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HSTA raises concerns about HIDOE school reopening guidelines

HSTA raises concerns about HIDOE school reopening guidelines

BOE members acknowledge communication problems

"This week, the Department of Education released the ‘Guidance for Reopening Schools.’ HSTA was not consulted and did not agree to these policies, even though teachers will be the ones most likely being forced to implement these policies,” HSTA President Corey Rosenlee said. “We have many questions and concerns.”

  Friday, June 5, 2020  /  Number of views (4340)
HSTA asks for detailed answers about school reopening

HSTA asks for detailed answers about school reopening

The union delivered a 2-page list of questions to the HIDOE on May 19

Since late April, the Hawaii State Teachers Association has repeatedly asked the Hawaii State Department of Education what model(s) will be used to reopen public schools in school year 2020–21.

  Wednesday, June 3, 2020  /  Number of views (5104)
Don't reply to unsolicited emails offering financial advice for teachers via HIDOE email

Don't reply to unsolicited emails offering financial advice for teachers via HIDOE email

HIDOE tells firms to stop contacting our members, who already have vetted, free advice available from NEA, HSTA

If you receive unsolicited emails from financial firms offering advice to educators via your DOE email, don't reply. The HSTA and NEA offer free, vetted advice from local firms that can help you anytime.

  Friday, May 29, 2020  /  Number of views (716)
Deadline to obtain Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) credits

Deadline to obtain Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) credits

Teachers will need to obtain six credits within three years starting in SY 2020–21

Starting in school year 2020–21, the Hawaii Department of Education will require teachers who provide direct instruction to students to obtain their six Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) credits within three years.

  Thursday, May 21, 2020  /  Number of views (5117)
HIDOE's teacher salary study 'further justifies the need to take bold action'

HIDOE's teacher salary study 'further justifies the need to take bold action'

Teachers face a very high cost of living in Hawaii, which makes continuing in the teaching profession less sustainable

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.

  Tuesday, February 4, 2020  /  Number of views (1403)
If approved by lawmakers, salary adjustments would bring $46M worth of raises

If approved by lawmakers, salary adjustments would bring $46M worth of raises

Thousands of veteran educators could be placed on the step that properly reflects their years of service

“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.

  Friday, January 17, 2020  /  Number of views (3698)
Deadline approaches for teacher sabbatical leave during SY 2020-21

Deadline approaches for teacher sabbatical leave during SY 2020-21

Teachers may apply for one semester or for the entire school year

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.  

  Tuesday, December 10, 2019  /  Number of views (1740)
In Kapolei, teachers and students tired of low teacher pay

In Kapolei, teachers and students tired of low teacher pay

Listening session part of state teacher compensation study

More than 120 educators, students and community members spoke about the bad effects of low teacher pay.

  Tuesday, September 24, 2019  /  Number of views (2868)
In Honolulu, educators, parents ask for higher teacher pay

In Honolulu, educators, parents ask for higher teacher pay

A listening tour and online survey are part of the DOE's educator compensation study

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."

  Monday, September 23, 2019  /  Number of views (1845)
Why your employee ID number appears in your work email address

Why your employee ID number appears in your work email address

Don't worry, your personal information has not been compromised

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.

  Monday, August 12, 2019  /  Number of views (2448)
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