DOE Officials Preview Budget Priorities To Hawaii Lawmakers … The interim superintendent, meanwhile, apologized for the recent failure of dozens of schools to report the number of Covid cases as required by law.

State education officials stressed the importance of catching kids up academically and bolstering student support services amid the pandemic as they tried to make the case to lawmakers Thursday for a $270 million budget request for next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

The Hawaii Department of Education, which is funded mostly with state general funds and is the largest agency in terms of the number of employees, is coming into the 2022 legislative session, which starts Jan. 19, with some momentum from the executive office.

Gov. David Ige’s supplemental budget proposes restoring $100.2 million to the DOE base budget — funds that were cut last year due to revenue shortfalls — and adding $32.5 million to cover teacher salary differentials that were sustained this fiscal year by federal Covid aid.

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