|Teachers should step to the head of the line
A pay raise for teachers in the neighborhood of 19 percent should in no way imply that all public workers must in fairness receive a similar increase. This is the year that teachers must step to the head of the line.
IRS settlement helps Kamehameha's healing
The final duty of the former Bishop Estate trust, and its trustees, is the education of the youngsters served by Kamehameha Schools. That primary duty got somewhat lost in the financial shuffle.
Air quality proves that fireworks laws do work
Air-monitoring stations at six locations found the level of smoke particles in the air to be well below the states legal limits in all but one location. That must be a lesson for this year's Legislature. There is no room for ducking because "nothing can be done."
Special education can be done
The Department of Education and the Legislature have it within their means to make the special education program workable before the feds step in. By Larry Geller, executive director of the Hawai'i Coalition for Health.