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Senate Passes Provisions to Improve, Expand Native Hawaiian Education

olelo hawaii. file photo. [1]

olelo hawaii. file photo.

Today by a vote of 85-12, the US Senate passed provisions to improve and expand Native Hawaiian and Native languages education.

The provisions, which now head to the President for his signature, were part of a compromise measure to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

US Senator Brian Schatz, who introduced several of the provisions, said Native languages “have the power to strengthen the connection between students, their communities and their cultures.”

Among them was the re-authorization of the Native Hawaiian education program which includes the expansion of eligibility to charter schools, and more than $160 million over the next five years.

Other key provisions introduced by Schatz to improve Native Hawaiian education include the following: