the following:

    –       Status of safe school initiatives, character education curriculum, and any other activities underway to address bullying, cyber-bullying, Chapter 19 reporting around bullying, etc.  The BOE had made this a priority issue and the community has been waiting to see the results.   Hawaii is one of a few states without a Safe Schools Law, advocates have deferred to the BOE to take action, so it is a good time to check and see their progress.

    –       Will the BOE be working on a policy that defines “student instructional time” since the bill did not pass.

    –       Has the BOE requested an update from the DOE on the status of secondary schools in complying with Act 167?

    –       The group does want to stay informed about the bus funding.  They agree that it is a difficult issue.   There are issues of concern regarding pedestrian safety (some streets are very dangerous, neighborhoods without sidewalks, etc.), attendance issues, etc.

    –       The HE’E staff is meeting with Storyline Consulting which has been hired by DOE to assist with the Strat Plan.  If asked HE’E members are also willing to meet with the consultant and discuss the plan.

    –       All members are encouraged to participate in the online survey and make comments.

    1:45-2:15:             Questions for Assistant Superintendent Stephen Schatz

    In addition to the questions below, members were asked to submit any other questions to Cheri for submittal to Stephen in advance.

    Questions for Stephen Schatz:

    1.  What are the internal and external communication plans for RTTT and ESEA waiver and how will they be implemented?
    2. Please describe the major components of Hawaii’s ESEA waiver proposal.
    3. Testing is a big issue, particularly a desire to move away from the HSA.  How will growth be measured?  What will the testing components include (at the BOE Strategic Plan session in December you mentioned the ACT, ACTWorks, middle school program, etc. which seemed to be positively received by the members present).  We heard a presentation from the ACT representative at recent JVEF meeting.  She stated that only Moanalua High School currently uses the ACT resources.  How will any new testing method be implemented?
    4. How will the achievement gap be addressed?
    5. How will the community and families be able to give input?
    6. Do you favor increasing the Title 1 funds for Family Engagement from  1 to 2% as proposed in the Family Engagement Act?  What provisions are included for family engagement
    7. Regarding RTTT, what is the status of performance evaluations for teachers?

    2:15-2:30:            HE’E Internship Research Project:  input and agreement (see handout)

    The group discussed the proposed internship project.  They agreed that gathering baseline data and having some evidence of family engagement practices is a good starting point.  They are excited about the potential to have more research conducting to assist the group in making evidence based decisions.  They also like have examples of best practices and the opportunity to begin linking practices to student outcomes.  They also agreed that the first internship would be a learning experience and the group should be prepared to make adjustments as the project moves forward.  A member reminded the group that PCNCs are not at school until school starts so any conversations with them would have to be timed accordingly.  The advertisements will go out this week.

    Dave Tom volunteered to help draft the Scope of Work.  Anyone else interested should let Cheri know.

    2:30-2:45:              HR 50 discussion, led by Cliff Tanabe

    The resolution was written by a 3rd year law student.  He is interested in  addressing bullying issues specifically in high risk student populations such as the lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual student (LGBT) and students with disabilities.  These students have far higher incidents of bullying.  His resolution was not introduced this session.  The group discussed the issue.  It was brought to the group’s attention that the US DOE has launched a civil rights investigation in Hawaii as we have the highest per capita rate of teen attempting and committed suicide rate in the country.  The group wanted more info on that report and Matt offered to find it.  Secondly, the group agreed that the issue is one that should be brought to the BOE and the DOE as the resolution asked for curriculum to be developed.  The group decided to get the information from DOE on the character education curriculum to see if there is content specific to students with disabilities and LGBT students.  Finally, the group will get the civil rights investigation information and send to the group.

    2:45-3:00:              2012 Mom’s Congress Review, Melanie Bailey Hawaii Representative


    Melanie attended the Mom’s Congress in late April.  The congress was hosted by Parenting Magazine.  She said the event was very well organized and the representatives from each state were very interesting.  She gathered a lot of information about various initiatives in other states.  She was particularly interested in other states efforts around 3rd grade literacy.  Efforts to focus on getting students to grade level including partnerships with pediatricians who distribute 0-5 literacy milestones to parents at the baby check-ups, to laws that prohibit moving to the 4th grade if the student can’t read at 3rd grade level.  They had several excellent speakers and she encouraged HE’E to continue to find great Moms to attend each year.


    Meeting adjourned 3:00pm







  6. Policy Meeting Notes: 3/5/12

    March 11, 2012

    Policy Team Meeting March 5, 2012 4-5pm TLC Office


    Attendees: Jenn Dang, Dave Tom, Patrick Zukemura, Kathy Bryant, Cheri Nakamura


    Objective: Review all D1s and D2s for House Bills and Senate Bills


    1. Early Learning SB2545 SD2/ HB1683 HD1

    Senate Bill is more robust than House Bill, adding Office of Early Learning; House Bill only asks for elimination of Junior Kindergarten. Therefore, our comments would be directed to Senate Bill.  Group decided that Coalition would still oppose the elimination of Junior K. However, the revised bill does add in Section 1 (6), a requirement that an implementation plan and projected financials be done to ensure a transition from the junior kindergarten program to the keiki first steps program in the 2014 -15 school year. If Junior K could not be saved, then we would support this point and also insist that proper outreach be done with parents who would be affected by the elimination of junior kindergarten. Dave Tom agreed to draft the revised testimony.


    FACE will hold community meeting on Monday March 12 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at St. Elizabeth’s Parish to discuss elimination of Junior Kindergarten. They invited CAS from Farrington Complex and Terry Locke.


    1. Performance Management SB2789SD2/ HB2527 HD2
    2. Instructional Hour SB2535 SB2/ HB2007 HD1


    Group decided to support changes made in both drafts for both bills above. Testimony will be submitted with no revisions.


    Senate Resolution – follow up to SCR145

    Kathy Bryant, Cheri Nakamura and Gordon Miyamoto met with Senator Tokuda requesting for a follow up version to SCR145. While report to legislature from Department on SCR145 had some good recommendations, we want to make sure Department follows up with recommendations.



    Monday March 12, Senate Education Week time 9-10am in Conference Room 225. Planning Team Meeting to Follow at TLC Office from 1030-12.

  7. Policy Meeting Notes: 01/24/12

    February 7, 2012


    HE‘E Policy Meeting

    January 24, 4:00-6:00pm

    The Learning Coalition Office

    841 Bishop Street, Ste 301





    1. Patrick Zukemura (FACE)
    2. Cherilyn Inouye (AVID)
    3. Melly Wilson (PREL)
    4. Susan Sato (State Student Council)
    5. PJ Foehr
    6. Melanie Bailey
    7. Pamela Young
    8. Dave Tom
    9. Ku‘ulani Keohokaole (KS)
    10. 10.  Cheri Nakamura (HE‘E)
    11. 11.  Kathy Bryant (HE‘E)

    On January 10, Senator Tokuda and Kate Stanley reviewed the issues coming up in the legislative session. Policy Group discussed which issues would take priority.

    Topics HE‘E views as top priority


    1. Junior K


    Introduced by Senators Tokuda, Chun Oakland, Galuteria, Ige, Kidani, Kim, Kouchi, Nishihara, Slom

    Establishes the Executive office on Early Learning. Establishes the Early Learning Advisory Board to replace the Early Learning Council. Repeals junior kindergarten programs at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, requires students to be at least five years of age on July 31 of the school year in order to attend kindergarten. Makes an appropriation to establish the Executive Office on Early Learning.



    Junior Kindergarten

    Eliminates junior kindergarten beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. Effective July 1, 2014.


    2. Instructional Time


    Instructional Time; Bell Schedules

    Requires the Department of Education to devise four bell schedules for each grade level to standardize instructional periods across all schools, with the exception of charter schools and multi-track public schools. Requires each school to choose one of the available bell schedules for each grade level.



    Requires the Department of Education to devise four bell schedules for each grade level to standardize instructional periods across all schools, with the exception of charter schools and multi-track public schools. Requires each school to choose one of the available bell schedules for each grade level.


    RTTT 1/25 Informational Briefing scheduled at 2:00pm at Conference Room 309. Legislation might develop from this.



    Next Set of Priorities


    1. Public School Land Trust



    2. Charter Schools


    Education; Charter Schools

    Establishes a new chapter governing charter schools based on the recommendations of the charter school governance, accountability, and authority task force established by Act 130, Session Laws of Hawaii 2011. Repeals chapter 302B, HRS. Makes housekeeping amendments.



    Education; Charter Schools

    Establishes a new chapter governing charter schools based on the recommendations of the charter school governance, accountability, and authority task force established by Act 130, Session Laws of Hawaii 2011. Repeals chapter 302B, HRS. Makes housekeeping amendments


    3. Bullying



    Education; Bullying; Safe Schools Act; Cyberbullying; Harassment

    Requires the department of education, local school boards of public charter schools, and private schools to maintain, monitor, and enforce anti-bullying, anti-cyberbullying, and anti-harassment policies and procedures to protect students or groups of students from bullying, cyberbullying, and harassment.



  8. HE‘E Comments to Department of Education

    September 8, 2011

    Attached are the following documents.

    1. HEE Summary SQS Review 20110831 (111kb)
    2. Project Appleseed Survey (53kb)
    3. SQS Items Red Line

    The HEE Summary SQS Review incorporates our overall comments about the survey, including input on the individual items. We have also included for your reference The Project Appleseed Survey and a link to the Johns Hopkins Parent and Child Survey for Military Child Education in Hawaii (http://www.jhsph.edu/mci/hawaii/). Both the Project Appleseed and the Johns Hopkins Survey are used here in Hawaii and useful to compare to the SQS.  For the Johns Hopkins survey, please also see link to www.hawaiikids.org as an example of how survey was administered to families electronically.  The third attachment is a redline document of edits we made to specific items in the SQS Parent Survey.  We hope our input is helpful for your team and the SQS Advisory Committee.

  9. Policy and School Leadership Meeting Notes: 08/30/11

    HE‘E Policy and School Leadership Meeting

    August 30, 2011 5-6pm

    The Learning Coalition


    Attendees: Dave Tom, Jean Silvernail, Pamela Young, Takashi Ono, Zach Dilonno, Matt Lorin, Debbie Berger, Melanie Bailey, Mary Weir, Jennifer Dang, Gordon Miyamoto


    Policy and School Leadership Meeting Agenda


    1. BOE Update

    • Board sees HE‘E as conduit to community
    • Strategic Plan-outreach to community-Part of P-20 Focus
      • Strand 1 Education Equity (Zero Achievement Gap)
      • Strand 2 Standards (Rigor, K-12 Alignment)
      • Strand 3 Community Schools Partnership

    HE‘E’s activities would best fit with Strand 3. Board is in process of planning community meeting in Windward District. Kathy and Cheri will keep in contact with both BOE and Department  CAS to facilitate collaboration.


    • SSQ opportunity
      • Interaction with Department
      • Advisory Committee reviewing items
      • Do we want to comment on bigger picture?

    Team decided to gather notes on survey items as well as the survey as a whole and would submit in next day or two.


    2. Policy Forum

    Would HE‘E be interested in hosting such a form. Possible items of discussion are:

    • Waiver for NCLB
    • DOE Strategic Plan


    3. Large Group Meeting

    New organizations-presentations by US PACOM, HSTA

    5:30-8:00pm at Richards Street YWCA Fuller Hall


  10. Policy Team Meeting Notes: 07/07/11

    July 15, 2011

    Policy Team Meeting Notes from meeting on 07/07/11 at The Learning Coalition Office.

    Along with the policy vetting process which is listed below, here is a link to the Staff Summary Sheet which also defines criteria by which policy team will evaluate.


    HE‘E Education Policy Workgroup Agenda

    July 7, 2011


    The Learning Coalition



    1. Dave Tom (GBA)
    2. Pamela Young
    3. Zach Dilonno (PPA)
    4. Mary Weir (FACE)
    5. Jennifer Dang (NPAC)
    6. Nicole Velasco
    7. Sue Hagland (PPS)
    8. Takashi Ohno (Fern Elementary)
    9. Kathy Bryant  (HE‘E)

    10.  Cheri Nakamura (HE‘E)


    Dave Tom welcomed group and distributed notes from last meeting.

    1.  Minutes from June 8, 2011 Meeting


    Kathy Bryant continued with the objectives of the meeting. To approve policy process and review few possible policy items.


    2.  Draft Policy Team Vetting Process

    Kathy distributed process document (below) One comment was to add “other working groups” to item 1.




    1.            SPOT THE ISSUE: Policy Issue is brought to the Team by HE’E staff, Team members, other working groups or external policy maker.


    2.            VET THE ISSUE: Policy is vetted by Policy Team members according to the criteria for either an internal originating or an external originating policy.


    3.            DISCUSS THE ISSUE: Policy is discussed briefly by Team, if a presentation is required then a meeting is set to hear the information or if time sensitive, the material can be circulated by email.


    4.            ASSIGN THE ISSUE: Policy Issue is assigned to a Team member to take the lead in managing the issue.


    5.            FURTHER RESEARCH ON THE ISSUE: Policy Issue leader conducts additional research if needed, circulates information to Team, and convenes a meeting to discuss a recommendation to the full group.  HE’E website or other social media may be available for online discussion.


    6.            RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ISSUE STANCE: Policy Issue leader drafts a recommendation to be sent to the Coalition for review and comment.


    7.            REVIEW AND COMMENT ON ISSUE STANCE: HE’E staff disseminates the recommendation and receives comments.


    8.            FORMALIZE A DRAFT ON ISSUE STANCE: Policy Team reviews changes and drafts a formal recommendation for vote.


    9.            HE’E VOTES ON ISSUE STANCE: Staff disseminates recommendation for vote.


    10.            SUBMIT ISSUE STANCE TO POLICY MAKERS: Policy Team sends HE’E positions to designated policy makers, and attends hearings to provide testimony.


    Group approved the process.


    Kathy also reviewed the HE‘E Summary Sheet, which will be the template for policy presentation. A few suggestions were made.


    • Issue can be raised by staff as well as working group.
    • Policy issue before the DOE, BOE, Leg, Gov office.
    • Staff summary sheet will be approved by planning team.


    Kathy also presented 3 policy items that HE‘E might consider and suggested that group have team leader  to  champion the policy.

    3.  Team Lead Sign Up


    • Diploma-no one wanted to tackle.
    • Strategic plan- Zach and Nicole
    • Family engagement with Ann Davis-Jenn Dang



    4. Meeting adjourned 6:30pm