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Lending your voice to our petition for Gov. Ige

With the island of Oahu in the middle of a new lockdown, COVID-19 cases surging in our state, and continued leadership turnover, our community needs support to survive the crisis of our lifetime. This is especially true for kids and families, and our vast digital divide continues to put students in groups of haves and have-nots when it comes to access to quality academic learning and social-emotional supports. Other states are rising to this challenge by supporting parents financially as they try to bridge the gap and make sure their children do not fall behind in a disrupted school year. Hawaii should do the same.

Please sign this petition to urge Governor Ige to support the families of Hawaii to get financial support to bridge the gap.

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Additional context on Speeding Ahead: COVID-19 School Closures and Distance Learning Report

HawaiiKidsCAN spoke with Nicholas Munyan-Penney, who is the author of Education Reform Now’s Speeding Ahead: COVID-19 School Closures and Distance Learning report on April 9, 2020. The following represents the additional context we learned through that conversation. HawaiiKidsCAN also offered the opportunity for Hawaii State Department of Education representatives a chance to provide a statement to this blog post, which they respectfully declined.