Students have constitutional right to access Hawaiian language immersion programs, Supreme Court rules
The State Supreme Court ruled this week that students have a constitutional right to reasonable access of Hawaiian language immersion programs.
The case was brought to the court by a Lanai mother who says the island's only school did not offer Hawaiian language immersion for her two children.
The court ruled that the Department of Education (DOE) argued that history and language classes were enough. The court, however, said the DOE could do more.
According to our partners at Civil Beat, there are 17 DOE operated language immersion programs and six charter school programs.