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Board votes to delay students’ return to school until Aug. 17

Board votes to delay students’ return to school until Aug. 17

Educators will have 9 additional days for training and preparation before keiki go back to class

The change gives school staff an additional nine days for training and preparation before students to return to class.

  Thursday, July 30, 2020  /  Number of views (5472)
Unions submit joint testimony to BOE on school reopening options

Unions submit joint testimony to BOE on school reopening options

HSTA, HGEA, and UPW send in testimony ahead of special meeting July 30

On Thursday, July 30, at 1 p.m., the board will hold a special meeting to discuss school reopening options. The agenda includes three action items that link to background, recommendations, and implications as submitted by the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE). On Tuesday, July 28, we submitted joint testimony with HGEA and UPW on all three action items, which we are sharing below.

  Tuesday, July 28, 2020  /  Number of views (1167)
BOE sets July 30 special meeting to consider school reopening calendar changes

BOE sets July 30 special meeting to consider school reopening calendar changes

Board to consider adding PD days in early August and bringing students back to campuses later

The Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) has scheduled a special meeting Thursday to take action on a number of scenarios that would give educators more time to prepare before students return to class during the pandemic.

  Friday, July 24, 2020  /  Number of views (2913)
BOE to consider school calendar changes because of outcry

BOE to consider school calendar changes because of outcry

Teacher, principal testimony helped the board see numerous reopening concerns

BOE Chair Catherine Payne said the board will “hold a special meeting to address the concerns in the testimony about training and health matters that came up. At that point, we could also consider a waiver (of the 180 required student instructional days) for some additional professional development days.”

  Friday, July 24, 2020  /  Number of views (4953)
Shortage differentials to continue following passionate testimony before the Board of Education

Shortage differentials to continue following passionate testimony before the Board of Education

Board takes no action on proposed suspension in light of ‘promises and commitments’

HSTA President Corey Rosenlee says the differentials “worked better than our dreams ever imagined,” and not just by filling the actual positions. Rosenlee says higher education programs that funnel educators into these positions also saw a significant increase.

  Thursday, July 23, 2020  /  Number of views (1911)
Principals, EAs, and others join teachers calling for more time before students return to campus

Principals, EAs, and others join teachers calling for more time before students return to campus

Overwhelming testimony ahead of Thursday's BOE meeting supports students’ delayed return to campus

James Sunday, Radford High School principal, submitted testimony to the BOE that said, “Although we are expected to be ‘good soldiers’ who follow directives, we can not in good conscience move forward without expressing the concerns we continue to have in regards to reopening our schools. The depth of these concerns keep us up at night as we hold the health and safety of our individual communities in our hands.”

  Wednesday, July 22, 2020  /  Number of views (3879)
HSTA, HGEA, UPW issue joint statement calling for delayed return of students to campus

HSTA, HGEA, UPW issue joint statement calling for delayed return of students to campus

Additional steps must be taken to ensure the safe return of our staff, keiki

We have a critical obligation to our communities to take every step and precaution necessary to ensure the safety of our students and members as we reopen schools.

  Wednesday, July 22, 2020  /  Number of views (3645)
Star-Advertiser editorial calls on HIDOE to delay bringing students back to school

Star-Advertiser editorial calls on HIDOE to delay bringing students back to school

The newspaper says there are 'valid questions about feasibility' of reopening schools

"State officials should opt to delay the Aug. 4 start for students by up to a week, while tasking school facilities to hammer out, absorb and train up on more-through plans," the newspaper editorialized Wednesday.

  Wednesday, July 22, 2020  /  Number of views (1439)
HSTA urges state, Board of Education to delay return of students to campus

HSTA urges state, Board of Education to delay return of students to campus

Schools are woefully underprepared to minimize risk of COVID-19

The HIDOE and DOH need more time to properly create and implement health strategies to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and schools need more time to prepare educators for an online environment.

  Tuesday, July 21, 2020  /  Number of views (6170)
Write to the Board of Education to urge continued funding for teacher shortage differentials

Write to the Board of Education to urge continued funding for teacher shortage differentials

HIDOE wants to defer differentials next school year, even though they helped fill vacancies

In spite of new data showing they were effective, a proposal before the Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) aims to defer millions of dollars in shortage differentials that the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) began in January for special education classroom teachers, Hawaiian language immersion educators, and educators at hard-to-staff schools.

  Friday, July 17, 2020  /  Number of views (5045)
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