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BOE just one vote away from increasing after-school program fees

Jackie Manning Jackie Manning

By Holly Juscen – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Board of Education Committee on Curriculum, Instruction & Student Support voted 5 to 3 Tuesday to increase the fees to the A-Plus after-school program fees.

Currently, parents pay $55 a month per student enrolled in the program, the increased fee would be to $80 per student. There is a sliding scale based on how many siblings are enrolled.

This rate increase would affect thousands of families here in Hawaii. Over 22,000 elementary students are enrolled in A-plus. The problem is that the state cut $2.1 million dollars in funding to balance the budget, so now the burden of the extra $25 a month per student would fall on the parents.

"Almost everyone who voted for this did it reluctantly, but it needs to be self-supporting, and with cuts from the legislature it's not going to be self-supporting, ' said, Board of Education member, Maggie Cox who voted for the fee increase.

"They are making it harder and harder, not only the A-Plus program, but the summer fund program too. So you have to ask yourself is it worth is going to work today, the cost of school versus the cost of child care." said Jackie Manning a concerned parent.

In January, school bus fees went up .40 cents for a one-way fare, and the cost for lunches increases .95 cents per day. The final vote on increasing the A-Plus program fees is expected by the Board of Education on May 20th.

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