Maui County schools will receive an additional $7.4 million in federal funding in 2023-24 under Title I Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which aims to assist at-risk children and those living in low-income families.
The money will be targeted toward programs to help those students and the teachers who support them.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act was created in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty and has been a consistent source of funding for schools with high numbers of under-served students.
Overall, Hawai’i will pull in a projected $73 million in new federal funds for the 2023-24 school year, broken down as follows:
- $3,107,773 for the County of Kaua‘i
- $46,760,813 for the City and County of Honolulu
- $7,408,395 for the County of Maui
- $15,853,286 for the County of Hawai‘i
“Hawai‘i public schools are getting a big boost,” said Sen. Brian Schatz, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This new money will help hire more teachers and offer more academic support programs for students in need.”