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BOE defers approval of school reopening agreement

BOE defers approval of school reopening agreement

A record number of educators submitted testimony concerned about distancing, mask requirements

After a record number of educators and parents expressed concerns about unsafe social distancing protocols that violate a school reopening agreement between the state and Hawaii State Teachers Association, the Hawaii State Board of Education Thursday night voted to defer approval of the deal.

  Thursday, July 9, 2020  /  Number of views (10453)
Biden: ‘I can’t wait for the departure of Donald Trump and the chance to replace Betsy DeVos’

Biden: ‘I can’t wait for the departure of Donald Trump and the chance to replace Betsy DeVos’

The former vice president pledges to advocate for public educators and students if elected president

“This is going to be a teacher-oriented Department of Education. It’s not going to come from the top-down, it’s coming from the teachers up,” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden told NEA RA delegates Friday.

  Friday, July 3, 2020  /  Number of views (727)
HSTA: Allowing 3-foot distancing in classrooms is ‘dangerous’

HSTA: Allowing 3-foot distancing in classrooms is ‘dangerous’

Union president calls on parents, educators to email testimony to BOE asking for 6-foot requirement

“For the safety of my students, their families and my own family, I implore the DOE to be firm and consistent in their guidance that we will practice physical distancing of six feet whenever possible, even in the classroom,” Nimitz Elementary teacher Logan Okita said.

  Thursday, July 2, 2020  /  Number of views (12392)
Educators, parents invited to anti-vaping virtual event

Educators, parents invited to anti-vaping virtual event

Join Not Just Vapor Hawaii, a free Zoom gathering on Thursday, July 9, at 2 p.m.

The free virtual event on Thursday, July 9, will help you spot the signs of vaping by children and provide you with solutions to prevent your students or your own children from starting or help them quit. 

  Thursday, July 2, 2020  /  Number of views (287)
HSTA searches for negotiations and research specialist, executive assistant

HSTA searches for negotiations and research specialist, executive assistant

Apply by July 31 to help us bargain on behalf of public school educators statewide

HSTA has an opening for a specialist responsible for researching, and providing data analyses and presenting recommendations regarding collective bargaining and advocacy, as well as an executive assistant who will work with our deputy executive director.

  Wednesday, July 1, 2020  /  Number of views (492)
Contribute to the NEA PAC to replace Betsy DeVos

Contribute to the NEA PAC to replace Betsy DeVos

Please donate $20.20 to dump DeVos in 2020

This year, HSTA members are being asked to contribute $20.20 to get rid of Betsy DeVos in 2020.

  Friday, June 26, 2020  /  Number of views (287)
Changes made to 2021 HSTA state election nomination criteria

Changes made to 2021 HSTA state election nomination criteria

Because of the pandemic, signature requirements for statewide candidates have been waived

Elections will be held next year for state officers and signature requirements have been waived because of social distancing requirements during the coronavirus outbreak.

  Friday, June 19, 2020  /  Number of views (390)
HIDOE to continue shortage differentials next school year

HIDOE to continue shortage differentials next school year

The department issued a memo this week updating eligibility criteria

Shortage differentials that the Hawaii State Department of Education began in January for special education classroom teachers, Hawaiian language immersion educators and teachers at hard-to-staff schools will continue in school year 2020–21, after the department confirmed the eligibility criteria in a memo published this week.

  Friday, June 19, 2020  /  Number of views (2698)
NEA hosts free webinar on student debt relief for educators

NEA hosts free webinar on student debt relief for educators

Register now to learn how to lower payments, get some debt canceled

During this event, experts will present the tools and knowledge to help you lower your student loan payments before the payment suspension expires in September 2020, fight for broader suspension and loan cancellation in current COVID relief legislation, and put yourself on the path to get your current debt canceled under the Teacher Loan Forgiveness and Public Service Loan Forgiveness programs.

  Friday, June 19, 2020  /  Number of views (164)
HSTA: HIDOE needs to clearly explain school reopening plan

HSTA: HIDOE needs to clearly explain school reopening plan

Superintendent says she will release detailed plans in two weeks

The HSTA Negotiations Team meets for an hour and a half with top HIDOE officials Monday to begin detailed bargaining about reopening schools.

  Friday, June 19, 2020  /  Number of views (4391)
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