March 7 Day of Action
Here are the goals of this special day when we’d like to get all teachers involved in taking action at their schools:
Who should participate:
Sign waving advice
Take photos and video; post to social media
BOE testimony the night of March 7 at 5 p.m.
BOE testimony guidelines and suggestions
HSTA is requesting members to submit testimony for the March 7 Board of Education general meeting about the importance of the State of Hawaii and Board of Education prioritizing settlement of the HSTA contract. We are also asking teachers on Oahu to attend the meeting, which will be held at Kawananakoa Middle School at 5 p.m. Here is a link to the parking information: http://boe.hawaii.gov/Documents/2017-03-07%20Evening%20Meeting%20Instructions.pdf
Written testimony should be submitted at least 24 hours prior to the meeting, in this case by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 6.
Indicate the following information in the body of the email at the top:
Testimony submitted will be posted on the Board of Education website and may be included in the Board’s minutes. It will also become public record; please consider this when including personal information in your testimony.
If you plan to deliver spoken testimony before the BOE: Please be sure it does not last longer than two minutes. You will need to arrive early at the BOE meeting and sign up for oral testimony.
State of Hawaii Board of Education
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
General Business Meeting
Re: Action Item B. Board Action on proposed legislation being considered during 2017 Legislative Session
Aloha Chair Mizumoto, Vice-Chair De Lima, and Members of the Hawaii State Board of Education:
My name is XX, a teacher at XX School. I have been a teacher for XX years and currently teach XX (grade level, subject(s).
I am submitting testimony today on Item B, Board Action on proposed legislation being considered during 2017 Legislative Session. We are asking for your support for more funding for public schools, and specifically our proposals for a constitutional amendment to create a steady funding stream for the DOE. It is important that we increase education funding so we can attract and retain teachers. I call on you to prioritize settling HSTA’s contract and specifically ask for your help with the following issue. (Write about one of the following issues, using specific examples, for one or two paragraphs)
Fair and appropriate compensation – teacher pay, health premiums, supplemental pay for hard-to-staff areas
Teaching and learning environment – lower class sizes, preparation time, SPED (staffing formula, supports, meeting time), support for ELL students
Teaching and school empowerment – allowing for more school level decisions, improving the teacher transfer and assignment process
Appropriate teacher evaluation – a supportive, not punitive system of evaluation
Protecting and supporting all teachers – equity of treatment for charter teachers, supports and mentors for probationary teachers
(Insert a personal appeal about why this issue is important to you as a teacher along with how and why it impacts your students. Specific examples are always helpful.)
If you address the issues I have brought forward, my testimony will be an important step in establishing the schools our keiki deserve.