I know firsthand how Hawaiians are not represented well in upper cannons of education... meaning... many Hawaiians do not attend college or pursue higher learning. That is where the Native Hawaiian Education Act comes in: http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/pg104.html
A few key points:
"(E) Native Hawaiian students continue to be overrepresented among students qualifying for special education programs provided to students with learning disabilities, mild mental retardation, emotional impairment, and other such disabilities;
(F) Native Hawaiians continue to be underrepresented in institutions of higher education and among adults who have completed four or more years of college;
(G) Native Hawaiians continue to be disproportionately represented in many negative social and physical statistics indicative of special educational needs, as demonstrated by the fact that — "
So to me... this act is very much needed.
Anyway if anyone wants to apply for a grant here is some information:
Hawaiian grant training next week
Workshops instructing educators on how to apply for $9.5 million in competitive grants available for programs that advance the education of Hawaiian students will be held by U.S. Department of Education officials around the Islands next week.
The money, available through the Native Hawaiian Education Act, is intended to support innovative projects that further education of Hawaiian students, according to Colin Kippen, executive director of the Native Hawaiian Education Council, which coordinates activities under the act.
Awards will be for up to $1.1 million and cover up to 36 months. Application deadline: March 24.
The 90-minute workshops:
9:30 a.m. Monday, Ma'ili Elementary School library.
3:30 p.m. Monday, Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Manoa Grand Ballroom.
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Kahuku High and Intermediate library.
2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School library.
11 a.m. Wednesday, Maui Community College, Ka'a'ike Room 103 and Lana'i Education Center (via teleconference).
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Kualapu'u Elementary School cafeteria.
10:30 a.m. Feb. 16, West Kaua'i Technology and Visitor Center.
4:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center, Kaua'i unit.
10 a.m. Feb. 17, Kahilu Town Hall/YMCA in Waimea, Big Island.
4:30 p.m., Feb. 17, Hawai'i Community College, Building 379, Room 1, Big Island.
For more information, call Heather Kina at 845-9883.
Seen at http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060209/NEWS23/602090368/1173/NEWS