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Superintendent answers questions about possible cuts, HIDOE budget, summer school, and more

Superintendent answers questions about possible cuts, HIDOE budget, summer school, and more

She also talked about how the HIDOE will use federal COVID-19 relief funds in schools, and how school might look in the fall

The superintendent answered questions that are on many educators' minds, from a potential pay cut and budget issues to how school might look assuming classes reopen in the fall.

  Monday, April 20, 2020  /  Number of views (1624)
Oahu volunteers sought in joint union effort to solve unemployment claims backlog

Oahu volunteers sought in joint union effort to solve unemployment claims backlog

HSTA, HGEA, and UHPA work together to expedite relief

The HSTA joins HGEA and UHPA in working together to expedite relief for those recently unemployed in our communities. We call on our Oahu-based members who are able to volunteer to help process claims and get unemployment checks out quickly. 

  Sunday, April 19, 2020  /  Number of views (1190)
Coronavirus salary cuts delayed to June, could be prevented

Coronavirus salary cuts delayed to June, could be prevented

An initial May 1 date has been pushed back and federal funds could cover budget shortfall

Gov. David Ige said Friday that his controversial idea of cutting state employees’ pay by 20 percent—including that of educators—might not happen after all, and unions have been told even if salary cuts happen, they’ll start later than originally planned. "It is possible that there would be no salary cuts at all," he said.

  Friday, April 17, 2020  /  Number of views (4187)
Public school classrooms to remain closed through the end of the school year

Public school classrooms to remain closed through the end of the school year

Enrichment and distance learning to continue through May 28

HSTA President Corey Rosenlee said, “As long as there was ambiguity about when school would open, it made it very difficult for our teachers to plan. Now we know what’s going to happen with the rest of the school year."

  Friday, April 17, 2020  /  Number of views (678)
Kauai educator to the governor: 'If we work together, we can find a solution that fits'

Kauai educator to the governor: 'If we work together, we can find a solution that fits'

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School band director writes personal message in response to potential pay cuts

Sarah Tochiki, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School band director, said in a message to Gov. David Ige: "I write this letter to ask for you to fulfill what you said you would do, even with this added pandemic challenge."

  Friday, April 17, 2020  /  Number of views (1435)
HSTA emergency loan program suspended through April 2021

HSTA emergency loan program suspended through April 2021

HSTA is working to find other options for members with urgent financial needs

The HSTA BOD is concerned that the demand for emergency loans by members during the coronavirus pandemic will exceed our financial ability to meet our members’ needs in an equitable manner.

  Thursday, April 16, 2020  /  Number of views (408)
HSTA, legislative leaders oppose governor's plan to cut salaries for public workers

HSTA, legislative leaders oppose governor's plan to cut salaries for public workers

Public sector unions were told 10- and 20-percent salary cuts could occur as early as May 1

Legislative leaders joined HSTA educators in opposing Gov. David Ige's initial pay cut idea, and he said Wednesday “no decisions have been made yet.“

  Wednesday, April 15, 2020  /  Number of views (4661)
We need your help to prevent furloughs, hiring freezes, salary changes

We need your help to prevent furloughs, hiring freezes, salary changes

Take action now to ensure critical funding goes to state education

COVID-19 is not only impacting our health, it is devastating our economy. Visitor spending makes up the majority of our state’s income. With tourism and non-essential businesses shut down, economists are predicting a massive plunge in tax revenue.

  Tuesday, April 14, 2020  /  Number of views (2346)
Did you receive a text message from HSTA? It wasn't spam

Did you receive a text message from HSTA? It wasn't spam

HSTA uses an app called Hustle to reach out to members

If you receive a text message, it's okay to respond! HSTA leaders are using an application called Hustle to text members while keeping all phone numbers private.

  Tuesday, April 14, 2020  /  Number of views (1680)
HSTA honors charter school teacher as its educator of the year

HSTA honors charter school teacher as its educator of the year

Raechelle Villanueva receives the 2020 S.T.A.C.Y. Award for Teaching Excellence

She helped create a Twitter teacher group, founded her school's robotics team and innovates inside and outside the classroom.

  Thursday, April 09, 2020  /  Number of views (1003)
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