Early Childhood Education Discussed Using Google+ Hangout

 

Honolulu–  Early childhood education providers and stakeholders from across the State, along with lawmakers, Early Childhood Coordinator Terry Lock and Governor Neil Abercrombie, participated in a roundtable discussion on early childhood education in Hawaii today.  Stakeholders from Maui, Kauai, Waimea, Kona and Hilo participated in the discussion via Google+ Hangout, hosted by Senate Committee Education Chair Senator Jill Tokuda. U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono’s Chief of Staff Betsy Lin also linked in, via Google+ Hangout from Washington, D.C.

Participants discussed early childhood education program measures moving through the legislature.  Providing Resources Early for Kids Act (PRE-K Act), a measure introduced by Senator Hirono earlier this month was also discussed.   The PRE-K Act creates a new federal-state partnership that incentivizes states to both improve the quality of state preschool programs and expand to serve more children in need.  Under this legislation states, like Hawaii, could apply for startup funds if they submit a plan to establish a high-quality preschool program within two years.

“To do nothing for early childhood education in Hawaii is not an option,” said Tokuda.  “The bills were written to create a robust, high-quality early childhood education program implemented in our State that prepares our youngest of keiki for school and life.  Using new media to engage with stakeholders and constituents on all islands allows us to have a more dynamic discussion with many different perspectives.”

“We had an interesting discussion on the future of early education and what’s at stake for our children,” said Sen. J. Kalani English (District 7 -Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, Kaho‘olawe), who participated in the Hangout.   “Using Google+ Hangout to broaden the conversation across the State and even to Washington, D.C. opens the door to a more fruitful discussion.”

Along with using Google + Hangout, the discussion utilized Twitter to receive questions from the public.

“Using communication tools such as twitter and Google+ Hangout to discuss an important initiative like early education enables people to participate in the conversation from wherever they are.  They don’t have to be in the room to listen in, or chime in,” said Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran (District 5-Wailuku, Waihe‘e, Kahului), who was tweeting information during the event.

Sen. Russell Ruderman (District 2 -Puna, Ka‘u) also attended the event.  He said, “I am excited especially for the neighbor islands residents because they were able to participate in government through the use of the technology available.”

( Senators, early childhood education stakeholders, Early Childhood Coordinator Terry Lock and Governor Neil Abercrombie participate in a roundtable discussion on early childhood education. Stakeholders from Maui, Kauai, Waimea, Kona and Hilo participated in the discussion via Google+ Hangout.)

Google+ Hangouts provides users the capability to video chat with multiple individuals at the same time. Google+ Hangouts in concert with other social media vehicles continue to be leveraged by government officials seeking new ways to engage with those they serve. This is Tokuda’s second Google+ Hangout event this legislative session. In February, Tokuda conducted the Senate’s first ever Hangout, dubbed the “Principal Hangout,” in which she sat down with principals from around the state to talk about the Weighted Student Formula.

 

To view today’s Google+ Hangout: http://youtu.be/UJ5LLwrDKl4.

Hawaii State Senate Education Chair to Host Early Learning Hangout

Honolulu — Hawaii State Senate Committee on Education Chair Jill Tokuda, along with United States Senator Mazie K. Hirono and preschool providers from around the State, will utilize Google+ Hangout on Friday, March 22, 2013 to talk about the newly introduced Providing Resources Early for Kids Act (PRE-K Act) and how Hawaii can best position itself to be a part of future federal investments in state preschool programs. During the live virtual roundtable moderated by Senator Tokuda, participants will be taking questions from the general public live via Twitter, through the hashtag #HIEarlyEd.

Introduced by Senator Hirono earlier this month, the PRE-K Act creates a new federal-state partnership that incentivizes states to both improve the quality of state preschool programs and expand to serve more children in need.  Under this legislation, states like Hawaii could apply for startup funds if they submit a plan to establish a high-quality preschool program within two years.

WHEN: Friday, March 22, 2013

  • 10:00 am-11:00 am: Senator Jill Tokuda to host panel with local preschool providers
  • Approx. 10:30 am- 11:00 am: Senator Mazie K. Hirono to join panel discussion from Washington, D.C. (The United States Senate is currently voting on a number of measures & the Senator will be joining the discussion between votes.)

WHERE: Hawaii State Capitol Room 414
The public can watch the Hangout live via YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/sentokuda.

 

Hawaii’s children deserve the lifelong advantages that equal access to high-quality early education affords. Senator Mazie K. Hirono’s PRE-K Act is fundamental, and would provide states like Hawaii with support as we build a robust early learning system for our youngest of keiki,” said Senator Jill Tokuda. “This topic is top of mind to so many right now, and we recognize the unique opportunity new media presents us with to engage with constituents and connect across the islands and to our nation’s capitol.”

Google+ Hangouts provide users the capability to video chat with multiple individuals at the same time. Google+ Hangouts in concert with other social media vehicles continue to be used by government officials seeking new ways to engage with those they serve. This is Tokuda’s second Google+ Hangout event this legislative session. In February, Tokuda conducted the Senate’s first ever Hangout, dubbed the “Principal Hangout,” in which she sat down with principals from around the State to talk about the Weighted Student Formula.

A proponent for enhancing civic engagement in the policymaking process, Senator Tokuda continues to advance the Senate’s commitment to ending the geographical divide that confronts our island state through the use of technology. As chair of the Senate’s Committee on Education, she is one of two committees piloting the Senate’s new Neighbor Island Video Conferencing Program. She has also conducted several Twitter Town Halls.

Friday’s Early Learning Hangout will take place during this year’s Education Week at the Hawaii State Capitol.

GET INFORMED, GET INVOLVED, AND GET CONNECTED!

The Hawaii State Senate is encouraging citizens to continuously get informed, get involved and get connected.  There are many resources available on the web that citizens can access right at their fingertips.

Social Media

Get connected with the Senate and Senate Majority on our various Social Media platforms including: Majority Caucus Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube. Some of the platforms you can connect with the Senate include:

Twitter: The Hawaii Senate currently has five Twitter accounts: @HawaiiSenate and four Committee Twitter accounts; @HI_Senate_TEC, @HI_Senate_CPN, @HI_Senate_WAM, and @HI_Senate_EDU.  To follow any or all of the Hawaii Senate twitter accounts, simply go to the specified account and click the “Follow.”

Hawaii Senate Majority Facebook “Like” Page: The Hawaii Senate Majority Facebook page is open to the public and features the work of the Senate Majority and its members. The page includes photos, videos, press releases, and more. You can view the Majority Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/HawaiiSenateMajority.

Hawaii Senate Majority Website: A link to the Hawaii Senate Majority Caucus website (http://www.hawaiisenatemajority.com/) can be found on the Senate page of the Hawaii State Legislature’s website.   You can stay abreast of Senate Majority messages, press releases, and activities.

Official Senator Accounts: You may have noticed social media icons next to a handful of Senators’ photos on the member selection page of the Hawaii Senate Website as well as their member page. These members are among the first Senators to have official Senator social media accounts.

Other Information Venues

Hawaii State Legislature’s Website: The Hawaii State Legislature’s website (www.capitol.hawaii.gov) is the key portal for those wishing to get informed and involved in the legislative process.  Some of the information and features of the site include: contact information for current members of the Senate and House of Representatives, bill and resolution text and current status information, a list of upcoming committee hearings, informational briefings, status updates of bills, resolutions, committee reports, vetoes, acts, and other documents. There is also a way to submit testimony online.

Public Access Room: The Legislature’s Public Access Room (PAR) is located on the fourth floor of the State Capitol, with knowledgeable and friendly staff to assist and educate citizens about participating in the legislative process.  Staff assistance is available in person (Room 401, State Capitol Building), by phone (808) 587-0478, and by email (par@capitol.hawaii.gov).

 

Ask Your Senator

Education Week at the State Capitol is right around the corner! This year marks the 10th anniversary of Education week, which will be held from March 18 to March 22. Organized by the Hawaii State Senate Committee on Education, this interactive week-long celebration honors the achievements and innovative efforts of our local schools, educators and various programs throughout the state from early childhood to the university level. Hawaii State Senators are once again taking the event to the classroom with the “Ask Your Senator” project, to find out what our future leaders want to know about their State. This is the second year of the “Ask Your Senator” project.

The concept behind the “Ask Your Senator” project is simple. We want to know what classrooms and students from across the State are thinking, by asking them to ask us, their Senators, a question. After the questions are collected, Senators will take the time to answer select questions through online videos, which will be shared with the students as well as with the wider community.

This project provides opportunity for students to lead the discussion, through student driven and student oriented questions. Students may take part of the “Ask Your Senator” project as a group (school or classroom) or as an individual student. The various ways you can participate are listed below. Questions will be collected between March 4th and March 13th. Once questions are selected, Senators will answer questions through videos which will be published online and sent back to the schools, classrooms, and individual students.

If you need help coming up with questions to ask, example questions could include topics in the areas such as: the legislative processes, issues or problems in your community, or general questions about the role of the legislature.

Ways to participate in “Ask Your Senator”

Email- Send your question (s) or video link to scomm@capitol.hawaii.gov.

Twitter- Use the hashtag #HIAskYourSen

Facebook- There are several ways you can send a message on Facebook:

* Share your message to the Hawaii Senate Majority Facebook page under the note Section, Ask Your Senator?
* Share your message with your Senator on their Facebook page.
YouTube/ Online Video- Email your YouTube/ Online video link to scomm@capitol.hawaii.gov.

If you would like your video to be shared on the Senate and Senate Caucuses’ webpages/ social media please complete the attached media release form: MEDIA RELEASE FORM (2013 Ask Your Senator)

Principals “Hangout” with Senate Education Chair

Senate Committee on Education Chair Jill Tokuda hosts Google+ Hangout about the Weighted Student Formula. February 8, 2013.

This afternoon, Senate Committee on Education Chair Jill Tokuda, sat down with principals from around the state to talk about the Weighted Student Formula in a live Google+ Hangout. During the virtual roundtable, principals from Kapaa High School, Kaneohe Elementary, Maui Waena Intermediate, and Waiakea High shared their insights on the distribution of funds for school budgets.

Hosted by Senator Jill Tokuda, today’s “Principal Hangout” was a first for the Hawaii State Senate. Principals participating in the discussion included: Daniel Hamada, Kapaa High School Principal; Derek Minakami, Kaneohe Elementary Principal; Jamie Yap, Maui Waena Intermediate Principal; and Kelcy Koga, Waiakea High Principal.

Today’s virtual discussion showed us yet another simple way to engage our constituents and communities in the work we do here at the State Capitol,” said Senator Jill Tokuda. “We are continuing to advance the Senate’s commitment to ending the geographical divide that confronts our island state through the use of technology, and I look forward to having more Google+ Hangouts in the future.”

Google+ Hangouts provides users the capability to video chat with multiple individuals at the same time. Google+ Hangouts in concert with other social media vehicles continue to be leveraged by government officials seeking new ways to engage with those they serve. Last month, Vice President Joe Biden participated in a “Fireside Hangout,” in which he sat down with Americans from around the country to talk about proposals to reduce gun violence.

This is Tokuda’s second social media event this legislative session. In January, Tokuda hosted a Twitter Town Hall on Early Learning.

To view video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIjxS5D7XfM.

Transcript 1/22/13: Twitter Town Hall on Early Learning

On Tuesday January 22, 2013, Senate Education Chair Jill Tokuda held a Twitter Town Hall regarding the creation of a state-funded early learning system in Hawaii. Terry Lock, Executive Director of the Executive Office of Early Learning, also joined Senator Tokuda to answer questions during the Twitter Town Hall. This was Tokuda’s second Twitter Town Hall event. The first town hall discussed legislation to put in place a constitutionally-mandated appointed Board of Education.

A transcript of this event is included below. This transcript was retrieved from Senator Tokuda’s Twitter feed (@jilltokuda) and is in chronological order, from the Senator’s opening to closing statements. During the event, participants’ questions were ReTweeted (RTed), also referred to as reposted, by the Senator, followed by her answer.

For ease of following the discussion, it was decided that “Q:” would be used to denote when the Senator RTed a question and “A:” would be used to denote when she answered a question (thus in the below transcript, Q: @username: followed by a question designates that the Senator is RTing an individual participant’s question. Similarly, A: followed by Senator Tokuda: designates that the Senator is answering that individual participant’s question).

Senator Tokuda: Getting ready for our early learning twitter town hall in a few minutes! Tweet me your thoughts/questions! #askjill pic.twitter.com/sTsmKn2X

Senator Tokuda:  Learn about what’s going on at the Executive Office on Early Learning w/Exec Director Terry Lock! #askjill  http://earlylearning.hawaii.gov

Q: @Gil4SD5: Early childhood education is impt but how will Gov. @neilabercrombie ensure immigrant populations (like Filipinos) will participate #askjill

     A: Senator Tokuda: @Gil4SD5 Community outreach/public awareness critical component of plan, esp in initial years; will help reach diverse populations #askjill

Q: @Bytemarks: How will early childhood learning programs benefit from being under DOE? How will it improve the current situation #askjill

     A: Senator Tokuda (Part 1): @Bytemarks While it will be administratively attached to DOE, curriculum, standards & assessments will be set by EOEL, which has… #askjill

     A: Senator Tokuda (Part 2) :  @Bytemarks …an Advisory Board & working grps made up of advocates & industry leaders helping to shape/guide the program. #askjill

Q: @Gil4SD5: Same question on early childhood initiative access by other disadvantaged socio-economic groups in the Hawaii population. #askjill

     A: Senator Tokuda (Part 1): @Gil4SD5 Many low income already served by Head Start; this program will seek to cover range of economic grps like working… #askjill

     A: Senator Tokuda (Part 2): @Gil4SD5 …families. Good outreach/developing the sliding fee scale will be key to how best we serve these grps. Looking at models #askjill

Q: @Bytemarks: Where would the money come from for the State to fund an early childhood learning program? What other programs would suffer? #askjill

     A: Senator Tokuda: @Bytemarks Would be general fund $$$. It comes down to investing in our priorities that will reap long term gains. This will. #askjill

Q: @MoxieCoreen: Will families get to choose programs their child attends? #askjill

     A: Senator Tokuda: @MoxieCoreen Details still to be worked out, but idea is that families will be able to choose from a list of participating programs #askjill

Q: @Gil4SD5: @jilltokuda Are outcomes from EOEL curriculum, standards & assessments gonna be measurable and UNDERSTANDABLE for parents? #askjill

     A: Senator Tokuda: @Gil4SD5 YES but can always do better, that’s why part of EOEL’s work is also focused on family engagement #askjill See http://p3hawaii.org

Q: @yvkuroka: @jilltokuda @Bytemarks families pay up to 700 for preschool. Other programs like A+ have a fee, could there be a charge to help subsidize

     A: Senator Tokuda (Part 1): @yvkuroka Working out details, initial plan is to create shared responsibility b/n families & the state w/a sliding fee scale #askjill

     A: Senator Tokuda (Part 2): @yvkuroka We are looking at best practices across country that use sliding fee scales so we can help as many families as possible. #askjill

Senator Tokuda: Enjoying your q’s! Glad to have EOEL Exec Director Terry Lock here to join in on the answers! Keep tweeting! #askjill pic.twitter.com/RsFrgbw8

Q: @mzkaneella: #askjill what about making sure there are enough spaces the wait lists are extensive in some communities

     A: Senator Tokuda (Part 1): @mzkaneella Have been doing inventory/capacity study-recognize that we have work to do to increase # of providers/classrooms in…#askjill

     A: Senator Tokuda (Part 2): @mzkaneella …certain communities. That is also why we gave ourselves time/started w/manageable cohort of students to begin with. #askjill

Q: @aliaemily: @jilltokuda what student/teacher ratio are you aiming for? #askjill

     A: Senator Tokuda: @aliaemily It’s being discussed to have qualified programs w/1:10 staff/child ratio w/no more than 20 children total in the class #askjill

Q: @JSmikulanec: #askjill what are the top two things parents and advocates can do to help legislators understand how important this issue is?

     A: Senator Tokuda: @JSmikulanec 1) Testify & make it personal; 2) Invite us to your preschool-we talk about the future…show us the future. #askjill

Senator Tokuda: Taking last 2 questions, but you folks have been awesome! I need to do this more often! Tweet me topics to my account! #askjill

Q: @mzkaneella: #askjill how will the barriers be addressed? Stable housing transportation family stability those r the kids that need it

     A: Senator Tokuda (Part 1): @mzkaneella EOEL is working w/DHS, DOH & DOE & local agencies & nonprofit providers to ensure needs to children/families are being..#askjill

     A: Senator Tokuda (Part 2): @mzkaneella …addressed in a comprehensive way. Providers would also be identified in a child’s community to increase access. #askjill

Q: @Bytemarks: Will early childhood programs require new buildings or will it reuse existing facilities? @mzkaneella #askjill

     A: Senator Tokuda (Part 1): @Bytemarks Ideally it would maximize use of existing facilities. For example, we could look at underutilized DOE facilities as a…#askjill

     A: Senator Tokuda( Part 2): @Bytemarks Pre-Plus Model where private providers use DOE bldg/land. We do have a capacity issue w/facilities, so doing an inventory is key

@Bytemarks: Thanks @jilltokuda for doing this. It was very informative. Say Hi to by cuz Terry Lock. #askjill

Senator Tokuda:  @Bytemarks Your Cuz said Hi & thanks for all the hard questions! LOL!

@Bytemarks: @jilltokuda You did a great job and if anybody can handle, Terry can!

Senator Tokuda: Logging out now, giving my twitter account a rest & heading home soon to “live” early learning. LOL! Thank you for all the great questions!

Senate Education Chair to Hold Twitter Town Hall on State’s Early Learning System

Honolulu- Senate Education Committee Chair Jill Tokuda will host a Twitter Town Hall on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 to take questions and comments regarding the creation of a state-funded early learning system in Hawaii.  Using the 140-character “micro-blogging” platform, Twitter, participants can tweet their questions and comments, receive live answers and view the Senator’s replies by using the hashtag #askjill.  Senator Tokuda will be tweeting answers to questions through her Twitter handle @jilltokuda.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
4:30pm-5:30pm
WHERE: http://twitter.com/; Username: @jilltokuda; Hashtag: #askjill

Terry Lock, Executive Director of the Executive Office of Early Learning, has been invited to join Senator Tokuda to answer questions during the Twitter Town Hall.

A Twitter Town Hall, sometimes referred to as a Twitterview, utilizes this social media platform to produce an informal public policy forum. This event will be the second time Tokuda has conducted a Twitter Town Hall to engage the public in key issues of the day.  The first town hall was held prior to the 2011 Legislative Session, in which the Senator answered questions regarding legislation to put in place a constitutionally-mandated appointed Board of Education.

“Social media provides an innovative mechanism for policymakers to engage constituents in new and meaningful ways,” said Senator Jill Tokuda. “Through extending our reach online, I hope to open the doors to greater dialogue about how we are working together as a state to create a publically funded early learning system that focuses on school readiness, and encourage individuals to identify ways in which they can be involved moving forward.”

On June 28, 2012 Governor Neil Abercrombie enacted Act 178 into law.  It established the Executive Office on Early Learning to provide for the necessary coordination and cooperation amongst all relevant governmental departments and agencies, and put in place the framework to establish the first phase of Hawaii’s Keiki First Steps Program.

Ask Your Senator 2012: Thanks for Asking

Eighth grade Social Studies students from Punahou School emailed several questions and issues to Senator Carol Fukunaga as part of  their class assignment, Project Citizen. The assignment asks the  students to identify an issue in their community, research the problem, develop and evaluate alternative solutions, and reach their own solution to the problem in the form of a public policy. Senator Carol Fukunaga (District 11- Makiki/Punchbowl, Ala Moana, McCully) answered the students’ questions.

One class group was interested in the issue of overdevelopment and its impact on Hawaii’s agricultural land and industry. Supporting the original version of Senate Resolution 104, the class asked for Senator Fukunaga’s support and input. In the resolution’s original form, it urged the counties to revise laws to reflect strategic land use practices for main street redevelopment in existing towns that support public transportation in order to accommodate the growing population of the State. As part of her answer, Senator Fukunaga explained how the original intent and concept of a measure can be altered through the legislative process.

To view Senator Fukunaga’s answer click here.

Another class group was interested in helping to solve the problem of coral damage through the prohibition of selling aquatic life for aquarium purposes. The class supported Senate Resolution 2, a measure which requested the Legislature to amend Chapter 188 (Hawaii Revised Statutes) by adding a new section to be appropriately designated to prohibiting the sale of aquatic life for aquarium purposes.  It also requests the Legislature to amend the existing section 188F-4, regarding the West Hawaii regional fishery management area plan, and section 189-11, regarding receipts in management area plan, and section 189-11, regarding receipts in duplicate.  In addition to those requests, the resolution asks the Governor to issue a moratorium on the commercial take and sale of aquatic life taken for aquarium purposes from State waters and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.

To view Senator Fukunaga’s answer click here.

Interested in the impact overdevelopment of the North Shore may have on Oahu’s rural areas, small business owners, and Hawaii’s culture, one class group supported Senate Bill (SB) 1444. SB 1444, would have required the Department of Land and Natural Resources to develop a plan for the improvement of the water quality in Lake Wilson.

In working to find ways to resolve the problem, the class provided several creative solutions, including: the creation of educational television and radio commercials addressing the issue and development of collaborative contracts with local North Shore businesses to offer specialty bracelets to help show support.

To view Senator Fukunaga’s answer click here.

Ask Your Senator 2012: Thanks For Asking

Students from Central Middle School’s Student Government Association (SGA) emailed several questions to their Senator, Suzanne Chun Oakland (District 13- Sand Island, Kalihi, Liliha, Nu’uanu, Pauoa, Pu’unui) as part of this year’s “Ask Your Senator” project. Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland sat down to share her thoughts and answers to to some of the students’ questions.

Why is the gas prices going up and is there anything that can be done to address this?”
-Central Middle School Student

To view the Senator’s answer to this question, click here.

1. Is there anything Senator Chun Oakland can do to relocate the Methadone Clinic directly across from our school on Kukui Street?
2. What about the homeless population frequenting Kamamalu park on Vineyard Blvd.?”

-Central Middle School Student

To view the Senator’s answer to this question, click here.

Central Middle School would like to invite Senator Chun Oakland to speak with our SGA. If and when time permits, can she visit our school to speak with our SGA office/ students?”

-Central Middle School Student

To view the Senator’s answer to this question, click here.

How is the rail project coming along?”

-Central Middle School Student

To view the Senator’s answer to this question, click here.

Is there a way to reduce taxes?”

-Central Middle School Student

To view the Senator’s answer to this question, click here.

Ask Your Senator 2012: Thanks For Asking

Students from Roosevelt High School’s Participation in Democracy class emailed several questions to their State Senators as part of this year’s “Ask Your Senator” project. Questions asked were derived from the students’ participation in the class’s assignment, Project Citizen. The assignment asks students to identify an issue in their community, research the problem, develop and evaluate alternative solutions, and reach their own solution to the problem in the form of a public policy. Together, Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland (District 13-Sand Island, Kalihi, Liliha, Nu’uanu, Pauoa, Pu’unui) and Senator Carol Fukunaga (District 11- Makiki/Punchbowl, Ala Moana, McCully) sat down to answer the students’ questions.

A group of students were interested in pedestrian safety on Nehoa Street, which is near their school. One student asked:

My group and I are currently doing a Project Citizen assignment regarding the crosswalk near our stadium, located on Nehoa St. There are no lights to signal drivers or pedestrians when they should stop or cross. We are thinking of alternate solutions that would catch the driver’s attention to prevent drivers from hitting pedestrians as they cross the street. We would like your support in pushing our policy through. Do you know of any possible solutions that we can create to solve our problem?” -Roosevelt High School Student

To view the Senators’ answers to this question, click here.

A handful of students were interested in the qualification requirements for current decision makers in the Department of Education (DOE). Specifically, one student asked:

We are doing Project Citizen in my Participation in Democracy class. We hope that we may be able to alter the way decisions are made about schools. We have come up with an issue that the decision makers are not highly qualified and do not have classroom experience. Our proposal is that before becoming a decision maker of the DOE, you must achieve an educational degree and gain classroom experience. That way, the members in charge of decisions for the schools are able to decide with knowledge, the appropriate actions to take in ways that would improve and benefit students and teachers for the better. Without experience in the classroom, decision makers are blind in what would be best.

What do you think of our issue and proposal?” -Roosevelt High School Student

To view the Senators’ answers to this question, click here.

One group of students were interested in addressing the increasing dropout rate of high school students in the State of Hawaii, explaining:

There is an issue that we would like to approach for Project Citizen. The number of high school students who are dropping out of school are increasing in the State of Hawaii. We feel this would be an appropriate issue for us to address to help our community get involved more with our high school students. We would like to see more student graduate from high school, so that they have a greater chance in getting into college, hence, better jobs, especially for our local kids. We would like to ask how you feel about this issue and whether or not you agree with that this topic is a big issue in the state of Hawaii.” -Roosevelt High School Student

To view the Senators’ answers to this question, click here.

One group of students were interested in offering vocational classes as electives, explaining:

As the students of Roosevelt High School, we are conducting a research project to prepare our graduates for a better future in collegiate and workforce careers. Our plan is to have more vocational classes offered as electives. We’re proposing classroom work time for the first semester and then going to community colleges/business schools for hands-on experience for the second semester.

We are asking for your support and we would also like your opinions and feedback on our pursuit for this change.” -Roosevelt High School Student

To view the Senators’ answers to this question, click here.

A group of students were interested in reinstating their school’s tradition of the senior patio. One student explained:

Me and my period 6 social studies class are working on Project Citizen. We want to bring back the tradition of the senior patio being exclusively for seniors so that next year the seniors can sit down in their own area and eat their lunch together. They can feel a sense of accomplishment that they earned to sit at the senior patio from their 3 years of hard work. That’s why we want to bring back the tradition. I was wondering if you can support us in reinforcing the tradition of the senior patio, and maybe even give us any suggestions.” -Roosevelt High School Student

To view the Senators’ answers to this question, click here.

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