President's Message (Maile Bay)
Lunch & Learn the Law
National Action Alert - Voting Rights for D.C. Citizens
Domestic Violence: Dual Arrest (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Initiative & Referendum Study (Marian Wilkins)
Environment (Maile Bay)
Education (Mary Anne Raywid)
Campaign Finance (Laure Dillon)
Legislative Committee (Jean Aoki)
Two New Studies
League Local News - Honolulu (Pearl Johnson)
League Local News - Hawaii County (Marian Wilkins)
League Local News - Kauai (Carol Bain)
The Education Committee worked hard last fall on the BOE elections. First we devised a questionnaire intended to disclose candidates' positions on educational issues - and thus to give the public a fuller sense of how each candidate might function as a Board member.
Then we worked with a group Pearl Johnson assembled to get candidates' responses onto D-net, the League's web site. We also arranged with the Star Bulletin to print the responses on selected questions, and committee members distributed the printed replies to all Oahu libraries. We also did several public radio and television appearances in connection with the election.
When the legislative session opened, we attempted in vain to reintroduce our two bills on downsizing schools, and on the collection and dissemination of information to frame, and partially offset, the test scores being published. When these efforts failed, we devoted ourselves during the rest of the session to staving off bills that would destroy or undermine Hawaii's charter schools. Our efforts in this regard also were only partially successful.
Two studies authorized by the state convention - on school governance and finance - should keep us busy next year.
Mary Anne Raywid