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.
Earlier in the day, teachers from Oahu and Maui delivered educator declarations signed by thousands of HSTA members across the state calling for higher pay for veterans and differentials for key shortage areas in special education, hard-to-staff schools and Hawaiian language immersion.
The House Committee on Labor & Public Employment, along with the Committee on Lower & Higher Education, will hear SB2488, SD2 Relating to teacher compensation on Friday, March 13, at 2 p.m. at the Hawaii State Capitol, Room 309. Written and oral testimony will be accepted.
"This is a great first step," said HSTA President Corey Rosenlee. "The bill is now going to move over to the House, where we’re going to continue to work with legislators to make sure that we find a way to fund teacher compensation, including things such as the differentials and compression."
The Senate Ways and Means Committee passed SB2488, SD1 with amendments (11 ayes, 2 excused) Wednesday morning. Mahalo to all who submitted testimony on such short notice.
We need testimony from teachers, counselors, and school librarians at DOE and public charter schools in support of SB 2488, Proposed SD1. Please take a few minutes to write and submit testimony!
House Bill 2671 is a constitutional amendment proposing that the Board of Education have concurrent real property tax authority to fund teacher compensation.
HSTA has always opposed laws that focus on penalizing our youth for the use and possession of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. We do not want laws like this to contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline.
In the coming weeks, we may be asking for your help to submit and deliver testimony. Each committee announces their agenda with just 48 hours notice, so expect to receive requests last-minute.