2015 Legislative Priorities
Pictured bottom row l to r: Debi Hartmann, Government Relations Specialist Kendra-Ito Mizota
Pictured top row l to r: HSTA Teacher Lobbyist Joan Kamila Lewis and Government Relations Chair Anne Cross.
Read about HSTA’s 2015 Legislative Priorities HERE » (pdf)
HSTA Legislative Action Center
February 3, 2015
See the bills that we are monitoring during the 2015 Legislative Session HERE>>>
2015 HSTA Legislative Priorities
Advocating for Quality Public Education in Hawaii
Attract and retain the best and brightest to Hawaii’s public education system. Teachers are trusted professionals who understand the classroom and are best equipped to improve student learning and affect change.
SB368 Collective Bargaining Cost Items; Bargaining Unit (5)
Read HSTA Testimony on SB368 - Relating to Collective Bargaining HERE » (pdf)Posted February 5, 2015
Mahalo to The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor for their support of SB368:
The committee(s) on JDL recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in JDL were as follows: 6 Aye(s): Senator(s) Keith-Agaran, Shimabukuro, Espero, Gabbard, Ihara, L. Thielen; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 1 No(es): Senator(s) Slom; and 0 Excused: none.
SB1080 Appropriations for Collective Bargaining Items
Read HSTA Testimony on SB1080 - Relating to Collective Bargaining HERE » (pdf)Posted February 5, 2015
This is the status of SB1080:
The committee(s) on JDL recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in JDL were as follows: 6 Aye(s): Senator(s) Keith-Agaran, Shimabukuro, Espero, Gabbard, Ihara, L. Thielen; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 1 No(es): Senator(s) Slom; and 0 Excused: none
Read HSTA Testimony on SB864 - Relating to Exemption of Rent for Teachers HERE » (pdf)Posted February 5, 2015
•Provide competitive salaries, benefits, resources, mentoring and the support that every professional needs.
Hearings for SB843, SB844, SB863 are scheduled for Friday, February 13, 2015:
•Authorize full funding for Special Education teaching and support staff positions to meet student needs.
Create optimal learning environments for our students. All students deserve safe and inviting classrooms that are conducive to learning.
•Monitor climate control (e.g., air conditioning) and air quality of school buildings.
HB759 Relating to Cooling Systems in Public School Facilities
Read HSTA Testimony on HB 759 Relating to Cooling Systems in Public School Facilities HERE » (pdf) Posted February 2, 2015
Enable quality learning experiences. Reduce the burden on students and rededicate classroom time to instill a sense of curiosity and joy of learning.
•Lessen state standardized test requirements and focus on providing learning opportunities that create well-rounded students.
•Repeal Act 167 and Act 52 regarding the current bell schedule legislation, which create unrealistic requirements for instructional time.
Mahalo to the members who shared their stories from the classroom by submitting testimony on HB14.
HSTA supports HB14 (March 8, 2015)
HSTA Teacher Lobbyist Joan Kamila Lewis testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Education on February 4, 2015.
Watch Joan’s testimony on VIMEO
HSTA Convention New Business Items
HB11 Teachers; incentives
SB847 Status February 9, 2015: Mahalo to The Senate Committee on Education for their support.
The committee(s) on EDU recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in EDU were as follows: 8 Aye(s): Senator(s) Kidani, Harimoto, Chun Oakland, Keith-Agaran, Kouchi, Nishihara, L. Thielen; Aye(s) with reservations: Senator(s) Slom ; 0 No(es): none; and 1 Excused: Senator(s) Dela Cruz.
Watch HSTA Teacher Lobbyist Joan Kamila Lewis’ testimony on VIMEO
HB12 DOE; Fundraising
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=230 Public School Lands
HB496 Family Leave Trust Fund; Family Leave Insurance Benefits; Appropriation
HB535 Family Leave; Partial Wage Replacement - HSTA Supports
SB845 Bullying; Safe Schools for All Students - HSTA Supports
SB856 Transfers Private Voc Tech from DOE to DCCA
Read HSTA Testimony on SB856 - Transfers Private Voc Tech from DOE to DCCA HERE » (pdf)Posted February 5, 2015
HSTA - NO POSITION
HB820 Executive Office on Early Learning Pre-Kindergarten Program
HB 10 Administering of Auto-Injector Epinephrine (Epi Pens)
HB14 DOE; Student Instructional Hours
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=340 Post-Secondary Education Authorization for Private Trade, Vocational, or Technical Schools
HB678 Charter Schools; Collective Bargaining
The HSTA Lobbying Team met with Roger Takabayashi of the Charter School Commission and Lynn Finnegan of the Hawaii Public Charter Schools Network to discuss legislation.
The House of Representatives Committee on Education - Posted February 9, 2015
HSTA testified in support of Charter Schools today.
Read HSTA Testimony on HB232 Relating to Charter Schools HERE » (pdf) Posted February 9, 2015
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HSTA Legislative Action Center - Capwiz
Senate Committee on Education (EDU)
Senator Michelle N. Kidani, Chair
Senator Breene Harimoto
House Committee on Education (EDN)
Representative Roy Takumi, Chair
Representative Takashi Ohno, Vice Chair
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Mahalo to all the members who participated in the 2015 Legislative Survey. Based on the survey results, the HSTA Board of Directors approved and set forth the 2015 Legislative Priorities. The HSTA Lobby Team and Government Relations Committee will use the 2015 Legislative Priorities to urge the legislature to support and fund the following:
•Competitive salaries for the recruitment, retention and recoupment of teachers;
•Reduction in the frequency of state standardized assessments;
•Appropriate and timely planning, development, and funding of school facilities (e.g. adequate space for enrollment increases);
•Adequate funding of for Special Education teacher and support staff positions and support staff to meet student needs;
•Revision of Act 51 to change the weight of the per-pupil funding for schools in isolated rural districts in order to provide basic needs (such as, but not limited to, including a full staff, curriculum and, basic supplies;
•Climate control (e.g. air conditioning) and monitoring of air quality (Air Conditioning) in school buildings;
•Repeal of Act 167, Act 52 regarding (current bell schedule legislation); and
•Adequate funding for teacher positions, support staff, professional development, and materials for public preschool classrooms.; and
•Adequate funding for appropriate student-teacher ratio for optimal student learning environments.
State education policy is what drives everything from teacher salaries to class size, evaluations, and planning time. It flows from the Hawaii State Capitol directly to you, your students, and your school
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2015 HSTA Lobbying Team
Joan Kamila Lewis
Government Relations Specialist
Three Top Reasons Why Politics Matter
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HSTA Teacher Lobbyist, Joan Kamila Lewis, was one of the guests on Hawaii Public Radio’s The Conversation.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Listen here>>> http://hpr2.org/post/hsta-legislative-priorities-women-filmmaking-sharing-economy-lenore-raphael
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