ERIC Number: ED336858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
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The A+ After School Program in Hawaii.
Thompson, John A.
Hawaii's executive branch initiated on February 1, 1990, a large-scale plan to relieve the problem of "latch key children" with an afterschool supervised program. Since the legislature had not appropriated funds to establish the program, the governor chose to finance it from monies paid by the United States as compensation for federally connected students who attend public schools. Each elementary school conducted a survey to determine parental interest in the program. Out of a possible 176 sites, 170 were authorized to carry out the "A+ Program." A total of 15,503 children were enrolled, of whom approximately 4,100 received tuition waivers for the $23 per month tuition. A large majority of the parents, 99 percent of 11,600 surveyed at the conclusion of the 4-month pilot program, were satisfied with the program's quality. Problems that the legislature will be forced ultimately to decide include the following: (1) the program only operates during regular school days; (2) the program is only available to students who attend public schools; and (3) private providers of afterschool care complained that the actions of the state would jeopardize their livelihood and are a form of unfair competition. (MLF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Finance Association (Williamsburg, VA, March 14-17, 1991).