WASHINGTON D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed legislation that would support funding for Hawaii schools and improve Native Hawaiian education.
"The best investment we can make is in our kids," said U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, who worked to include key provisions to support education in Hawaii. "This bipartisan bill gives Hawaii schools the flexibility and the funding to improve access to high-quality education, implement innovative approaches, and preserve key programs that help students succeed in school and in life."
The Senate voted 85-12 to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act, legislation that reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces No Child Left Behind.
The act includes the following that would benefit education in Hawaii:
- Funding for Federal Impact Aid, a program that provides tens of millions of federal dollars to support Hawaii schools
- Authorization of a competitive grant program to empower school districts, educational service agencies and community organizations to implement and expand innovative educational strategies.
- Support for Native Hawaiian education programs and schools, including the expansion of eligibility to charter schools as well as more than $160 million over the next five years; a grant initiative to establish or expand Native language immersion programs.