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Sign up for Member Matters, HSTA’s email newsletter, to receive important updates

Sign up for Member Matters, HSTA’s email newsletter, to receive important updates

Connect with us to get accurate information as quickly as possible

In addition to our Member Matters email, we also send out urgent notices that cover member-exclusive messages regarding, for example, contract and pay changes.

  Tuesday, June 23, 2020  /  Number of views (9259)
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 (513)
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 (3887)
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 (256)
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 (4727)
Summer paychecks, shortage differentials explained

Summer paychecks, shortage differentials explained

If you began receiving a shortage differential in the spring, you will see changes in your summer pay

Starting this Friday, members who began receiving shortage differentials in the spring will see a drop in their summer paychecks. This decrease is a result of the differential only being payable for half of the year, and you have already been paid a large portion of the differential.  

  Thursday, June 18, 2020  /  Number of views (4972)
How HSTA determines candidate recommendations during an election year

How HSTA determines candidate recommendations during an election year

The process includes a questionnaire, interview, input from several committees, and board approval

This is a general timeline of our candidate recommendations process for the 2020 elections. All committee meetings and candidate interviews took place virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Friday, June 12, 2020  /  Number of views (698)
Join HSTA’s HCR Committee to discuss systemic racism in Hawaii’s schools and communities

Join HSTA’s HCR Committee to discuss systemic racism in Hawaii’s schools and communities

HSTA CARES virtual listening session encourages members to learn, reflect, share

On Wednesday, June 24, from 4–6 p.m., we invite fellow members to join us for a listening session to reflect on these issues, share your thoughts, and generate ideas for change.

  Friday, June 12, 2020  /  Number of views (1159)
An elementary school teacher reflects on distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic

An elementary school teacher reflects on distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic

Kipapa Elementary teacher Coby Thornton says ‘It has been a very unusual time in my educational career’

Coby Thornton is a fourth-grade general education inclusion teacher at Kipapa Elementary School. He shares his experience and reflects on the final quarter of the 2019–20 school year, from adapting to changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic to what he feels needs to change moving forward.

  Thursday, June 11, 2020  /  Number of views (1621)
HSTA supports Colleen Hanabusa for Honolulu mayor

HSTA supports Colleen Hanabusa for Honolulu mayor

Recommendations for Honolulu City Council also announced

For the first time, the Hawaii State Teachers Association announced Monday its support for a Honolulu mayoral candidate. The union says former congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa is the best person to lead Honolulu Hale for the next four years.

  Monday, June 8, 2020  /  Number of views (1168)
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