The department “recognizes the curriculum does contain content that reviewers found acceptable and aligned to standards, and will be working with schools that use Acellus to identify and leverage such content, as appropriate,” the letter said.
Acellus representatives didn’t return phone messages from The Associated Press Monday and Tuesday.
Schools across the nation use Acellus, according to the Missouri-based company.
Parental complaints have prompted schools in other states to drop the program.
“During the summer months, in an effort to respond quickly, Acellus was offered to families reluctant to physically send their child to school when the school year opened,” Kishimoto’s letter said.
Complaints included misspelling and mispronunciation of Queen Liliʻuokalani — the last monarch to rule the Hawaiian Kingdom — and racist depictions of Black Americans and Islamophobic stereotypes. Some have also complained the program lacks rigor.
School officials are working on a transition plan, Kishimoto’s letter said: “It