Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Facebook: Hawaii Department of Education Receives National Innovation Award

June 2, 2017
Press Release

Hawaii has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Frank Newman Award for State Innovation, a national award that recognizes state innovation in education that sets an example for other states and has a significant impact on student achievement. Hawaii’s selection this year recognizes the success of programs like Strive Hawaii that has increased college and career readiness by 42%, increased the number of students enrolling in Early College credit-earning programs by 74%, and decreased the number of graduates needing remediation by nearly one-third. The award also recognizes Hawaii’s improvement in teacher retention through mentoring initiatives that have helped increase five-year teacher retention from 44% to 52%. Education is the key to unlocking a better and brighter future for our next generation, and this award recognizes important and sorely needed progress for our state. Mahalo to our teachers, faculty, parents, and communities who are critical to helping our keiki grow and thrive.

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