State receiving millions in education money

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The federal government is giving Hawaii $115,257,706 in education money this fiscal year.

More than $39 million of those funds will go to education programs targeting children with disabilities. More than $47 million will go towards the improvement of current state programs.

The state will receive $39,562,879 from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and $75,694,627 through 10 grants programs administered by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) at the U.S. Department of Education.

Close to 18,000 local students from kindergarten to grade 12 will receive services paid for by the IDEA Act.

Sen. Daniel Inouye, Sen. Daniel Akaka, U.S. Representative Mazie Hirono and U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa released the following statements:

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

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

"All Hawaii's children deserve the chance to reach their full potential," said Congresswoman Hirono, member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. "Close to 18,000 students in Hawaii, 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. I will continue to work hard to provide all the federal assistance I can to help educate Hawaii's keiki," Congresswoman Hanabusa said.

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