U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit Hawaii to recognize the state’s progress in education, as well as learn about issues of concern to students, parents, educators and policymakers.
The visit will mark the 50th state Duncan has visited as Education Secretary since taking office in 2009.
On Sunday, Duncan will hold a panel discussion with military families at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam to discuss issues facing military-connected students, particularly those related to their high mobility.
On Monday, Duncan will visit Ka Waihona o ka Naauao Public Charter School in Waianae. There, he will participate in a traditional Hawaiian greeting ceremony and hold a roundtable discussion, learning how the school is using culture-based education to address educational disparities affecting young Native Hawaiians.
Also on Monday, Duncan will join Gov. Neil Abercrombie and state Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi to tour Waipahu High School, where he’ll visit several classrooms to interact with students and teachers and eat lunch at the student-run cafe.
The visit is meant to highlight one of the Obama administration’s key education reform efforts. Waipahu High School is one of many in the state to see progress through the innovative use of Hawaii’s $75 million Race to the Top grant to better prepare students for college and careers.