Ask Your Senator 2013: Thanks for Asking (Senator Ronald Kouchi)

As part of the 2013 Education Week “Ask Your Senator” program, a Kaua’i High School student submitted the following questions for his Senator, Senator Ronald Kouchi (District 8- Kaua’i, Ni’ihau): • When you first stepped foot into your office, after being elected the first time, what was one of the first things that crossed your mind, if you can recall? • What’s the best part of your job as a lawmaker?” -Dillon (Kaua’i High School)…

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Ask Your Senator 2013: Thanks for Asking (Senator Russell Ruderman)

As part of the 2013 Education Week “Ask Your Senator” program, Senator Russell Ruderman (District 2- Kea‘au, Pahoa, Kalapana, Kapoho, Kurtistown, Mountain View, Glenwood, Volcano, Pahala) received several questions form students at Keonepoko Elementary School:  I have questions about the problems in Puna. This has come to my thought that problems are growing bigger and bigger.  One of my questions is how will you stop drug abuse? People are starting lives with drugs. Another question…

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Ask Your Senator 2013: Thanks for Asking (Senator Jill Tokuda)

As part of the 2013 Education Week “Ask Your Senator” program, a Kalaheo High School student submitted the following questions for her Senator, Senator Jill Tokuda (District 24- Kane’ohe, Kane’ohe MCAB, Kailua, He’eia, ‘Ahuimanu): • How does one become a State Senator? What are their responsibilities? • Besides submitting testimonies and attending hearings, how can high school students get involved in the legislature?” -Hannah (Kalaheo High School) After reading the student’s question, Senator Jill Tokuda,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Ask Your Senator 2012: Thanks For Asking

As part of this year’s ask your Senator project, students from Nanakuli High and Intermediate School emailed in several questions to their State Senator, Senator Maile Shimabukuro (District 21 Ko ‘Olina, Kahe Point, Nanakuli, Ma’ili, Wai’anae, Makaha, Makua, Ka’ena Point). Actively participating in this year’s inaugural Ask Your Senator Project Nanakuli High and Intermediate School students submitted over 20 video questions, the most questions received from any school or district. After listing to all of…

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Ask Your Senator 2012: Thanks for Asking…

Students at this year’s “Pizza and Policy” event held at the Hawaii State Capitol, were among the first ever to submit questions for Education Week’s inaugural “Ask Your Senator” project. As part of the 2012 Education Week “Ask Your Senator” project, a student from Roosevelt High School posed several questions to the Chair of the Senate Committee on Education, Jill Tokuda, about the power of students’ voices. He asked: Are students, in Hawaii, are they…

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Ask Your Senator 2012: Thanks for Asking…

Students at this year’s “Pizza and Policy” event held at the Hawaii State Capitol, were among the first ever to submit questions for Education Week’s inaugural “Ask Your Senator” project. As part of this year’s “Ask Your Senator” project a senior at Punahou posed a question about the affordability of college, a concern shared by many high school seniors. Her family had recently undergone some significant economic hardships. Drawing from a her experience, the student…

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