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President's Message: Leage Anticipates a Busy 1995 (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Recommendations for State Convention Agenda
Mayor Outlines Ambitious Plan for Honolulu
New Directions for 1995
Physical and Sexual Violence Bill to Be Revised (Pamela Ferguson-Brey)
Congratulations, Pamela!
Planning and Zoning Committee Has Busy Month (Astrid Monson)
State Data Book Wins Again (Astrid Monson)
City Finances Discussion Slated (Jean Aoki)
Rights Petition Circulated
Information Exchange Conference Planned (Marion Saunders)
Letters to the Editor - LWV Action Praised (Faye Kennedy)
Letters to the Editor - Mahalo for LWV Kokua (Martha Ross)
Volunteers Needed

Information Exchange Conference Planned

We had a lively meeting on Dec. 7 with new Board of Education member Keith Sakata. We appreciated his openness and concern for budget matters. We hope he keeps his scrutiny of the DOE budget and challenges those items that seem not to be in the best interest of the schools.

Mr. Sakata was one with members of our group inputting student interest above all else, so that whether budget items or other items are being considered, the basic question to be answered is: How does this impact on student interests? All too often it is adult interests, be they teacher, staff, or parents, that are put before student needs.

The committee expressed a desire to continue meeting with new Board members and legislative chairs as single individuals - this allows us to get to know them and interact with their ideas.

Looking ahead, a new proposal was presented: the idea of sponsoring a conference of exchange for schools that are doing innovative programs or restructuring themselves in any way. Members cited schools that are in the process of innovation or aspiring to do something different , but don't know where to go for help. This would be a conference of mutual help between schools, independent of the DOE.

The League is an ideal agency to sponsor such an exchange since it is tied to no union or bureaucracy, is nonpartisan, and committed to democratic interchange and education.

Marion Saunders
Chair, Education Committee

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