The HSTA suggests significantly boosting the dollar amounts bonuses each year at locations plagued by a high percentage of unlicensed teachers, in geographically isolated complexes and where the combination of vacancies and emergency hires makes up more than 10 percent of the teaching force.
About half of the Hawaii State Teachers Association membership, more than 6,300 educators, are being paid thousands of dollars less a year by the state than they should because they were not given raises during tough economic times.
"I think our biggest export right now isn't pineapples. It's our most educated children who are moving to the mainland, and they know they can find better opportunities."
The Hawaii State Teachers Association's Human and Civil Rights Committee is seeking nominations for its Pono and Friend of Youth Awards. Nominations are due Jan. 10, 2020.
Members of the Hawaii State Teachers Association have submitted their designs, and now it's your turn to help us choose the finalists! Voting is open through Nov. 10.