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Posted: Saturday, April 26th, 2014 6:33 AM HST

Hawaii Education Department investigating official

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) The Hawaii Department of Education is investigating its civil rights compliance director after complaints she conducted poor investigations and did campaign work on state time.

Hawaii News Now reports that department spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz confirmed the investigation of Susan Kitsu.

Kitsu declined to comment to the television station. She is being represented by her union, the Hawaii Government Employees' Association.

Civil rights attorney Eric Seitz says he believes Kitsu may be taking blame for institutional failings that have been going on a long time. He says the department has denied students mental health treatments and programs.

This week, state lawmakers approved $190,000 in settlements for three children with mental disabilities who were mistreated at an elementary school. Seitz says the complaints were among 30 to 40 complaints he's been involved with over the past three decades.

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