HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Board of Education unanimously approved Tuesday a new strategic plan for Hawaii's schools aimed at bolstering student achievement and getting more kids to college.
The plan was approved despite opposition from the teachers' union, and even as Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi counts down the time left as head of Hawaii schools.
The strategic plan sets a series of benchmarks aimed at increasing test scores, boosting college admissions and dialing up achievement for special education students by 2020.
One of the many goals.is to reach a 90 percent high school graduation rate by the year 2025.
"This is a living document. It's not something we put away on a shelf. It's not a static document. It's something we will continue to try to improve on," said BOE Chair Lance Mizumoto.
But the Hawaii State Teacher's Association said the plan doesn't pay enough attention to teacher retention and how the department plans to pay its educators.
"The Hawaii State Teachers Association is asking this board to not approve the strategic plan currently," HSTA President Corey Rosenlee said, in a Board of Education meeting Tuesday.
Added Baldwin High School teacher David Negaard: "The strategic plan tried very hard to be progressive while holding onto a corporate model of leadership better suited for a manufacturing concern. Education is not manufacturing."
Now that it's approved, the DOE will begin rolling out the plan next year, even as the Board of Education seeks a replacement for Matayoshi.
Matayoshi's contract ends in June, and BOE has announced it would not be renewed.
To see the full strategic plan, click here.