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Local Connection: Dilapidated UH College of Education

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Our Hawaii News Now investigation into shameful conditions at the UH College of Education got quick results. 

The university immediately put repairs to the facilities back on the priority list and closed one building where neglect was putting people in jeopardy.

Even though we raised serious questions about why the university and rest of state government  allowed this situation to get so bad, university president David Lassner did show leadership by accepting ownership of the problem and correcting it when it was brought to his attention.

Lassner is also willing to propose the unpopular step of raising tuition in order to pay for bonds to fix the university's chronic repair and maintenance backlog, which is estimated at upwards of half a billion dollars.  

The College of Education may be the worst example, but it is far from the only case where once proud buildings crucial to the education of Hawaii's leaders are crumbling before our eyes.  

It is so bad that new students from here and the Mainland think twice about attending UH.

That's a shame - given that objective ranking agencies continue to show the Manoa campus is performing its mission pretty well. Its ranked 104th nationally out of thousands of schools rated by U.S. News and World Report. That puts Manoa solidly in the top ten percent of all U-S Colleges. Local kids can get a good education there.

But it could be better. The first repair must be to the relationship between the university and the legislature, which is reluctant to give UH a blank check…even without hitting up taxpayers. 

This stalemate must be resolved in the next legislative session, because the price tag for bringing our premier university into premier condition will only keep going up.

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