Investing in Hawai‘i's most important resource, its people, to build a thriving innovation economy.
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.
Worked alongside more than 3,000 educators and community members statewide to complete the new Blueprint for Education, improving the quality of instruction and retaining 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.
Supported the development of the new STEM Education Building at Waimea Middle School, offering a new educational approach that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.
Recognized for bringing the CyberStart pilot program to students for job training while preparing for cyber security statewide advancement.