Hawaii State Department of Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi released a statement Tuesday to address the discussion over the DOE's role in the special session regarding Senate Bill 1.
Matayoshi says the DOE does not have marriage as a lesson in its curriculum.
"The DOE and its public schools remain committed to teaching all students regardless of their home situation. We understand that our students come from a variety of backgrounds, whether the adult caregivers in their lives are married, single, in a civil union, a grandparent, foster parents or incarcerated parents, are divorced, or divorced and remarried," said Matayoshi. "Whatever the case may be, we support, care for and educate all children to help them fulfill their potential. We teach students how to treat each other with respect and aloha. We hope that all adults can share in the responsibility as a community of living aloha."
Matayoshi also said that the DOE is equally committed to providing a safe and enjoyable learning atmosphere for students, families and educators and promoting a sense of belonging and acceptance in the school communities.