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Sen. Schatz allocates $73M toward Hawaiʻi's Title I schools

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Over 100 Title I schools in the state will be eligible to receive a piece of the $73 million Sen. Brian Schatz has set aside from the federal budget.

Schools with a high percentage of children in low-income families are on the list to receive funding. The allocation is an increase of about $15 million from last year and will go to hire more teachers, support existing academic programs and purchase new classroom technology.

To be considered a Title I school, the state's Department of Education evaluates the student population for those who come from families with a minimum poverty threshold of 47.2%, based on data from the Community Eligibility Provision and the Free and Reduced Lunch Program.

The funding will benefit roughly 85,000 K-12 students in the state. In 2021, the DOE considered 50% of their students to be economically disadvantaged, with more than 3,500 being homeless.

According to Schatz's office, the funds will be distributed 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

For a full list of Title I schools and their eligibility levels, click here.

Casey Harlow is an HPR reporter and occasionally fills in as local host of Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Contact him at charlow@hawaiipublicradio.org or on Twitter (@CaseyHarlow).
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