State Supreme Court rules students have right to access Hawaiian Language Immersion programs

This week the State Supreme Court ruled that students have a constitutional right to reasonable access to Hawaiian Language Immersion programs.

A Lana’i mother first brought the case to court saying that the only public school on the island did not offer Hawaiian Language Immersion for her two children.

The Department of Education argued that history and language classes were enough but the court said that the DOE could do more.

According to our partners at Civil Beat, there are currently 17 DOE-operated Language Immersion programs and six charter school programs.

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