The State Department of Education proposed a new 10 year strategic plan for the state's public school system called the 2030 Promise Plan. On Saturday, teachers from public and private schools had a discussion on the future of Hawaii's keiki.

"We're all here because we just want all of our schools to be better and all of our students," Alan Tamayose, a teacher at Kamehameha Schools, said. "A lot of people are really excited about how we can improve our schools here in Hawaii. They're already amazing but we can do better."

The plan has five promises to students: a Hawaii centered education, equity, school design, empowerment and innovation. DOE says the goal with the next 10 years is to identify what will make these promises a reality for every student in every school by 2030? What does that look like, and how do we get there?

Non-profit HawaiiKidsCAN wants to make sure the community gets involved. The group has been hosting feedback sessions for students, parents, teachers and anyone who wants to have a say.

"We're gonna look back at this time in 10 years and see this is a moment that our whole community decides to come together and really make a transformative difference for our kids and what kind of education they're receiving," David Miyashiro, HawaiiKidsCAN executive director, said.

After the feedback period closes on August 1, DOE will work on the first draft of the plan but it's going to be a long process. The next step is to get more public feedback before crafting benchmarks.

"I'm optimistic that feedback shared in these groups will be taken into consideration by the DOE," Miyashiro said.

The Board of Education has to approve the plan. The DOE hopes that happens by winter, 2020.

HawaiiKidsCAN is hosting two more sessions on Oahu next month. 

Tuesday July 9, 2019, 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Halau Inana at  2438 S Beretania St

Saturday July 20, 2019, 10 - 11:30 a.m. at Nanakuli Public Library at 89-070 Farrington Hwy.