Hawaii's general revenue has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic and lawmakers have worked out a plan to cover a projected $1 billion gap without cutting your pay. The Senate Committee on Ways & Means will be hearing House Bill 2200, HD1, relating to the state budget, this Monday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hawaii State Capitol.
Participate in free half-hour or one-hour virtual sessions to improve your teaching practice or just hang out to ask questions and receive support Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays after school.
The HSTA worked to ensure that teachers will not be penalized if they are unable to complete all of the components of the Educator Effectiveness System (EES) as school buildings are now closed because of the pandemic.
The chairs of the state Senate Ways and Means and state House Finance committees say they believe they can balance the state budget that’s been hit hard by a lack of tourism during the coronavirus, without having to reduce public employees’ pay in the months ahead.
DOE Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said Thursday she opposes pay cuts and hopes to use federal coronavirus relief funds to continue shortage differentials for special education, Hawaiian language immersion, and hard-to-staff teachers next school year.
State House Speaker Scott Saiki said Thursday the “main purpose” of reconvening the Legislature will be working with Gov. David Ige to find other options or alternatives to what Saiki called “drastic budget cuts and furloughs” to stabilize state finances during the coronavirus pandemic.
HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union presents the HSTA Welcome Home Mortgage Program to provide educators stronger financial security through affordable and simple mortgage financing.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought heightened awareness to our educators' ability to engage and educate children, to understand and cater to each student's unique circumstances. It's a special talent, and one that should be appreciated always, not just for a week.
Local television stations are offering options for schools to broadcast their virtual graduations on-air or online. Schools are advised to produce their own graduation special to keep costs down, and tap into their media programs where possible.
HSTA members and their family, including spouses, partners, children, and parents, can now earn an online associate degree completely free of charge.