1) Ensure 100% participation in learning through safe alternatives
Why: In this time of uncertainty, families deserve safe, quality options to prevent learning loss, including pandemic pods. We want to ensure all children are able to thrive without financial, geographic or technological barriers.
2) Preserve the integrity of the school year by maintaining adequate instruction time and providing clear and accessible assessment data
Why: The disruption from Covid-19 has the potential to inflict unprecedented, unrecoverable learning loss on students this year. HawaiiKidsCAN has a deep responsibility to push back against this tide, be a watchdog for students and promote critical supports such as tutoring and federal financial resources.
3) Require all elementary and middle schools to teach computer science
Why: Since our successful 2018 campaign, computer science course offerings at the high school level have increased dramatically. The same, however, has not been true for the elementary and middle school levels. Exposure to computer science skills and high-growth industries at earlier levels is essential to encouraging participation and representation in the workforce.
4) Pass legislation to codify universal access to high-speed internet and educational technology
Why: The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the deep digital divide in Hawaii’s communities. Hawaii needs to set a bold goal to fully eliminate this digital divide. Education equity is not possible without digital equity.
5) Ensure Hawaii collects student attainment data for individual industry-recognized credentials
Why: Building on our work the last two legislative sessions, we believe Hawaii is lacking the fundamental policy infrastructure to track and report critical data showing student attainment of quality industry credentials. Given that Hawaii will struggle to recover economically for years to come, it is more important than ever to harness our career readiness programs to make smart investments that put Hawaii’s kids on a pathway to high-demand, high-wage jobs.