Gov’s ESSA Team unveiling draft blueprint to improve schools, asking for feedback

Gov. David Ige’s Every Student Succeeds Act Task Force has begun holding follow up community forums statewide to share findings and focus on a draft blueprint for public education in Hawaii. Teachers are encouraged to attend and give feedback on the initial plan for improving Hawaii public schools.

As a follow up to the Hawaii Education Summit held in July at the Hawaii Convention Center, and to the series of community town hall meetings held from July through September across the state, the new community forums have several purposes, according to Darrel Galera, chair of the governor’s ESSA Team.

“First, we will share the findings of input and feedback received from town hall meetings. Second, we will unveil a working draft or outline for a new blueprint for public education in Hawaii,” said Galera, a retired public school principal. “We also want to collect more specific input, feedback and advice for a final version of a blueprint for public education in Hawaii.”

Here is the latest meeting schedule.

Oct. 5: Hilo High library, Hawaii Island, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 6: Campbell High library, Oahu, 6 to 8 p.m.

Oct. 19: Baldwin High library, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 20: Mililani High library, Oahu, 6 to 8 p.m.

Oct. 26: Kahuku High and Intermediate library, Oahu, 6 to 8 p.m.

Nov. 2: Moanlalua High library, Oahu, 6 to 8 p.m.

The first follow-up ESSA meetings were held Sept. 21 at Kealakehe Intermediate in West Hawaii and Sept. 28 at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle library on Kauai.

Amy Perruso, a member of the governor’s ESSA Task Force and secretary-treasurer of HSTA, said, “It is important that teachers are powering the creation of this blueprint, because we are the professionals in the classrooms with students. The task force needs to make sure that teacher voices have been heard and are reflected in the document, because it will articulate a vision for the schools our children deserve for decades to come.”