Community Care Connection: Teach for America

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Teach for America - Hawaii is reaching out to keiki in need.  Outcomes for kids in Hawaii public schools have historically been mediocre at best. The quality of education took an additional blow in 2009 when the state implemented "Furlough Fridays," effectively creating 4-day school weeks and reducing the overall number of instructional days for students. Parents, kids, and teachers united in outrage. A year later, "Furlough Fridays" were eliminated, a state constitutional amendment was passed, establishing an appointed board of education, and a new superintendent helped to create a strategic plan that won Hawaii a coveted race to the top grant.

Now, more than ever, there is energy and urgency around transforming the educational landscape of our state. With tremendous community support, new leadership in the board of education and department of education, and race to the top reform efforts, momentum is building in Hawaii. Our 2013 'Teach for America' corps-nearly twice the size of past corps groups-will work with more than 16,000 students in the coming school year. At this critical moment they are excited to be partnering with local communities to give all of Hawaii's children the opportunity to receive the education they deserve.

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