Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today applauded the passage of her amendment to reauthorize the Native Hawaiian Education Act. The amendment was made to H.R. 5, which will be considered by the House for final passage tomorrow. Reps. Don Young (R-AK) and Tulsi Gabbard introduced the amendment, which passed by a vote of 263-161.
"The Native Hawaiian Education Act ensures that native students across the country have resources to meet the unique cultural and language needs of these communities," said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who spoke in support of the amendment on the House floor today. "By passing this amendment, we are empowering and educating the next generation in communities that have largely been underserved, at the same time preserving rich and unique culture, language, and values of our native people."
Last week, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard spoke on the House floor urging her colleagues to support the Native Hawaiian Education Act, and recently met with stakeholders in the Native Hawaiian education community on Kaua"i, Maui, Moloka"i earlier this month.
The Native Hawaiian Education Act authorizes a competitive grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to support innovative education activities to increase student achievement among Native Hawaiians. The amendment would expand eligibility to charter schools and increase communication between ED and stakeholders in Hawai"i to determine priorities for grant funding, in addition to reauthorizing the Native American and Alaska Native education programs.
Hawai"i's entire congressional delegation has sponsored legislation to reauthorize the NHEA.