Signwavers support local school boards

LIHUE – About a dozen supporters of localized school boards showed up at the state Board of Education’s general meeting Thursday evening in front of the Lihue Library.

Signwaver Harold Nelson said he supports Governor Linda Lingle’s platform for local school boards because, “Kauai people are able to make decisions for Kauai.”

Board member Lex Brodie didn’t comment about local school boards, but did speak with Kalaheo resident Betty Chandler about early childhood education.

“Too many children are not ready for school,” he said, pointing to a need for “behavior before learning.” He said that many of Hawaii’s high school dropouts are barely literate and didn’t succeed in school due to behavioral problems that could have been dealt with at an early age.

“I feel very strongly in favor of a law that at age 2, the mother bring the child to the nearest public school to be assessed,” he added.

Thursday’s meeting included details on budget reductions and the appointment of an acting state librarian.

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