comscore Newswatch | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Hawaii News | Newswatch

Newswatch

[ AD HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS STORY ]

Lingle defends funds’ use

Gov. Linda Lingle is defending her decision not to use $35 million in federal economic stimulus funds to reduce school furloughs.

In a statement yesterday, Lingle said the money benefited public school students by aiding charter schools, science programs and after-school programs. She says it also helped Hawaii win a $75 million federal Race to the Top grant.

Lingle policy adviser Linda Smith said Tuesday that Lingle had committed the funds before furloughs became an issue.

The governor’s comments came a day after the chairwoman of the Legislative Federal Economic Stimulus Program Oversight Commission said Lingle’s decision may not have been the wisest.

The furloughs eliminated 17 instructional days during the 2009-2010 school year.

 

Comments have been disabled for this story...

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up