- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - The state attorney general says a judge has ruled that the Hawaii Department of Education didn’t violate the state constitution by not making a Hawaiian language immersion program available for students on Lanai.

According to the attorney general’s office, the judge ruled in favor of the state Wednesday.

A Lanai mother sued the state in 2014 over a lack of Hawaiian immersion education for her daughters.

Department spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz says it’s a challenge to find qualified teachers for Hawaiian immersion. She says the department has been exploring options to provide Hawaiian immersion on Lanai and is working on finding a solution to the staffing shortage.

Attorneys from the Native Hawaiian Legal Corp. who filed the lawsuit couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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