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HSTA president urges governor to 'take the right actions' during coronavirus crisis

HSTA president urges governor to 'take the right actions' during coronavirus crisis

Letter stresses negative impacts to education, offers alternatives to balance state budget

HSTA President Corey Rosenlee writes, “In addition to economic consequences, a reduction in teachers’ salaries would devastate Hawaii’s public schools. We’re hearing from our veteran educators that they would retire, and from our new and experienced teachers who would be forced to leave the profession.”

  Thursday, April 23, 2020  /  Number of views (808)
HSTA, AFSCME, HGEA offer governor 15+ alternatives to public worker pay cuts

HSTA, AFSCME, HGEA offer governor 15+ alternatives to public worker pay cuts

Firefighters' union president assails possible pay reductions for airport firefighters

Union leaders offer more than 15 budgetary options to avoid docking state employees' pay because of plummeting state revenues caused by the coronavirus.

  Thursday, April 23, 2020  /  Number of views (2496)
Economic experts say cutting employees’ pay would make Hawaii’s economy worse

Economic experts say cutting employees’ pay would make Hawaii’s economy worse

A 20% pay reduction would lead to billions of losses to the state, study found

University of Hawaii economic experts say a 20-percent pay cut for state employees, including public school teachers, floated by Gov. David Ige’s administration would worsen Hawaii’s economic slump for several years.

  Wednesday, April 22, 2020  /  Number of views (1218)
Teacher Assignment and Transfer Program (TATP) Posting #2 opens after delay

Teacher Assignment and Transfer Program (TATP) Posting #2 opens after delay

The posting was delayed to April 21–27 due to unprecedented developments surrounding the coronavirus

Here are the new dates for the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) Teacher Assignment and Transfer Program (TATP) for the school year 2020-21.

  Tuesday, April 21, 2020  /  Number of views (17225)
Pay cuts less likely as Congress poised to give states more federal aid

Pay cuts less likely as Congress poised to give states more federal aid

President says aid to states will be discussed in future bailout bill

Pay cuts for Hawaii state employees seem less likely after a new $470 billion coronavirus relief plan appeared ready for Congressional approval, while the president said further aid to state and localities would be discussed as part of the next aid package.

  Tuesday, April 21, 2020  /  Number of views (1264)
Governor says state pay cuts ‘the last resort’ in dealing with coronavirus' financial effects

Governor says state pay cuts ‘the last resort’ in dealing with coronavirus' financial effects

Ige would tap the state’s rainy day fund, federal support before cutting salaries

Gov. David Ige told a news conference Monday, “I just really want to assure everyone that salary reductions would be the last resort” in dealing with plummeting tax revenues because of the coronavirus.

  Monday, April 20, 2020  /  Number of views (1290)
Superintendent answers questions about possible cuts, HIDOE budget, summer school, and more

Superintendent answers questions about possible cuts, HIDOE budget, summer school, and more

She also talked about how the HIDOE will use federal COVID-19 relief funds in schools, and how school might look in the fall

The superintendent answered questions that are on many educators' minds, from a potential pay cut and budget issues to how school might look assuming classes reopen in the fall.

  Monday, April 20, 2020  /  Number of views (1762)
Oahu volunteers sought in joint union effort to solve unemployment claims backlog

Oahu volunteers sought in joint union effort to solve unemployment claims backlog

HSTA, HGEA, and UHPA work together to expedite relief

The HSTA joins HGEA and UHPA in working together to expedite relief for those recently unemployed in our communities. We call on our Oahu-based members who are able to volunteer to help process claims and get unemployment checks out quickly. 

  Sunday, April 19, 2020  /  Number of views (1381)
Coronavirus salary cuts delayed to June, could be prevented

Coronavirus salary cuts delayed to June, could be prevented

An initial May 1 date has been pushed back and federal funds could cover budget shortfall

Gov. David Ige said Friday that his controversial idea of cutting state employees’ pay by 20 percent—including that of educators—might not happen after all, and unions have been told even if salary cuts happen, they’ll start later than originally planned. "It is possible that there would be no salary cuts at all," he said.

  Friday, April 17, 2020  /  Number of views (4416)
Public school classrooms to remain closed through the end of the school year

Public school classrooms to remain closed through the end of the school year

Enrichment and distance learning to continue through May 28

HSTA President Corey Rosenlee said, “As long as there was ambiguity about when school would open, it made it very difficult for our teachers to plan. Now we know what’s going to happen with the rest of the school year."

  Friday, April 17, 2020  /  Number of views (766)
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