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Program Planning at February Units: The Unit - What Is it?
President's Message (Barbara Farwell)
How Laws Grow
Units - What Is the League Doing?
What Makes the City Run? Dept of Transportation Services (Dorothy Lum)
Transportation Update (Dorothy Lum)
Ghostrider on TheBus
Women's Issues
Public Hearings on Development Plans
League Position on Housing (Astrid Monson)
Builder Talks to Planning Committee
Growth Management Planning
Wanted Alive & Active
Sunshine Coalition
Corporate Fund Raising (Bobbie Slater)
Direct Mail Drive
Is Anyone Listening? The New Board of Education (Arlene Woo)
Values and Violence in the Schools
Health Care Study

Last month the new Board of Education met to identify the goals and concerns of the 13 members. The larger size of the Board created problems in discussion and decision-making. Thus, the Board agreed to let an ad hoc ctte prepare a formal list of goals and objectives that the Board as a whole will address during their four years in office. We, the public, should make certain we know and understand these goals. It is our concern that public education prepare everyone for a contributing role in society.

Several of the Board members voiced concerns about the public image of BOE. There seemed to be irritation that the Dept of Education might be getting credit for some Board directives. We must congratulate the members from Kauai and Maui for their understanding of the need for cooperation between the BOE and the DOE. Mr. Ueoka of Maui said, "...if the Dept looks good, ultimately the Board will look good."

Of course, we all want to look good, but it would seem that it is more important for the students to look good through academic achievement. We suggest that it would be more appropriate for the Board to be concerned with improving the quality of education in the schools than with improving their image in the newspapers. With talk of tuition tax credits and vouchers for education, we must concentrate on raising levels of achievement. Thus, we hope the new expanded Board will resolve its identification problems and get down to the issues before it.

Arlene Woo
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