Your Testimony Needed Now:  Repeal Act 167

LEGISLATIVE PRIORITY:  Repeal Act 167 and Act 52 regarding the current bell schedule legislation, which create unrealistic requirements for instructional time.

TAKE ACTION NOW -  Support SB1039

HSTA Strongly Supports SB1039 Relating to Student Instructional Time
Read HSTA Testimony on SB1039 HERE » (pdf)Posted February 11, 2015


HSTA opposes SB822
Read HSTA Testimony on SB822 HERE » (pdf)Posted February 11, 2015

2015 HSTA Legislative Priorities

HSTA Lobbying Team

Joan Kamila Lewis
Teacher Lobbyist
Kendra Ito-Mizota
Government Relations Specialist
Wil Okabe
Wilbert Holck
Executive Director

February 9, 2015

Your Lobbying Team was busy representing HSTA at the State Capitol today.  There were two hearings important to teachers and students, one in the State House of Representatives Committee on Education and the other in The Senate Committee on Education.  Teacher Lobbyist, Joan Kamila Lewis, gave testimony in support of the intent of a full agenda of charter school bills.  She also spoke in support of bills that not only support student success but also recognize teachers who are serious about the teaching professional and add value to some of Hawaii’s most diverse school communities. 

SB847 will move forward with HSTA suggested amendments.  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.

Read HSTA Testimony on SB847 HERE » (pdf)Posted February 9, 2015

Joan Kamila Lewis testifies before the Senate EDU

Watch HSTA Teacher Lobbyist Joan Kamila Lewis’ testimony on VIMEO

Charter Schools

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


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

Read the update for February 4, 2015 HERE>>>

2015 HSTA Lobbying Team

Teacher Lobbyist Joan Kamila Lewis testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Education.

Wil Okabe

Joan Kamila Lewis
Teacher Lobbyist

Kendra Ito-Mizota
Government Relations Specialist

Wilbert Holck
Executive Director
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