HSTA RECOMMENDS DAVID IGE FOR GOVERNOR

HSTA President Wil Okabe invites you to watch his video message on VIMEO.
http://vimeo.com/87244543


Every education decision is a political decision.

I know for many of you, getting involved in political action does not come naturally and it tests your comfort zone. However, when we elect candidates who support teachers and public education we have a better chance of improving student learning and helping all children in Hawaii maximize their potential.

Mahalo for all you do for the children in schools and mahalo for your efforts outside the school.

Wil Okabe
President


For Immediate Release: February 16, 2014

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NEWS RELEASE


HSTA RECOMMENDS DAVID IGE FOR GOVERNOR

The Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) has announced its recommendation of David Ige for Governor of the State of Hawaii.

“While a member of the Hawaii State Legislature, David Ige has always been a strong supporter of public education and public school teachers, and he has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to improving Hawaii’s educational system in ways that support student learning and the development of the teaching profession in our state,” said HSTA President Wil Okabe.

“I am deeply honored and want to thank the HSTA and our public school teachers for this recommendation. I feel this endorsement recognizes my continuous commitment to education and the thousands of public school teachers who are tirelessly dedicated to this great state’s children,” said Gubernatorial Candidate Senator David Ige. “As governor I will work collaboratively with educators to ensure the best future for our students, and prepare a strong workforce for Hawaii.” 

Senator David Ige, currently the chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, served as the chair of the Senate Committee on Education and Technology from 1999-2000 and the House Committee on Education from 1993-1994. His wife Dawn has been a public school teacher and currently is a vice principal. They have three children who today are all in college.

“David Ige has led the charge to allocate funds that go directly to schools and the classroom to give students, teachers, and schools the supports and resources needed to be successful. In addition, he has introduced and helped pass legislation that provided millions of dollars in funding for school capital improvement projects, and has encouraged innovation at the school and classroom level,” added Okabe. “David Ige is the type of leader our community needs to lead our school system into the future, and HSTA is proud to recommend him for Governor.”

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About the Hawaii State Teachers Association: The Hawaii State Teachers Association is the exclusive representative of more than 13,500 public school teachers statewide. As the state affiliate of the 3-million member National Education Association, HSTA represents and supports teachers in collective bargaining, as well as with legislative and professional development issues.

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David Ige and Ed Garcia

David Ige with teachers

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David Ige

HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

HSTA supports Ige for Governor


By Star-Advertiser staff

POSTED: 11:16 a.m. HST, Feb 16, 2014
LAST UPDATED: 12:02 p.m. HST, Feb 16, 2014

The Hawaii State Teachers Association on Sunday endorsed state Sen. David Ige in the Democratic primary for governor over Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

The 13,500 member teachers union described Ige as a strong supporter of public education and public school teachers.

The teachers union had endorsed Abercrombie in 2010.

Abercrombie and the union clashed in 2011 when the governor imposed the state’s last, best and final contract offer that included a 5 percent pay cut after negotiations with the union had broken down. The union unsuccessfully sought to overturn the governor’s decision in court.

Last year, the teachers union and the state agreed on a four-year contract that includes pay raises.

The teachers union has opposed Abercrombie’s call for a constitutional amendment that would allow public money to be spent on private preschool, which is part of the governor’s early education initiative. The union believes that preschool should be offered at public schools.

“Our selection was made because of his record as a senator and as a representative in this state,” Wil Okabe, the president of the teachers union, said of Ige at a news conference at the HSTA’s Red Hill headquarters.

“I think that David Ige’s record stands for itself. He has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the professionals at the school level and the charge to allocate funds that go directly to schools and the classroom.”

Ige, the chairman of the Senate Ways and Committee, said he was honored to receive the endorsement.

“As a graduate of Pearl City High School, I know firsthand that the key to improving student learning is the teacher in the classroom,” he said.

HAWAII NEWS NOW

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/24739100/hsta-recommends-state-sen-david-ige-in-run-for-governor

HSTA backs State Sen. David Ige in run for governor

Posted: Feb 16, 2014 11:08 AM HST
Updated: Feb 16, 2014 12:18 PM HST

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) is recommending State Sen. David Ige for governor.

Ige, a democrat, is challenging Gov. Neil Abercrombie in the primary election.  Hawaii News Now previously reported that former governors Ben Cayetano and George Ariyoshi are also throwing their support behind the Pearl City-Aiea State Senator.

“While a member of the Hawaii State Legislature, David Ige has always been a strong supporter of public education and public school teachers, and he has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to improving Hawaii’s educational system in ways that support student learning and the development of the teaching profession in our state,” said HSTA President Wil Okabe.

“I am deeply honored and want to thank the HSTA and our public school teachers for this recommendation. I feel this endorsement recognizes my continuous commitment to education and the thousands of public school teachers who are tirelessly dedicated to this great state’s children,” said Gubernatorial Candidate Senator David Ige. “As governor I will work collaboratively with educators to ensure the best future for our students, and prepare a strong workforce for Hawaii.” 

Ige, currently the chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, served as the chair of the Senate Committee on Education and Technology from 1999-2000 and the House Committee on Education from 1993-1994. His wife Dawn has been a public school teacher and currently is a vice principal. They have three children who today are all in college.

“David Ige has led the charge to allocate funds that go directly to schools and the classroom to give students, teachers, and schools the supports and resources needed to be successful. In addition, he has introduced and helped pass legislation that provided millions of dollars in funding for school capital improvement projects, and has encouraged innovation at the school and classroom level,” added Okabe. “David Ige is the type of leader our community needs to lead our school system into the future, and HSTA is proud to recommend him for Governor.”

Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s campaign chairman, Bill Kaneko, issued a statement which said, “HSTA’s decision does not diminish Gov. Abercrombie’s life-long record of support for teachers.  As a former educator, Gov. Abercrombie remains committed to early education, quality teaching, and advancing education for all children in Hawaii.”

KHON - CHANNEL 2 NEWS

http://khon2.com/2014/02/16/hsta-endorses-david-ige-for-governor/
HSTA endorses David Ige for Governor

By Web StaffPublished: Sunday, February 16, 2014, 11:25 am

The Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) announced on Sunday it is supporting David Ige for Governor.

HSTA President Wil Okabe says Ige “has always been a strong supporter of public education and public school teachers, and he has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to improving Hawaii’s educational system”.

HSTA represents more than 13,500 public school teachers statewide.

Take Action Now

Aloha Colleagues,
The future of public education in Hawaii is in the hands of our elected officials.  The average teacher is focused on the students in their classroom.  Getting involved in political action does not come naturally and it tests teachers’ comfort zones. However, when we elect candidates who support teachers and public education we have a better chance of improving student learning and helping all children in Hawaii maximize their potential.  Find out more about why every education decision is a political decision and HSTA’s recommended candidates by watching President Wil Okabe’s video message on VIMEO at http://vimeo.com/87244543
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