The HSTA has changed its Teacher Emergency Loan Program to increase by 50 percent the amount of money members can borrow from the union and give them twice as much time to pay it back.
The State of Hawaii Payroll Modernization Project’s (also known as HawaiiPay) third phase is being implemented in the coming weeks. All Department of Education (DOE) employees, including those on leaves of absence and substitute employees, will need to take action related to the implementation of the State’s new payroll system, known as the Hawaii Information Portal (HIP).
Teacher sabbatical leave applications are now being accepted for next school year, 2019-2020. Teachers may apply for one semester or for an entire school year. Applications are due Jan. 10.
The DOE is redesigning its facilities maintenance program to align the department’s strategic focus on providing respectful learning environments with its core value of ensuring access to a quality public education for every student in every community across the state.
HSTA’s efforts to raise awareness about the teacher shortage during the campaign for the constitutional amendment paid off, as the head of BOE’s Human Resources Committee even quoted from an HSTA campaign commercial and said it’s “concerning” that tens of thousands of students are taught every day by unlicensed teachers.