2015 Legislative Priorities


Pictured bottom row l to r:  Debi Hartmann, Government Relations Specialist Kendra-Ito Mizota
Pictured top row l to r:  HSTA Teacher Lobbyist Joan Kamila Lewis and Government Relations Chair Anne Cross.

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

HSTA Legislative Action Center
February 3, 2015
See the bills that we are monitoring during the 2015 Legislative Session HERE>>>

2015 HSTA Legislative Priorities


Advocating for Quality Public Education in Hawaii

Attract and retain the best and brightest to Hawaii’s public education system. Teachers are trusted professionals who understand the classroom and are best equipped to improve student learning and affect change.

SB368   Collective Bargaining Cost Items; Bargaining Unit (5)
Read HSTA Testimony on SB368 - Relating to Collective Bargaining HERE » (pdf)Posted February 5, 2015
Mahalo to The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor for their support of SB368:
The committee(s) on JDL recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in JDL were as follows: 6 Aye(s): Senator(s) Keith-Agaran, Shimabukuro, Espero, Gabbard, Ihara, L. Thielen; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 1 No(es): Senator(s) Slom; and 0 Excused: none. 

SB1080 Appropriations for Collective Bargaining Items
Read HSTA Testimony on SB1080 - Relating to Collective Bargaining HERE » (pdf)Posted February 5, 2015
This is the status of SB1080:
The committee(s) on JDL recommend(s) that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes in JDL were as follows: 6 Aye(s): Senator(s) Keith-Agaran, Shimabukuro, Espero, Gabbard, Ihara, L. Thielen; Aye(s) with reservations: none ; 1 No(es): Senator(s) Slom; and 0 Excused: none

SB864
Read HSTA Testimony on SB864 - Relating to Exemption of Rent for Teachers HERE » (pdf)Posted February 5, 2015

SB821

HB661 Relating to Collective Bargaining Cost Items

•Provide competitive salaries, benefits, resources, mentoring and the support that every professional needs.


•Secure necessary funding for teaching positions, support staff, professional development and materials for public preschool classrooms to ensure quality staffing and educational resources.

Hearings for SB843, SB844, SB863 are scheduled for Friday, February 13, 2015:

SB843
Read HSTA Testimony on SB843 HERE » (pdf)  Posted February 11, 2015

SB844
Read HSTA Testimony on SB844 HERE » (pdf)  Posted February 11, 2015

SB863
Read HSTA Testimony on SB863 HERE » (pdf)  Posted February 11, 2015


SB1080
SB368
HB661
Fulfill basic public education needs. It is not about spending more, but investing wisely and more efficiently to meet the needs of our students. 

•Revise Act 51 to change per-pupil funding ratios in rural district schools to fulfill basic necessities including adequate staffing, curriculum and basic supplies.

•Authorize full funding for Special Education teaching and support staff positions to meet student needs.


SB894 DOE Weighted Student Formula
HB1105 DOE Weighted Student Formula
SB896

Create optimal learning environments for our students. All students deserve safe and inviting classrooms that are conducive to learning.

•Allow appropriate and timely planning, development and funding of school facilities and upgrades to create ample space for enrollment increases.

•Monitor climate control (e.g., air conditioning) and air quality of school buildings.

HB759 Relating to Cooling Systems in Public School Facilities
Read HSTA Testimony on HB 759 Relating to Cooling Systems in Public School Facilities HERE » (pdf)  Posted February 2, 2015

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Enable quality learning experiences. Reduce the burden on students and rededicate classroom time to instill a sense of curiosity and joy of learning.

•Lessen state standardized test requirements and focus on providing learning opportunities that create well-rounded students.


SB1243 BOE Standardized Testing

•Allocate adequate funding to ensure optimal student-teacher ratios to improve student learning environments and opportunities.

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


SB1039
HSTA Strongly Supports SB1039 Relating to Student Instructional Time
Read HSTA Testimony on SB1039 HERE » (pdf)Posted February 11, 2015
SB822
HSTA supports SB822 (March 8, 2015)


Mahalo to the members who shared their stories from the classroom by submitting testimony on HB14.
HB 14
HSTA supports HB14 (March 8, 2015)
Joan Kamila Lewis testifies before the House Committee on Education February 4, 2015.

HSTA Teacher Lobbyist Joan Kamila Lewis testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Education on February 4, 2015.

Watch Joan’s testimony on VIMEO
http://vimeo.com/118774941

HSTA Convention New Business Items


HSTA SUPPORTS:

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HB11  Teachers; incentives

SB842

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

Joan Kamila Lewis testifies before the Senate EDU
SB847 Status February 9, 2015:  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.

Watch HSTA Teacher Lobbyist Joan Kamila Lewis’ testimony on VIMEO
https://vimeo.com/119195109

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HB12   DOE; Fundraising
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=230  Public School Lands
HB496   Family Leave Trust Fund; Family Leave Insurance Benefits; Appropriation
HB535  Family Leave; Partial Wage Replacement -  HSTA Supports
SB845  Bullying; Safe Schools for All Students - HSTA Supports
SB856   Transfers Private Voc Tech from DOE to DCCA
Read HSTA Testimony on SB856 - Transfers Private Voc Tech from DOE to DCCA HERE » (pdf)Posted February 5, 2015


SB858  Afterschool Programs - HSTA Supports
SB865  Education; Youth; Bullying; Cyberbullying - HSTA Supports


HSTA - NO POSITION
HB820 Executive Office on Early Learning Pre-Kindergarten Program

HSTA OPPOSES:
HB 10   Administering of Auto-Injector Epinephrine (Epi Pens)
HB14   DOE; Student Instructional Hours
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=340  Post-Secondary Education Authorization for Private Trade, Vocational, or Technical Schools
HB678  Charter Schools; Collective Bargaining  

MONITORING
SB1345 Multi-Track Schools
Read HSTA Testimony in support of SB1345 » (pdf)Posted February 5, 2015


SB1376  Expansion of Behavior Health Program
Read HSTA Testimony in support of SB1376 » (pdf)Posted February 5, 2015

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.

HB49
HB232
Read HSTA Testimony on HB232 Relating to Charter Schools HERE » (pdf)  Posted February 9, 2015

HB233
HB1251
HB831
HB832
HB1001
SB1346
Read HSTA Testimony on SB1346 HERE » (pdf)  Posted February 11, 2015

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HSTA Legislative Action Center - Capwiz

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Current Legislation
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Senate Committee on Education (EDU)
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Senator Breene Harimoto
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Senate Committees
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House Committee on Education (EDN)
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House Committees
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Mahalo to all the members who participated in the 2015 Legislative Survey. Based on the survey results, the HSTA Board of Directors approved and set forth the 2015 Legislative Priorities.  The HSTA Lobby Team and Government Relations Committee will use the 2015 Legislative Priorities to urge the legislature to support and fund the following:

•Competitive salaries for the recruitment, retention and recoupment of teachers;
•Reduction in the frequency of state standardized assessments;
•Appropriate and timely planning, development, and funding of school facilities (e.g. adequate space for enrollment increases);
•Adequate funding of for Special Education teacher and support staff positions and support staff to meet student needs;
•Revision of Act 51 to change the weight of the per-pupil funding for schools in isolated rural districts in order to provide basic needs (such as, but not limited to, including a full staff, curriculum and, basic supplies;
•Climate control (e.g. air conditioning) and monitoring of air quality (Air Conditioning) in school buildings;
•Repeal of Act 167, Act 52 regarding (current bell schedule legislation); and
•Adequate funding for teacher positions, support staff, professional development, and materials for public preschool classrooms.; and
•Adequate funding for appropriate student-teacher ratio for optimal student learning environments.

State education policy is what drives everything from teacher salaries to class size, evaluations, and planning time.  It flows from the Hawaii State Capitol directly to you, your students, and your school

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Follow bills important to teachers and students.  Sign up for hearing notices on the Hawaii State Legislature Web site http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/

2015 HSTA Lobbying Team


Wil Okabe
President

Joan Kamila Lewis
Teacher Lobbyist

Kendra Ito-Mizota
Government Relations Specialist

Wilbert Holck
Executive Director

Three Top Reasons Why Politics Matter
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Joan Kamila Lewis

HSTA Teacher Lobbyist, Joan Kamila Lewis, was one of the guests on Hawaii Public Radio’s The Conversation.


Friday, January 16, 2015
Listen here>>>  http://hpr2.org/post/hsta-legislative-priorities-women-filmmaking-sharing-economy-lenore-raphael


2015 Hawaii State Legislature Calendar
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2015 Hawaii State Legislature Committees
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