Hawaii education department has budget cuts reduced

By: | January 25, 2021

Hawaii Gov. David Ige has told the state Department of Education that its budget cuts would be reduced by about $123 million because of additional federal funds and more optimistic revenue projections.

The Department of Education had been expected to reduce its overall budget by about 10% — that figure has been reduced to about 2.5%.

A 10% budget cut could have resulted in the loss of almost 1,000 department positions, including about 800 teachers, special education teachers, librarians and counselors, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

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