Lawmakers passed a law which will now use general fund monies to fund the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) instead of using licensing fees paid by teachers.
In the coming weeks, we may be asking for your help to submit and deliver testimony. Each committee announces their agenda with just 48 hours notice, so expect to receive requests last-minute.
A school funding proposal, Senate Bill 1474, was approved overwhelmingly by the full Senate on Tuesday, March 5, and now crosses over into the House for review.
The proposal would provide additional funding, 80 percent to public schools and 20 percent to the University of Hawaii, through a half-percent increase in the general excise tax (GET).
Even though the state Supreme Court blocked voters from deciding on the constitutional amendment to better fund our schools, the HSTA’s Con Am campaign helped focus attention on chronic public school underfunding, low teacher pay and the negative consequences those problems have on students.