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HSTA recommends these candidates for the 2020 general election

HSTA recommends these candidates for the 2020 general election

Register by Oct. 5 for the Nov. 3 mail-in election

The HSTA has announced its recommended candidates for the November general election. Don't forget to register to vote by Oct. 5 and send in your ballot as soon as possible for the Nov. 3 election.

  Friday, September 18, 2020  /  Number of views (396)
HSTA members speak out to BOE on telework, SPED concerns, more

HSTA members speak out to BOE on telework, SPED concerns, more

Nearly 200 educators across the state submitted anonymous testimony as a reality check during COVID-19

At Thursday’s BOE meeting, Rosenlee testified about HSTA members’ concerns and said, “The lack of action and transparency from the DOE has put the lives and health of teachers, staff, and our students in jeopardy. This was clearly evident today when the Department of Education and the Department of Health announced metrics for reopening schools. HSTA was never consulted in the creation of these metrics.”

  Thursday, September 17, 2020  /  Number of views (2298)
Sister, daughter of school clerk who died of COVID-19 make case for telework

Sister, daughter of school clerk who died of COVID-19 make case for telework

Dayna Inouye, Angie Choi worked at Dole Middle School; Cameron Inouye-Ng teaches at Makalapa Elementary

Angie Choi, a school counselor at Dole Middle School, submitted testimony to the Board of Education Wednesday asking them on behalf of her late sister to assure that educators can telework during the pandemic.

  Thursday, September 17, 2020  /  Number of views (5795)
HSTA to live stream school reopening listening session

HSTA to live stream school reopening listening session

Share your stories, concerns with HSTA officers in live virtual event Thursday

HSTA’s officers want to hear about front-line teachers’ school reopening concerns in a virtual listening session on Thursday, Sept. 10.

  Friday, September 4, 2020  /  Number of views (590)
Labor board gives green light to HSTA case

Labor board gives green light to HSTA case

Union’s prohibited practice complaint will be heard later this month

The Hawaii Labor Relations Board (HLRB) this week denied the state’s motion to dismiss the HSTA's prohibited practice complaint about the state refusing to bargain with HSTA over rapidly changing coronavirus threats to its members.

  Friday, September 4, 2020  /  Number of views (1678)
State auditor slams HIDOE for lack of transparency on campus COVID-19 cases

State auditor slams HIDOE for lack of transparency on campus COVID-19 cases

The agency says the department must report specifics quickly, and the number of students and staff who are quarantined

“DOE had not been publicizing positive cases until pressed by HSTA. Then, citing privacy laws, DOE only provided information by large complex areas, prompting the teachers’ union to begin identifying specific schools,” the auditor’s report said. 

  Friday, August 28, 2020  /  Number of views (1769)
Honolulu mayor: ‘If I had my way, I’d close all schools for two weeks’

Honolulu mayor: ‘If I had my way, I’d close all schools for two weeks’

Caldwell disagrees with Ige’s decision to exempt public schools from stay-at-home order

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Wednesday that he wanted to include public schools in the “Stay-at-Home, Work-at-Home” order that goes into effect on Oahu at midnight, but Gov. David Ige asked that public schools and University of Hawaii campuses remain open. 

  Wednesday, August 26, 2020  /  Number of views (1157)
Senators grill superintendent on teacher telework, PPE

Senators grill superintendent on teacher telework, PPE

Lawmakers have asked the state auditor to probe campus COVID notification process

During a Senate Special Committee on COVID-19 briefing Wednesday, state senators pressed Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto about why more teachers aren’t allowed to telework when students are learning from home, and why educators are spending their own money for protective gear.

  Wednesday, August 19, 2020  /  Number of views (3491)
Days before students return, 7 more COVID-19 cases reported at schools

Days before students return, 7 more COVID-19 cases reported at schools

Health Department has still not provided guidelines for when schools are safe or should be closed

In the last four days, the Hawaii State Teachers Association has received reports of employees at seven Oahu schools diagnosed with COVID-19, even before students return to public school campuses on Monday.

  Saturday, August 15, 2020  /  Number of views (2537)
After HSTA's outcry, schools roll back in-person plans for Monday

After HSTA's outcry, schools roll back in-person plans for Monday

Numerous schools have switched to grab-and-go pickups instead of hours-long classroom sessions

Many principals and complex area superintendents have drastically changed their approach, opting for grab-and-go arrangements to keep the number of students on campuses much lower than originally planned.

  Friday, August 14, 2020  /  Number of views (3127)
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