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Hawaii Educational Policy Center

By State Department of Education

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Book Id: WPLBN0000670886
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Hawaii Educational Policy Center  
Author: State Department of Education
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Education, Hawaii. Education, Dept. of
Collections: Hawaii State Government Document Collection
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Publisher: State Department of Education


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Excerpt: Act 51, the Reinventing Education Act of 2004, mandates that public schools in Hawai?i (with the possible exception of charter schools) will receive funding via a new method called Weighted Student Funding (WSF) by 2006-07. Let?s look at some frequently asked questions about WSF. How Does WSF Differ from Current System? Currently schools receive funding as staffing positions based on enrollment. Under WSF schools will receive funding in dollars based on characteristics that effect learning exhibited by each student attending the school. What Are These Characteristics and How Were They Identified? The Committee on Weights (made up of teachers, principals, parents, etc.) identified three characteristics: economic disadvantage (as evidenced by a student?s eligibility for free or reduced lunch program), lack of English proficiency, and special education. Since educating students with these characteristics requires more resources, these characteristics are ?weighted? over and above the base per-pupil funding for all students. The Committee?s recommendation is a .10 weight in addition to the base amount for an economically disadvantaged student, a .23 weight for limited English speakers, and a 0 weight for special education students since special education money is already distributed to schools using a federal court approved weighted staffing formula. Adjustments in funding will also be made for small schools and possibly for particular types of schools, i.e. elementary, middle or high school.


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