October 25, 2016

Hirono Announces More Than $1.5 Million in Federal Funding for Hawaii’s Public Schools

Funding Will Be Used to Improve Student Achievement

Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that the Hawaii Department of Education will receive $1.56 million in federal funding to improve academic achievement at schools throughout the state. The U.S. Department of Education funding will be allocated among Hawaii’s priority status schools to provide students and teachers with additional resources to improve performance in the classroom.                                                                                   

“This funding ensures that Hawaii’s public schools will continue to have the necessary resources to help all students succeed,” said Senator Hirono.

“Providing the additional supports to schools that need it most is key to their success,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “We’ve seen the impact extended learning opportunities and professional development for teachers have made. In order to make improvements, we need to provide schools resources. This grant allows us the opportunity to move forward.”

The funding will be awarded through the U.S. Department of Education’s School Improvement Grants (SIGs) program, which supports state and local educational agencies that demonstrate the greatest need for funds and the strongest commitment to improving student achievement. This year’s award will continue to support the Hawaii Department of Education in its efforts to provide more opportunities for students and teachers in Hawaii’s schools.