HSTA 20 Points for the Constitutional Amendment for School Funding (flyer linked to sources)

Parents for Public Schools of Hawaii Flyer for School Funding Constitutional Amendment (sources for this flyer are listed below)

Point/URL Source Title/Description Date
Hawaii spends the lowest % of county and state funds on education in the country. HI Dept. of Bus., Econ. Dev. & Tourism “An Analysis of Real Property Tax in Hawaii” Mar 2017
­Adjusted for cost of living, Hawai‘i ranks 45th in the nation in per pupil spending. EdBuild Article by non-profit organization focused on public school funding 2016 survey
­Adjusted for cost of living, Hawai‘i teachers are the lowest paid in the nation. NPR “The Fight Over Teacher Salaries: A Look At The Numbers” Mar 16, 2018
­Many Hawai‘i public school students attend school all year without qualified teachers Civil Beat “Hawaii Has Fewer Certified Teachers This Year” Nov 2017
­Hawai‘i is ranked 49th worst state in which to be a teacher. Pacific Business News “Hawaii is one of the worst US states for teachers” Sep 2017
Native Hawaiian students are more likely to have unqualified teachers than others. Hawaii DOE Equitable Access to Excellent Educators Nov 2015
Hawaii is the only state without property tax funding of public education. Nat’l Center for Ed. Statistics Tables of Data on all states 2013-2014
­Hawai‘i has the lowest property tax rate in the country. Wallet Hub Property Taxes By State Feb 2018
­Low property taxes lead to high prices for homes and land. Civil Beat “Why the prices of homes and everything else are high in Hawaii” May 2014
­Off-island investors use Hawai‘i property for gains without paying significant taxes. Honolulu Magazine “Will the Kaka‘ako Condo Boom Ease Honolulu’s Housing Crisis?” May 2016
­Foreign owned properties are 64% more expensive than local residents’ homes. HI Dept of Bus, Econ Dev & Tourism Research and Economic Analysis Division Residential Property Analysis May 2016
The proposed surcharge is ONLY on investment properties- not on residents’ homes Hawaii State Legislative Website Constitution – Taxation and Public Education amendment sections April 2018