A Hawaiʻi education organization is seeking financial data on public schools but has said data made public by the state is incomplete.
The Education Institute of Hawaii has come up short in its efforts to collect all the budget data it wants from the state Department of Education, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday.
There is up to $1 billion in unaccounted spending within revenue and expenditure data, the nonprofit institute said.
A 2017 financial audit shows expenditures of $2.8 billion, while the department provided data showing $1.8 billion in expenditures, the institute said.
“We want to help the Department of Education help themselves,” said Ray L’Heureux, institute president and board chairman. “You know there’s distrust with the Legislature. We need transparency.”
The institute wants to capture all