Gov. Neil Abercrombie is asking the Hawaii Legislature for millions of dollars less for education spending next year than the Department of Education wants. In fact, the governor’s spending plan is $23 million lower than the department’s.

The Hawaii State Board of Education on Tuesday received the governor’s budget request for 2013.

The governor is lower in three key areas:

  • Transportation, where he wants $17 million less
  • Special education, $3.3 million less for supplies
  • School meals, $3 million less

Abercrombie went along with all of the department’s other increases, including $13.5 million for the Weighted Student Formula, money that is distributed to schools based on a student-based formula, and $2.5 million for adult community schools.

Read the full comparison of the district’s and the governor’s requests:

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