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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 (802)
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 (588)
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 (1927)
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 (1104)
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 (1639)
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 (1059)
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 (2214)
Superintendent says educators face 6 or 10 furlough days next semester

Superintendent says educators face 6 or 10 furlough days next semester

HSTA opposes unilaterally imposed furloughs; BOE laments 'lack of clarity' about furloughs

Hawaii State Department of Education employees will have to take six to 10 days of unpaid leave next semester, state Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said Thursday as part of the governor’s plan to impose statewide furloughs.

  Friday, December 11, 2020  /  Number of views (3534)
‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi Spring 2021 course offered to HIDOE employees

‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi Spring 2021 course offered to HIDOE employees

In-person (Oahu) and online learning opportunities available

In an effort to expand the use of ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i, the Office of Hawaiian Education is offering an Introductory Level ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi course (in two locations) to all Hawai‘i Department of Education (HIDOE) employees (certificated, classified, casual hires, and substitutes).

  Friday, December 11, 2020  /  Number of views (316)
Joint statement: Governor creates chaos and confusion with badly planned furlough rollout

Joint statement: Governor creates chaos and confusion with badly planned furlough rollout

Union leaders call for Gov. David Ige to stop the furloughs

One day after Gov. David Ige announced plans to furlough tens of thousands of employees in his state workforce, details are emerging showing the so-called plan actually isn’t one.

  Thursday, December 10, 2020  /  Number of views (1427)
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