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HSTA files labor board complaint over illegal furloughs

HSTA files labor board complaint over illegal furloughs

Complaint says state violated collective bargaining law

The Hawaii State Teachers Association Friday filed a prohibited practice complaint with the Hawaii Labor Relations Board, challenging the state’s unilateral imposition of furloughs on more than 13,000 HSTA members starting Jan. 4.

  Friday, December 18, 2020  /  Number of views (1041)
HSTA offers refundable professional development

HSTA offers refundable professional development

Deposits provided by HSTA’s non-profit foundation, the Hawaii Foundation for Educators

If you recently completed a course through HSTA’s Professional Development program, you likely had your $150 course deposit returned via mail. This is not a mistake. Six months ago, HSTA started refunding course deposits to all participants who completed their portfolios and passed their HSTA PD course through PDE3.

  Friday, December 18, 2020  /  Number of views (411)
Board of Education comes out strongly against school furloughs

Board of Education comes out strongly against school furloughs

‘The public needs to know the board doesn’t believe in these furloughs,’ members say

Members of the Hawaii State Board of Education Thursday said they oppose school employee furloughs, and several went so far as to ask the governor to rescind the furloughs since members of Congress are finalizing a pandemic aid package that contains more than $54 billion for public schools.

  Thursday, December 17, 2020  /  Number of views (2189)
Billions in federal stimulus for schools could help Hawaii avoid furloughs, cuts

Billions in federal stimulus for schools could help Hawaii avoid furloughs, cuts

Congress is close to finalizing a $900 billion pandemic relief package

Congressional leaders Thursday closed in on a $900 billion stimulus deal that includes more than $54 billion worth of aid for public schools, funds that Hawaii could use to stop or lessen the effects of furloughs scheduled to start in January and millions worth of public school cuts that could take effect next school year.

  Thursday, December 17, 2020  /  Number of views (776)
Join the fight against Hawaii’s youth vaping epidemic as new study identifies connection to COVID-19

Join the fight against Hawaii’s youth vaping epidemic as new study identifies connection to COVID-19

Researchers say youth who vape are 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with the disease

As schools resume in-person instruction on campus, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Hawaii Public Health Institute urge educators to join the fight against Hawaii’s youth vaping epidemic.

  Thursday, December 17, 2020  /  Number of views (568)
Living paycheck to paycheck, a Hawaii Island teacher explains how furloughs would hurt his family and many others

Living paycheck to paycheck, a Hawaii Island teacher explains how furloughs would hurt his family and many others

‘The current furloughs would hit my wife and I so hard, we may never financially recover.’

Nico Friedman, a teacher at Kealakehe High School on Hawaii Island, submitted public written testimony to the Hawaii State Board of Education.

  Wednesday, December 16, 2020  /  Number of views (1911)
HIDOE announces illegal furloughs

HIDOE announces illegal furloughs

HSTA plans legal action to challenge this action that violates our contract

The HSTA has not agreed to furloughs, and any implementation would violate our collective bargaining agreement. We are consulting with our attorneys and plan to take any legal action in the near future to challenge the HIDOE’s furlough plan.

  Tuesday, December 15, 2020  /  Number of views (1083)
HSTA President Corey Rosenlee’s BOE testimony on the dangers of furloughs

HSTA President Corey Rosenlee’s BOE testimony on the dangers of furloughs

Furloughs are on Board of Education’s Thursday agenda

“The Hawaii State Teachers Association requests that the Board of Education stand with our keiki and write a letter urging Gov. David Ige to prevent destructive furloughs and protect public education funding for our keiki.”

  Tuesday, December 15, 2020  /  Number of views (1610)
Submit testimony to BOE about furlough concerns by Wednesday

Submit testimony to BOE about furlough concerns by Wednesday

Members also sought to testify live during the meeting

The Hawaii State Teachers Association encourages all members to share your personal stories on how potential furloughs will affect you and your students before the Hawaii State Board of Education holds its next meeting on Thursday, Dec. 17.

  Monday, December 14, 2020  /  Number of views (1032)
Nominate a Hawaii teacher for the prestigious 2021 S.T.A.C.Y. Award

Nominate a Hawaii teacher for the prestigious 2021 S.T.A.C.Y. Award

The deadline is Jan. 31 to nominate an excellent public school educator

Each year, a winner is chosen based on his or her ability to demonstrate leadership, dedication and passion in five categories: scholarship, teaching, advocacy, community, and youth.

  Monday, December 14, 2020  /  Number of views (2199)
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