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  • Improved schools by changing the top-down, "one size fits all," decision-making culture at the Department of Education.
  • Empowered schools, faculty, and staff to integrate improved curriculum to enhance student engagement, and provide complete and meaningful direction for career options and future leadership.
  • Expanded the Early College program, so all Hawai‘i public high school students can take courses to earn dual-credits (high school and college credits).
  • Fought to increase teachers’ pay and negotiate a contract they deserve.
  • Exceeded his promise to cool 1,000 classrooms, expected to exceed 1,300 classrooms statewide.
  • Developed an educational blueprint to help improve the quality of instruction and retain more qualified teachers.
  • Expanding campuses and offering a wider curriculum at UH West O‘ahu and Pālamanui in Kona, Hawaii.
  • Is the first Hawai‘i Governor to create “Hawai‘i’s Promise” with the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges, which eliminates the cost of college as a barrier to higher education. Hawai‘i's Promise provides financial assistance for low-income community college students to pay for tuition, books, supplies and transportation costs.
  • Called out Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to keep sexual assault protections on college campuses in place after she threatened rollbacks to these policies.
  • Works to ensure all students can learn within a healthy and safe environment.