HONOLULU (AP) Federal officials have cleared Hawaii's Department of Education from its "high-risk" status that had threatened a $75 million grant targeted for reforming struggling schools.
Hawaii officials say the U.S. Department of Education notified them Monday that the grant is now in good standing.
The warning that the money could be taken away put national pressure on Hawaii education officials to show progress on promised reforms. But a bitter contract dispute with the teachers' union led to challenges implementing various reforms, such as an educator evaluation system.
The announcement comes a week before most students start a new school year. Teachers statewide will be greeted with the new evaluation system. The evaluations will be tied to compensation starting next school year.
Schools have until September 2014 to carry out reforms.