Gabbard visits Hawaii schools targeted for reforms

Published On: May 01 2013 02:10:14 PM HST
WAIANAE, Hawaii -

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is visiting low-income, low-performing Hawaii schools targeted for education reforms under a $75 million federal grant.
    
The congresswoman toured schools in Nanakuli Wednesday.  On Tuesday, she visited Keaau schools on the Big Island.
    
Gabbard says she wants to understand first-hand the challenges and successes of schools that make up the zones most affected by the reforms.  She wants to know how they're doing so that she can relay their progress to officials in Washington, D.C.  At Nanakuli High and Intermediate School, she heard about what's being done to improve test scores.
    
The U.S. Department of Education warned the state it hadn't made acceptable progress on a reform plan that won Hawaii the grant.  They warned Hawaii could lose the money if progress isn't made.

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