Gov. Abercrombie visiting Leilehua students on first day of school

WAHIAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's the first day of the new school year.

The freshman class at Leilehua High School will be getting a special greeting Monday from Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

Aside from all the nerves students are feeling while heading into new classrooms and meeting new friends, this year will likely be a transformative one for public education.

Furlough Fridays are over for now and there is new leadership at the Board of Education.

The first-ever appointed board members have pledged to improve test score.

The number of Hawaii public schools passing testing requirements has dropped by 13 percent.

Also, the teachers union is still fighting its new contract with the state.

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