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Coronavirus salary cuts delayed to June, could be prevented

Coronavirus salary cuts delayed to June, could be prevented

An initial May 1 date has been pushed back and federal funds could cover budget shortfall

Gov. David Ige said Friday that his controversial idea of cutting state employees’ pay by 20 percent—including that of educators—might not happen after all, and unions have been told even if salary cuts happen, they’ll start later than originally planned. "It is possible that there would be no salary cuts at all," he said.

  Friday, April 17, 2020  /  Number of views (4515)
URGENT: Testimony needed by Friday for major House hearing on teacher compensation

URGENT: Testimony needed by Friday for major House hearing on teacher compensation

SB2488 would fund salary compression fix, shortage differentials next year

The House Committee on Labor & Public Employment, along with the Committee on Lower & Higher Education, will hear SB2488, SD2 Relating to teacher compensation on Friday, March 13, at 2 p.m. at the Hawaii State Capitol, Room 309. Written and oral testimony will be accepted.

  Wednesday, March 11, 2020  /  Number of views (921)
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 (3044)
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 (2586)
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 (3774)
Kauai teacher discusses Hawaii's low wages, lack of affordability on PBS Hawaii

Kauai teacher discusses Hawaii's low wages, lack of affordability on PBS Hawaii

Sarah Tochiki of Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School shares the struggles of being a teacher in Hawaii's public school system

"I think our biggest export right now isn't pineapples. It's our most educated children who are moving to the mainland, and they know they can find better opportunities."

 

  Thursday, November 7, 2019  /  Number of views (1475)
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 (8165)
On Hawaii Island, educators suggest ways the state could retain more teachers

On Hawaii Island, educators suggest ways the state could retain more teachers

Consulting firm holds fourth and final listening session at Keaau High School

“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.

  Thursday, September 26, 2019  /  Number of views (1581)
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 (2963)
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 (1924)
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