Public School Parents Encouraged to Complete Federal Census Survey Cards

Parents of Hawaii public school students are encouraged to complete and return to their school a federal census survey card that was sent home on Sept. 4.

The annual survey determines the number of federally connected students in the public school system for whom the state receives impact aid funds. These funds provide partial reimbursement to the state for local tax loss resulting from tax-free federal installations.

“Federal impact funds are critical to support our students, educators and the overall operation of our schools,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “All parents are encouraged to complete and return the cards.”

School Funding
During the 2011-12 school year, the state accounted for more than 30,000 federally connected students and received more than $80 million – or an average of nearly $2,700 per student – in federal impact aid the following school year. The amount represents about 20 percent of the state’s average per-pupil expenditure.

Parents should contact their school in case they have not yet received a survey card. Cards should be filled out and turned in as soon as possible, ideally by September. However, schools will accept the cards throughout the school year.


One Response

  1. That’s right, it’s all about he money, now days. Money, money, money.

    Who cares if Kimo and Lani (or Johnny and Sally) never learn to really read, write, or do ‘rithmetic; this is the New Education, which means, basically: plenty of the same tired, old and worn out excuses, but no substantive progress and meaningful measurable outcomes to go along with all that expensive, glorified daycare—all paid for by taxpayers.

    Meanwhile, students are learning how to speak, read and write English better (as a *second* language) in many a sweltering, “one room” school in sub-Saharan Africa (etc)—on a “shoe-string” budget, and with teachers who can only dream of getting a salary half as much as the typical whiney, pouty HSTA instructor.

    Just saying.

    “Get those survey cards fillled out and rereturned promptly kids; your “dinosaur” Hawaii Dept. of Education has plenty of adminstrators, support staff, and teachers who want more money.”

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