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HSTA: HIDOE needs to clearly explain school reopening plan

HSTA: HIDOE needs to clearly explain school reopening plan

Superintendent says she will release detailed plans in two weeks

The HSTA Negotiations Team meets for an hour and a half with top HIDOE officials Monday to begin detailed bargaining about reopening schools.

  Friday, June 19, 2020  /  Number of views (4391)
First-hand account as 50+ educators volunteer to ease unemployment backlog

First-hand account as 50+ educators volunteer to ease unemployment backlog

Leanne Teves, Iroquois Point Elementary student activities coordinator, shares her experience

A heartfelt mahalo to the 56 HSTA members who juggled their professional and personal schedules to volunteer to attack the state’s backlog of unemployment claims because of the pandemic.

  Tuesday, May 26, 2020  /  Number of views (832)
As lawmakers reconvene, hundreds testify against pay cuts

As lawmakers reconvene, hundreds testify against pay cuts

One teacher said, 'Students cannot suffer further'

More than 450 people — many of them teachers — sent in testimony urging lawmakers to stop any effort to cut state workers’ salaries, which would worsen the teacher shortage crisis as well as the state economy.

  Monday, May 11, 2020  /  Number of views (1055)
Legislature reconvenes today, public can view sessions online and on-air

Legislature reconvenes today, public can view sessions online and on-air

The Capitol remains closed to the public as lawmakers look for ways to avoid state employee pay cuts and shore up the budget

When the 2020 Legislative session reconvenes Monday, the Hawaii State Capitol will be secured and closed to the general public, but hearings and floor sessions will be broadcast and live-streamed.

  Monday, May 11, 2020  /  Number of views (392)
Submit testimony in support of state budget bill; swift action necessary to avoid pay cuts

Submit testimony in support of state budget bill; swift action necessary to avoid pay cuts

House Bill 2200 relating to the state budget to be heard Monday

Hawaii's general revenue has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic and lawmakers have worked out a plan to cover a projected $1 billion gap without cutting your pay. The Senate Committee on Ways & Means will be hearing House Bill 2200, HD1, relating to the state budget, this Monday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hawaii State Capitol.

  Saturday, May 9, 2020  /  Number of views (1075)
Legislative leaders: 'Main purpose' of reconvening Monday is to avoid pay cuts or furloughs

Legislative leaders: 'Main purpose' of reconvening Monday is to avoid pay cuts or furloughs

Lawmakers want to stop the possible reduction state workers' pay that would worsen Hawaii's economy during the pandemic

State House Speaker Scott Saiki said Thursday the “main purpose” of reconvening the Legislature will be working with Gov. David Ige to find other options or alternatives to what Saiki called “drastic budget cuts and furloughs” to stabilize state finances during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Thursday, May 7, 2020  /  Number of views (817)
Senate approves teacher compensation bill by unanimous vote

Senate approves teacher compensation bill by unanimous vote

Senate Bill 2488 now heads to the House for review

"This is a great first step," said HSTA President Corey Rosenlee. "The bill is now going to move over to the House, where we’re going to continue to work with legislators to make sure that we find a way to fund teacher compensation, including things such as the differentials and compression."

  Tuesday, March 3, 2020  /  Number of views (2981)
Senate Ways and Means Committee approves teacher compensation bill with amendments

Senate Ways and Means Committee approves teacher compensation bill with amendments

Lawmakers add $9 million to address additional costs

The Senate Ways and Means Committee passed SB2488, SD1 with amendments (11 ayes, 2 excused) Wednesday morning. Mahalo to all who submitted testimony on such short notice.

  Thursday, February 27, 2020  /  Number of views (2516)
HSTA responds to House speaker's bill for taxes to fund teacher compensation

HSTA responds to House speaker's bill for taxes to fund teacher compensation

'HSTA will have to research whether this proposal has enough popular support to be approved by voters'

House Bill 2671 is a constitutional amendment proposing that the Board of Education have concurrent real property tax authority to fund teacher compensation.

  Wednesday, January 29, 2020  /  Number of views (933)
Free sessions show you how to make a difference at the state Legislature

Free sessions show you how to make a difference at the state Legislature

Learn how to submit testimony, track bills, and communicate with lawmakers

This month, the Public Access Room will be on Hawaii Island (Sept. 9–13), Maui (Sept. 16–19), and Kauai (Sept. 23–25) as part of its annual outreach. Additional presentations on Oahu, Molokai, and Lanai will be scheduled for later this fall.

  Tuesday, September 3, 2019  /  Number of views (711)
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