A prime predictor of future economic and emotional instability, and even prison time, chronic absenteeism affects large numbers of Hawai‘i public school students. Last school year, nearly 27,000 students got in trouble for missing too much school. Helping them show up consistently will take a community effort.
We’ve long used dogs in police work for drug detection and in disasters to find people trapped in rubble. Now, their great sniffing ability is being used in a wider array of fields—from medicine to security to conservation.
After heading two very different school systems that each faced controversy, New York native Christina Kishimoto sees reason to believe Hawai‘i’s much-maligned public schools can adopt innovative school reform that helps students succeed.