HSTA officer and elementary teacher appointed to Governor’s ESSA panel

Gov. David Ige Thursday appointed Amy Perruso, HSTA’s state secretary-treasurer and a history teacher at Mililani High School, to the volunteer board that will develop a blue print for public schools consistent with the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

The governor also named Waikiki Elementary teacher Catherine Caine to the panel.

“I am so grateful that the governor has appointed two teachers to this important panel, giving us a strong voice as we plan improvements to public education in Hawaii,” Perruso said. “I look forward to listening to the community and surveying our HSTA members so we can work cooperatively towards a better future for public school students across the state.”

Others on the ESSA team include Waipahu High School principal Keith Hayashi; Ann Mahi, the complex area superintendent for Waianae/Nanakuli; Darrell Galera, a retired principal and executive director of the Education Institute of Hawaii and Catherine Payne, also a retired principal who now chairs the Charter Schools Commission.

“The work of the ESSA team will be an inclusive process that will involve town meetings and a summit to allow all to participate,” Ige said.