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Hawaii taxpayers would spend millions on private preschools if amendment passes
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:23 AM :: 4184 Views :: Education K-12

Hawaii taxpayers would spend millions on private preschools if amendment passes

by Malia Zimmerman, Watchdog.org, November 3, 2014 

HONOLULU — Hawaii is the only state that prohibits government funding of private preschools, but that may change Tuesday.

Hawaii’s voters will be asked whether the state constitution should be amended so taxpayers can subsidize private preschool education.

Amendment 4, “The Hawaii State Funding for Private Early Childhood Education Programs,” asks:

“Shall the appropriation of public funds be permitted for the support or benefit of private early childhood education programs, as provided by law, to help the State meet its goal of providing an early learning system for the children of Hawaii?”

The measure can be approved only  if the amendment gets majority support.

Rep. Gene Ward, R-Hawaii Kai, said he supports the amendment.

“I see there is a divide in our country between the educated and uneducated. I believe this program can pump up education and help close that education gap,” Ward said. “”Education is the key survival for this nation. We cannot afford to be so far left behind.”

If the amendment passes, the state would set aside $125 million a year to fund the program, and that amount could increase in future years.

Rep. Bob McDermott, R-Aiea, said he doesn’t support the amendment, in large part because the state can’t afford it.

“There will be a huge tax increase to support the new program,” McDermott said.

“Campbell High School has not had air-conditioning on its campus for 50 years. At Nanikuli and Waianae High Schools, the dropout rate is 30 percent, 68 percent of who go to prison. This amendment is focused on the wrong things. It’s a baby-siting service as far as I am concerned.”

As Ballotpedia notes, Amendment 4 isn’t a voucher program, rather, it’s a direct payment to preschools. About 17,500 youngsters would be eligible.

Hawaii already provides vouchers through its Open Doors program, which subsidizes private preschool tuition for about 420 low-income families....

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(Reprinted with permission of Watchdog.org)

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