I just returned from an all-day conference on Hawaii's public education system. The symposium, called the 2016 Hawaii Education Summit, was hosted by Governor David Y. Ige's office. It was open to any stakeholder in public education.
I'd like to start off with a heartfelt mahalo to the Governor, the First Lady and the office staff. Putting together an event of this size in just a few months is phenomenal for anyone. It's nearly unprecedented in government.
As for the event itself, it was well-organized and quite well attended with 1,000 participants. Material was pertinent and informative. Best of all, everyone -- including parents and students -- had the opportunity to provide direct feedback to the Administration.