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Juvenile Justice Position Reviewed (Catherine Tignac)
Reapportionment: The Drama Begins (Anna Lee)
League Unveils Juvenile Justice Position
Action Ahead on Public Education (Marion Saunders)
Legislative Access Reported (Debbie Kimball)
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Action Ahead on Public Education
The League of Women Voters of Hawaii Education Committee has issued the following report and comparisons:
School reform is difficult, everyone agrees, and the will to change may falter in fulfillment. This has prompted the Hawaii Business Roundtable to support a further study by Paul Berman Associates to see whether real reform is taking place in Hawaii since the Berman proposal called THE HAWAII PLAN.
The new report THE NEXT STEPS; HARD DECISIONS focuses on what progress, if any, has been made toward school reform. A copy of the new report is in the League office for interested Leaguers.
Some guidelines for assessing the report may be helpful, especially in relation to the reform strategy the League supports: schools of choice, or schools-within-schools.
The Berman report insists that all reform and innovation be conducted under the auspices of the SCBM (School/ Community Based Management) strategy that the Department of Education has adopted. SCBM was originally proposed as a voluntary option for schools, but it has become a pressured prerequisite for innovation. Thus, in the Berman report, reform is restricted to SCBM schools.
What does this do to reform?
The League believes schools should have the flexibility to choose their own reform strategy - be it SCBM or Schools-within-schools or another option that fits their student population. To mandate all schools to be SCBM is exchanging one top-down system for another - something Hawaii has done disastrously in the past