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A Golden Opportunity

Stimulus funds are available for education system.

November 5, 2009
Commentary contributed by Susan Bradford · Kīhei

The good news? Hawai‘i presently has an unprecedented opportunity to fix this problem: to upgrade our educational system (let’s at least rank 25th in the nation for a start), better educate our kids and prepare them for their future (as well as ours), and put our teachers back to work!

How? Funding from the federal stimulus program, as it does in other states, could be used to extend the school year and enhance instruction. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (The Maui News, Oct. 26), is offering $250,000 apiece to help states apply for the stimulus funds, as long as the states go along with the foundation’s researched approach to improving our schools.

What are we waiting for? Why aren’t the governor, House, Senate and the state Department of Education scrambling to take advantage of this golden opportunity to receive help/funding from the U.S. Department of Education and the Gates Foundation? Our legislators in Washington have offered to help.



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