Hawai‘i to receive over $115M in education

WASHINGTON — Hawai‘i will receive $115,257,706 in federal funds for education this fiscal year including more than $39 million for education programs targeting children living with disabilities and more than $47 million for the improvement of existing state programs, Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka, and U.S. Reps. Mazie Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa announced Tuesday in a press release.

The funds were appropriated for Fiscal Year 2011 and are distributed by the U.S. Department of Education.

Hawai‘i will receive $39,562,879 through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and $75,694,627 through 10 grant programs administered by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education.

More than 18,000 Hawai‘i students in kindergarten through 12th Grade receive services paid for by the IDEA Act.

“I am pleased that Hawai‘i will receive its share of federal funds that are essential to the education of children living with disabilities,” Inouye said in the release. “We must provide for the unique needs of all children and these funds will help maintain and improve Hawai‘i’s education system. By providing our young people with access to a quality education we are investing in a successful future for our community,”

“At a time when many states are tightening budgets, these crucial funds will allow Hawai‘i schools to continue programs to meet the needs of students with disabilities,” Akaka said. “All keiki deserve a quality education.”

“All Hawai‘i’s children deserve the chance to reach their full potential,” said Hirono, member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. “Close to 18,000 students in Hawai‘i, grades K-12, receive IDEA services. Investments in education like this will help children with disabilities succeed in school and will pay off in the long run for our families and communities.”

“All children deserve a quality education — these funds will help ensure students with disabilities receive the special services and educational assistance they need to succeed in their studies,” Hanabusa said.

U.S. DOE Grant Awards for FY 2011

1. Title I, Part A – Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies: $47,568,135               

2. Title I, Part C – Education of Migratory Children: $833, 732                        

3. Title I, Part D, Subpart 1 – Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At- Risk: $354,956

4. Title II, Part A – Improving Teacher Quality State Grants: $11,562,580                 

5. Title II, Part B – Mathematics and Science Partnerships: $871,257

6. Title III, Part A – English Language Acquisition State Grants: $2,990,877

7. Title IV, Part B – 21st Century Community Learning Centers: $5,653,833

8. Title VI, Section 6111 – Grants for State Assessments and Related Activities: $3,871,726

9. School Improvement Grants, ESEA section 1003(g): $1,773,348

10. McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act – Education for Homeless Children: $214,183

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