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Write to the Board of Education to urge continued funding for teacher shortage differentials

Write to the Board of Education to urge continued funding for teacher shortage differentials

HIDOE wants to defer differentials next school year, even though they helped fill vacancies

In spite of new data showing they were effective, a proposal before the Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) aims to defer millions of dollars in shortage differentials that the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) began in January for special education classroom teachers, Hawaiian language immersion educators, and educators at hard-to-staff schools.

  Friday, July 17, 2020  /  Number of views (5589)
Teacher pay adjustment bill advances at Legislature

Teacher pay adjustment bill advances at Legislature

Educators give tearful testimony about how low pay affects them and their students

The Senate Education Committee Wednesday approved a proposal to appropriate $25 million to continue funding differentials in teacher shortage areas and adjust veteran’s teacher pay higher next school year.

  Thursday, February 6, 2020  /  Number of views (2644)
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 (1575)
DOE asks lawmakers to fund salary adjustments

DOE asks lawmakers to fund salary adjustments

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

Veteran teachers statewide would receive salary increases by moving up anywhere from one to five steps, gaining millions of dollars worth of salary increases if lawmakers approve a proposal from the state schools superintendent.

  Friday, January 10, 2020  /  Number of views (11262)
SpEd teachers say more prep time, pay would help ease special ed teacher shortage

SpEd teachers say more prep time, pay would help ease special ed teacher shortage

HSTA SpEd leaders say collaboration time and relevant PD are also needed 

The National Council on Teacher Quality reports at least 35 of the major school districts across the country already offer SpEd teachers a financial bonus of some kind, ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 a year. Hawaii offers no pay differential for SpEd teachers.

  Tuesday, October 22, 2019  /  Number of views (3394)
Most educators will see an increase in their next paycheck

Most educators will see an increase in their next paycheck

A step up on the salary schedule amounts to a three-percent raise

This school year, returning educators received a pay increase in the form of a step movement, moving up on the salary schedule.

  Thursday, October 17, 2019  /  Number of views (8326)
Members, community encouraged to speak up at HIDOE listening sessions on teacher pay

Members, community encouraged to speak up at HIDOE listening sessions on teacher pay

Listening sessions scheduled for Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island

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.

  Wednesday, September 18, 2019  /  Number of views (4805)
Teacher shortage worsening; HSTA advocates for higher pay

Teacher shortage worsening; HSTA advocates for higher pay

Board of Ed and superintendent say they are ready to address the problem

HSTA’s efforts to raise awareness about the teacher shortage during the campaign for the constitutional amendment paid off, as the head of BOE’s Human Resources Committee even quoted from an HSTA campaign commercial and said it’s “concerning” that tens of thousands of students are taught every day by unlicensed teachers.

  Friday, November 16, 2018  /  Number of views (3175)
HSTA raises kick in this fall; How to increase your pay further

HSTA raises kick in this fall; How to increase your pay further

Teachers in hard-to-staff areas, department and grade-level chairs, librarians, coaches, band and choir directors and others earn supplemental pay

Teachers receive a 3.5% pay hike this fall.

  Thursday, August 2, 2018  /  Number of views (5022)
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