More than 120 educators, students and community members spoke about the bad effects of low teacher pay.
Anjelica Aires, a fourth-grade teacher at Queen Kaahumanu Elementary School, said, "I live paycheck to paycheck, even though I have a master’s degree in education. I’m working so hard for our students. Our responsibilities and our duties, every year, they add something, and we don’t get paid extra for it."
Some teachers expressed concern over their employee ID number appearing in their email address. We contacted the Hawaii Department of Education to verify how and why employee IDs are being used.
The goal is to explore local innovative assessment practices and generate ideas on how the current system could be improved.
The DOE is redesigning its facilities maintenance program to align the department’s strategic focus on providing respectful learning environments with its core value of ensuring access to a quality public education for every student in every community across the state.