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“Grading the Public Schools” June 2010
Our biennial report uses Department of Education data to rank 257 schools, statewide.
While I found your highlight of the Maryland school system informative, I wondered why HONOLULU chose not to highlight the best practices of the Hawai‘i school system.
I realize that the Hawai‘i school system has its fair share of troubles and is under close scrutiny. Considering this, I feel now would be a critical time to empower public school educators, administrators and staff by highlighting activities and approaches that are working within the existing system. Take, for example, Momilani Elementary (ranked No. 1 in your survey for the past few years), which has been nominated for a third national USDOE Blue Ribbon award. Don’t you feel public schools could learn from Momilani’s example?
—BRANDON MARC HIGA, PEARL CITY
“If you hear that the Hawaii Department of Education needs to hire someone to help straighten out its system, I’ve got a building full of ‘consultants’ willing to hop the first plane to Honolulu.”
—BILL REINHARD, MARYLAND STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
"Two Legends," April 2010
HONOLULU marked the passing of local author Bob Dye, and former mayor Frank Fasi.
Originally from Hawaii, I always look forward to reading HONOLULU when it comes in. But you forgot a third legend—Cec Heftel—who also passed away in February.
—FRANCISCO LIQUIDO, NEW YORK, NY
Editor’s note: Heftel served Hawaii in the U.S. House of Representatives, from 1976 to 1986. He represented the First Congressional District, which makes up most of urban Honolulu. He died in California in February at the age of 85.
“Salaries” April 2010
HONOLULU revealed the salaries of 165 job titles, asking readers, “How does your paycheck stack up?”
For a UH community college professor, you list “$69,996 to $104,603” and state, “This is the salary range of a full, nine-month-appointment professor. It also reflects a 6.6 percent pay reduction set this January.”
This gives a false impression. You do not stipulate whether this is the range for an assistant professor, an associate professor or a full professor. This impression grossly misrepresents our salaries, which are far more modest, especially at the lower ranks.
To speak only of my own wages, I have the rank of associate professor. I do not make the salary you specify. Indeed, I make several thousand dollars less.
—SHARON ROWE, PH.D., M.F.A., ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, KAPIOLANI COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Best of Honolulu, March 2010
“Crepes No Ka Oi definitely has the best crepes in Hawaii. Even if the place is packed, the customer service is amazing. A true gem!”
-AN ONLINE COMMENT ABOUT THE BEST CREPES WINNER IN OUR 2010 BEST OF HONOLULU
Ahana Koko Lele
In the print edition of our May 2010 “Grading the Public Schools” chart, the column labels for each school’s math and reading scores were mistakenly switched. The raw data are correct, as are the overall school scores and rankings, but each school’s math proficiency score is labeled as “reading,” and vice versa. We have a corrected version online.
In our May Dining column, “Eat, Memory,” we published the incorrect number for Belladonna Restaurant; the correct number is 426-3552.