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Frequently asked questions relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) and schools

Frequently asked questions relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) and schools

Information is accurate as of our latest update and subject to change

The Hawaii State Teachers Association is working hard to ensure that our members' health and safety remain a priority, our contract and employment rights are preserved, and information is being communicated in an accurate and timely manner.

  Friday, April 24, 2020  /  Number of views (8160)
NEA president to Gov. Ige: ‘Hawaii’s students and their families deserve better’ than pay cuts

NEA president to Gov. Ige: ‘Hawaii’s students and their families deserve better’ than pay cuts

If educators' pay is reduced, Hawaii will very likely lose teachers across the spectrum, she said

Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association, wrote Gov. David Ige Friday, telling him that while she understands the fiscal challenges that the coronavirus presents to Hawaii, “reducing the pay of teachers and other public employees will only compound this crisis.”

  Friday, April 24, 2020  /  Number of views (1601)
NEA Foundation offers grants up to $5,000 for rapid response, leadership, and student success during pandemic

NEA Foundation offers grants up to $5,000 for rapid response, leadership, and student success during pandemic

HSTA members are eligible to apply now for grants that begin in the spring, summer, and fall

The NEA Foundation is proud to stand with educators and offer these grant opportunities during this challenging time. 

  Thursday, April 23, 2020  /  Number of views (838)
Hawaii State FCU offers emergency assistance loans, financial tips for challenging times

Hawaii State FCU offers emergency assistance loans, financial tips for challenging times

Learn more about the credit union's financial resources and assistance programs

The Hawaii State Federal Credit Union offers its members financial resources and assistance programs, including an emergency assistance loan. In light of COVID-19, Hawaii State FCU is also allowing members to defer their loan payments and make early withdrawals without penalty.

  Thursday, April 23, 2020  /  Number of views (180)
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 (707)
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 (2234)
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 (1005)
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 (16648)
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 (1091)
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 (1135)
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