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.
Elections will be held next year for state officers and signature requirements have been waived because of social distancing requirements during the coronavirus outbreak.
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.
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.
The HSTA Negotiations Team meets for an hour and a half with top HIDOE officials Monday to begin detailed bargaining about reopening schools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.