Rep. Thielen on Education

Good schools, equipped with the resources they need and supported by the communities that use them, are essential to the growth of our keiki and shape the character of our society. To this end, I work with students at local schools every year during my Legislative Roadshow, discussing legislation that will affect them and taking their responses back to the Legislature. I support reducing the teacher-to-student ratio, giving students and teachers the books and equipment they need, and have even physically joined in to renovate classrooms.

Students Rock the Roadshow

Most people don't know what it's like to stand before a House committee and testify for or against a bill, even though every American has this right. That's one reason why it's such a pleasure to go into Windward schools and listen to what our students have to say about a few of the bills being ... (more) Continue Reading

Smooth Sailing at Kainalu Elementary

Kainalu students can now enjoy shady play at school, thanks to the efforts and contributions of the Harold K. L. Castle Foundation, the Kaneohe Marines, school parents and staff. The community came together to install the beautiful, protective shade structure over the once sun-baked preschool play ... (more) Continue Reading

My Education Policy

In the United States, education, more than ethnicity, religion or geography, determines whether a person can achieve the American dream, or be relegated to a life of limitations or even poverty. In today's global and information-based economy, every child who drops out of high school is committing ... (more) Continue Reading

Keiki Caucus

The 2013 Legislative Session marked the 19th anniversary of the Hawaii State Legislature’s Keiki Caucus. Established in 1994, the Keiki Caucus is a bipartisan group of House and Senate members joined by a community resource group of children, youth advocates, and providers. Each year, the Caucus ... (more) Continue Reading