HNN reported on the shortfall and lack of conclusive data on the need for connectivity and devices to effectively deliver virtual learning to our keiki.

Executive Director, Cheri Nakamura,  noted that HE‘E, a coalition of organizations, parents, and community members dedicated to excellence in education noted that HE‘E sent a letter to the HI DOE last April asking about family access to Internet and devices. Parents for Public Schools of Hawai‘i is a voting member of HE‘E. Throughout this pandemic, HE‘E has hosted a weekly conference call with its members (listed below) and representatives of the HI DOE. These very productive meetings continue. HI DOE representatives are extremely helpful but often do not have the information sought.

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HE‘E Members and Participants:
Academy 21
After-School All-Stars Hawaii
Alliance for Place Based Learning
*Castle Complex Community Council
*Castle-Kahuku Principal and CAS
Coalition for Children with Special Needs
*Faith Action for Community Equity
Fresh Leadership LLC
Girl Scouts Hawaii
Harold K.L. Castle Foundation
*Hawai‘i Afterschool Alliance
*Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice
Hawai‘i Athletic League of Scholars
*Hawai‘i Charter School Network
*Hawai‘i Children’s Action Network
Hawai‘i Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition
*Hawaii State PTSA
Hawai‘i State Student Council
Hawai‘i State Teachers Association
Hawai‘i P-20
Hawai‘i 3Rs
Head Start Collaboration Office
It’s All About Kids
Joint Venture Education Forum
Junior Achievement of Hawaii
Kamehameha Schools
Kanu Hawai‘i
*Kaua‘i Ho‘okele Council
Keiki to Career Kaua‘i
Kupu A‘e
*Leaders for the Next Generation
Learning First
McREL’s Pacific Center for Changing the Odds
*Native Hawaiian Education Council
Our Public School
*Pacific Resources for Education and Learning
*Parents and Children Together
*Parents for Public Schools Hawai‘i
Punahou School PUEO Program
*Teach for America
The Learning Coalition
University of Hawai‘i College of Education
YMCA of Honolulu

Voting Members (*) Voting member organizations vote on action items while individual and non-voting participants may collaborate on all efforts within the coalition.