Former UH And NFL Standout Stirring Up Controversy In Hawaii 2002 Election - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

October 22, 2002

Former UH And NFL Standout Stirring Up Controversy In Hawaii 2002 Election

Hawaii's public schools are the subject of a radio ad voiced by former University of Hawaii and National Football League stand out Leo Goeas. But his attempt to support the Republican candidate for governor continues to anger some public school teachers.

"My wife and I have five kids and we have chosen to home school them or send them to private schools because we have lost any faith in Hawaii's public school system," said Goeas in the ad.

Goeas voiced that radio ad in support of Republican Linda Lingle's bid for the governor's office, but it drew an angry response from 2001's state teacher of the year and other notable educators.

"It discounts the hard work that educators put into providing a quality education system," says Derek Minakami, Kailua High School teacher.

Goeas says he meant to criticize the public education system and not school teachers. "It was not directed toward the teachers, saying they're doing a bad job. I commend the teachers of the State of Hawaii for the job that they're doing."

Goeas says he has no regrets about making the radio ad because it has encouraged public debate over education. But Minakami says if he wants to clarify his position, then Republicans should either change the radio spot or take it off the air altogether.

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