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.
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.
The Hawaii State Teachers Association is working closely with the Hawaii State Department of Education on this matter and will update members as needed.
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.
The Senate Education Committee Wednesday approved a proposal to appropriate $25 million to continue funding differentials in teacher shortage areas and adjust veteran’s teacher pay higher next school year.
The results from an independent teacher compensation study commissioned by the Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE) show Hawaii’s cost of living and compression of salaries for experienced educators as the top challenges to recruiting and retaining public school teachers.
“This is a bold step to finally take care of this problem to make sure that every keiki in Hawaii has a qualified teacher,” said HSTA President Corey Rosenlee in testimony to the BOE Thursday.
“This is Hawaii’s best opportunity to get away from the overburdening of standardized tests and move to something that’s better for our students,” said HSTA President Corey Rosenlee.
Teacher sabbatical leave applications are now being accepted for school year 2020–21. Teachers may apply for one semester or for the entire school year.
Beginning with the university’s Spring 2020 semester, all HIDOE employees will have two options to take Hawaiian language courses: enrollment in scheduled courses at UHCC campuses statewide or creation of custom courses for a group of employees.