HSTA was not consulted nor notified prior to Friday’s announcement, and learned of the developments alongside the public. HSTA has subsequently demanded impact bargaining with the employer as the changes would have ramifications on numerous parts of our current contract.
The Hawaii State Teachers Association is working hard to ensure that our members' health and safety remain a priority, our contract and employment rights are preserved, and information is being communicated in an accurate and timely manner.
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.
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.
The Hawaii State Teachers Association is working closely with the Hawaii State Department of Education on this matter and will update members as needed.
The HIDOE anticipates approximately 30-40 positions will be created at the complex/district/state level to address behavior analyst work within the department.
The Department of Education launched a system called ServiceNow to ensure employees receive a quick and accurate response without playing phone tag.
“I advise every kid not to become a teacher, because it would be irresponsible for me to tell someone to get a four-year degree and not make ends meet,” Eric Hagiwara, a math, robotics, and programming teacher at Waiakea High, said.
The Hawaii State Teachers Association encourages members, parents and other members of the community to attend a series of listening sessions hosted by the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) on teacher pay. The department's goal is to gather feedback to refine and potentially recommend changes to the teacher compensation system.