Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Suit alleges constitutionally guaranteed Hawaiian language education is unavailable on Lanai

The Department of Education has a constitutional mandate to establish a statewide public school system that consists of, among other things, a comprehensive Hawaiian education program consisting of culture, history and language," Chelsa-Marie Kealohalani Clarabal says in her Oct. 24 complaint against the state Board of Education. "Nevertheless, children on Lanai, an isolated, rural community do not have access to such a program.

by Larry Geller

Courthouse News Service described a lawsuit filed in Hawaii's First Circuit Court at Mom Demands Hawaiian Language Classes (Courthouse News Service, 10/29/2014).

There is one elementary school on the island, and apparently a Hawaiian-language education is not possible.

The 15-page complaint alleges widespread violations of education standards on Lanai, including lack of teachers competent in Hawaiian and severe understaffing. Clarabal claims at least one of her children was "reprimanded" by her teacher for doing written assignments in Hawaiian.

For details, please read the article at the link.


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