McDermott uncovers more “Pono Choices” irregularities

Ohana Policy Group

State Representative Bob McDermott has revealed today that the University of Hawaii gave away over $52,200 in gift cards to students in the Pono Choices program!

 McDermott Blasts UH for wasting taxpayer money on Pono Choices

McDermott reveals that 'Pono Choices' is research project, and that it awards gift certificates to the children to skew their data. McDermott reveals that ‘Pono Choices’ is actually a research project, and that it awards gift certificates to the children to skew their data.

The University of Hawaii must have plenty of money, since they are spending it on to promote a program that parents clearly said they do not want.

Unknown to parents, the discredited Pono Choices program was a “research project.” Parents were never informed of this fact. They kids were being used as human subjects for research! This is a horrible breach of trust between the DOE and the owners of the system, the parents.

Research projects necessarily require “informed consent” when human subjects are involved. Meaningful informed affirmative consent is the…

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