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HSTA advocates for 100% distance learning through at least 1st quarter

HSTA advocates for 100% distance learning through at least 1st quarter

Union also demands clear, written guidance, metrics for safe in-person instruction

HSTA President Corey Rosenlee said, “Hawaii can no longer pretend we are not in the middle of a pandemic and that somehow our keiki and our teachers are impervious to this virus. As teachers, we know how important education is, but we are most concerned about the lives of every one of our students. Online classwork cannot replace face-to-face learning, but it ensures that learning continues and that our keiki and our communities remain safe.”

  Friday, August 7, 2020  /  Number of views (2686)
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 (1125)
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 (4927)
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 (1902)
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 (6161)
Senators express concern about schools reopening Aug. 4

Senators express concern about schools reopening Aug. 4

HSTA seeks answers to critical questions from HIDOE

While the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) believes in the importance of ensuring students are provided instructional services in school year 2020–21, it should not be at the cost of a safe educational environment.

  Friday, July 17, 2020  /  Number of views (4292)
HSTA and HIDOE reach agreement on distancing of students in classrooms

HSTA and HIDOE reach agreement on distancing of students in classrooms

6 feet will be the rule with HSTA approving any exceptions

We are pleased to report that the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) and Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto have reached a resolution on distancing of students in classrooms and face-covering requirements.

  Monday, July 13, 2020  /  Number of views (12585)
BOE defers approval of school reopening agreement

BOE defers approval of school reopening agreement

A record number of educators submitted testimony concerned about distancing, mask requirements

After a record number of educators and parents expressed concerns about unsafe social distancing protocols that violate a school reopening agreement between the state and Hawaii State Teachers Association, the Hawaii State Board of Education Thursday night voted to defer approval of the deal.

  Thursday, July 9, 2020  /  Number of views (10908)
Addressing your questions and concerns about coronavirus at school

Addressing your questions and concerns about coronavirus at school

There are protections in the contract should COVID-19 reach school campuses in Hawaii

The Hawaii State Teachers Association is working closely with the Hawaii State Department of Education on this matter and will update members as needed.

  Friday, May 29, 2020  /  Number of views (55928)
Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation offers Good Idea Grants

Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation offers Good Idea Grants

Grants of up to $3,000 available to increase student engagement, achievement

Grants of up to $3,000 per teacher or team of teachers will be awarded to support innovative projects that propose to increase student engagement and achievement.

  Friday, March 6, 2020  /  Number of views (641)
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