The Hawaii Department of Education, as noted in the response submitted in the Consolidation Plan, is cognizant of the need to ensure equitable access to and participation in its federally assisted programs. We emphasized that we are especially aware of this requirement due to the Felix Consent Decree.
At the Superintendent’s Leadership Conference on June 12, 2002, she reiterated the firm conviction that leadership and support staff must target ALL students in what we believe and what we do to support schools and students to enable them to achieve to high standards. This directive includes providing the necessary support to all professional educators in the school system to enable them to do the best job they can to achieve the Performance Goals in the NCLB Act we have agreed to as our goals as well.
Access to assistance means providing alternatives in the kinds of support services provided for professional development and teaching and learning to ensure equitable access by educators, students and parents. Timely communication and outreach to stakeholders is important. Discrimination due to gender, race, or religion is not tolerated.