2015 Legislative Session:  Mahalo to friends of education


Joan Kamila Lewis
HSTA Teacher Lobbyist

2015 HSTA Lobbying Team


Wil Okabe
President

Joan Kamila Lewis
Teacher Lobbyist

Kendra Ito-Mizota
Government Relations Specialist

Wilbert Holck
Executive Director

Read about HSTA’s 2015 Legislative Priorities HERE » (pdf)

Read about bills HSTA is monitoring during 2015 Legislative Crossover HERE » (pdf) March 11, 2015

On behalf of the Hawaii State Teachers Association, HSTA would like to thank the following Legislators for introducing and drafting bills that support HSTA’s 2015 Legislative Priorities:

Representative Ty Cullen for HB759 This bill will assure we can monitor climate control (ie: air conditioning) and air quality of school buildings;
Speaker Joseph Souki for HB 911 “Making Appropriations for Collective Bargaining Cost Items”.  This bill will assure we can attract and retain the best and brightest to Hawaii’s public education system; 
Representative Marcus Oshiro for HB 1159 “Relating to Standardized Testing”.  This bill supported the need to lessen state standardized testing requirements and focus on providing learning opportunities that create well-rounded students; 
Representative Mark Nakashima, HB 661 “Relating To Collective Bargaining”.  This bill appropriates funds for the collective bargaining;
Representative Ken Ito for HB 797 “Relating to Student Instructional Time”.  This bill sought to repeal ACT 167 and ACT 52 regarding current bell schedule legislation, which created unrealistic requirements for instructional time; 
Senator Donna Mercado Kim for SB 1080 “Making Appropriations For Collective Bargaining Cost Items”;
Senator Michelle Kidani for SB 813 “Relating To Public Preschools”.  This bill supported pre-kindergarten programs in elementary schools for four and five-year olds that are not eligible for public kindergarten.  It appropriates funding to secure teaching positions, support staff, professional development and materials for public preschool classrooms to ensure quality staffing and educational resources;
Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran, for SB 368 “Relating to Collective Bargaining”
Representative Aaron Johanson for HB 1406 “Relating to Standardized Testing”.  The focus of this bill sought out legislation to lessen state standardized testing requirements and to provide parents the opportunity to have a voice on Standardized testing;
Representative Jarrett Keohokalole for HB 1105 “Weighted Student Formula For Special Education Teachers and Support Staff, Enrollment Increases, and the Optimal Student-Teacher Ratio at Each Grade Level”.  This bill will ensure we can allocate adequate funding to ensure student-teacher ratios to improve student learning environments and opportunities;
Senator Breene Harimoto  for SB 1243 “Relating to Standardized Testing”.  We believe this bill will ensure that we can lessen state standardized testing requirements and focus on providing learning opportunities that create well-rounded students; 
Senator Will Espero for SB 258 “Cooling Classrooms”.  This bill will assure we can monitor climate control (ie: air conditioning) and air quality of school buildings;
Senator Donovan Dela Cruz  for SB 1039 “Relating to Student Instructional Time”.  This bill sought to repeal ACT 167 and ACT 52 regarding current bell schedule legislation, which created unrealistic requirements for instructional time; 
Senator Kalani English on SB 894 “Weighted Student Formula For Special Education Teachers and Support Staff, Enrollment Increases, and the Optimal Student-Teacher Ratio at Each Grade Level”.  This bill will assure that we can allocate adequate funding to ensure student-teacher ratios to improve student learning environments and opportunities; and
•Senator Kalani English for SB 896 “Weighted Student Formula for Remote Schools”.  This bill focused on the need to revise Act 51 to change per-pupil funding ratios in rural district schools to fulfill basic necessities including adequate staffing, curriculum, and basic supplies.


Letter to Legislators:

On behalf of the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), thank you for your help in moving bills related to HSTA’s Legislative Priorities.  We know that a number of bills that address basic public education needs, optimal learning environments for our students and quality learning experiences are moving through the Legislature because of your support.  We are also appreciative of the Aloha provided towards our members as we come to testify in your respective committees.
We look forward to our continued shared good work .  Thank you

Representative Chris Lee (Energy and Environmental Chair)
Representative Nicole E. Lowen (Energy and Environmental Vice-Chair)
Energy and Environmental Protection Committee Members:
Representative Ty J.K. Cullen
Representative Calvin K.Y. Say
Representative Cindy Evans
Representative Ryan I. Yamane
Representative Kaniela Ing
Representative Feki Pouha
Representative Scott Y. Nishimoto
Representative Cynthia Thielen

Representative Karl Rhoads (Judiciary Chair)
Joy A. San Buenaventura (Judiciary Vice-Chair)
Judiciary Committee members:
Representative Della Au Belatti
Representative Tom Brower
Representative Richard P. Creagan
Representative Mark J. Hashem
Representative Derek S.K. Kawakami
Representative Chris Lee
Representative Dee Morikawa
Representative Mark Nakashima
Representative Gregg Takayama
Representative Justin H. Woodson
Representative Bob McDermott
Representative Cynthia Thielen

Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran (Judiciary and Labor Chair)
Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro (Judiciary and Labor Vice-Chair)
Judiciary and Labor Committee Members:
Senator Will Espero
Senator Mike Gabbard
Senator Les Ihara Jr.
Senator Laura H. Thielen
Senator Sam Slom

Representative Mark M. Nakashima (Labor and Public Employment Chair)
Representative Jarrett Keohokalole (Labor and Public Employment Vice-Chair)
Labor and Public Employment Committee Members:
Representative Henry J.C. Aquino
Representative Sharon E. Har
Representative Linda Ichiyama
Representative Aaron Ling Johanson
Representative Matthew S. LoPresti
Representative Joy A. San Buenaventura
Representative Gregg Takayama
Representative Roy M. Takumi
Representative Kyle T. Yamashita
Representative Andria Tupola

Representative Sylvia Luke (Finance Chair)
Representative Scott Y. Nishimoto (Finance Vice-Chair)
Finance Committee Members:
Representative Romy M. Cachola
Representative Ty J.K. Cullen
Representative Lynn DeCoite
Representative Aaron Ling Johanson
Representative Jo Jordan
Representative Jarrett Keohokalole
Representative Bertrand Kobayashi
Representative Nicole E. Lowen
Representative Richard H.K. Onishi
Representative James Kunane Tokioka
Representative Kyle T. Yamashita
Representative Feki Pouha
Representative Gene Ward

Senator Michelle N. Kidani (Education Chair)
Senator Breene Harimoto (Education Vice-Chair)
Education Committee Members:
Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland
Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz
Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran
Senator Ronald D. Kouchi
Senator Clarence K. Nishihara
Senator Laura H. Thielen
Senator Sam Slom

Representative Roy M. Takumi (Education Chair)
Representative Takashi Ohno (Education Vice-Chair)
Education Committee Members:
Representative Henry J.C. Aquino
Representative Isaac W. Choy
Representative Linda Ichiyama
Representative Kaniela Ing
Representative Ken Ito
Representative Sam Satoru Kong
Representative Matthew S. LoPresti
Representative Calvin K.Y. Say
Representative Clift Tsuji
Representative Lauren Kealohilani Matsumoto
Representative Andria P.L. Tupola

Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland (Human Services and Housing Chair)
Senator Josh Green (Human Services and Housing Vice-Chair)
Human Services and Housing Committee Members:
Senator Breene Harimoto
Senator Gil Riviere
Senator Sam Slom

Senator Jill N. Tokuda (Ways and Means Chair)
Senator Ronald D. Kouchi (Ways and Means Vice-Chair)
Ways and Means Committee Members:
Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland
Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz
Senator J. Kalani English
Senator Brickwood Galuteria
Senator Breene Harimoto
Senator Lorraine R. Inouye
Senator Gil Riviere
Senator Russell E. Ruderman
Senator Sam Slom

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The voices of educators matter in every community, every legislative session,  and every election. Electing the wrong candidate could mean fewer programs, larger classrooms, and less access to technology.  We have a responsibility to our students and our profession to keep protecting public education.  Imagine the change we could make speaking with one voice!
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