Getting to the bottom of Hawai‘i’s education budget

The early word from the Legislature after the session ended was that Hawai‘i public schools took a $16.4 million hit in next year’s budget.

The Hawai‘i State Board of Education on Tuesday will consider a recommendation by Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi on how to spread those cuts.

But the focus on the $16.4 million could give the Hawai‘i public an incomplete impression about overall spending on K-12 education, which is actually going up.

Read the whole story at Civil Beat.

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                        FY2011              FY2012         Change  Percent Change

Charter Schools  $56,597,204     $59,680,071     $3,082,867    5.45%

Employe Benefits $456,323,320   $516,962,335   $60,639,015 13.29%

Debt Service   $194,800,000     $223,000,000     $28,200,000    14.48%

Total               $707,720,524    $799,642,496     $91,821,972    12.97%

FY 2011 Appropriation: $1,651,921,473

FY 2011 Actual: $1,756,405,353

FY 2012: $1,739,098,253

Change from Actual: ($17,307,100)

Percent Change: -0.99%

            FY 2011           FY 2012               Change         Percent Change

DOE  $1,756,405,353   $1,739,098,253     ($17,307,100)    -0.99%

Civil Beat $2,464,425,877   $2,538,740,659  $74,314,782    3.02%


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