Hawai’i Appleseed is currently investigating the link between the level of student poverty and public schools’ success rates in Hawaii. The percentage of low-income students at a given campus is one of the most significant indicators of both individual student success and of the school’s ability to educate its student body. This study is looking at ways that systemic poverty impacts the public education system in Hawaii and how the effects of poverty on learning can be mitigated.
Much of Appleseed’s work tangentially affects education outcomes in Hawaii. For example, Hawaii Appleseed is currently partnering with local schools to increase the number of eligible children who receive school breakfasts. Currently, only about 40% of Hawaii schoolchildren who are eligible to receive school breakfasts take advantage of this program – the fourth-lowest rate in the country. The positive outcomes of breakfast for children are incontrovertible, and this program will help Hawaii’s keiki improve their academics and make them more ready for school.
Hawaii Keiki Hungry For More Summer Meals July 6 2016
Too Many Hawaii Children Missing Meals During Summer June 22 2016
Not Enough Hawaii Students Start The Day Off Right March 10 2016
Hawaii Board of Education Passes Student Discipline Policy September 2 2015