Public asked for views on education spending

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii residents are being asked to express their views as the state Department of Education prepares a final budget recommendation for the Board of Education.

The public can weigh in by answering questions of a survey on the department's website.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the survey asks residents to identify key education spending priorities.

It also asks whether revenue-generating programs should be supported only by fees. Such programs include the A-Plus after-school program, summer school, athletics, adult education and school buses.

The DOE's chief financial officer, James Brese, says survey results will be incorporated into a budget presentation the department will make to board members this month.

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