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HSTA members speak out to BOE on telework, SPED concerns, more

HSTA members speak out to BOE on telework, SPED concerns, more

Nearly 200 educators across the state submitted anonymous testimony as a reality check during COVID-19

At Thursday’s BOE meeting, Rosenlee testified about HSTA members’ concerns and said, “The lack of action and transparency from the DOE has put the lives and health of teachers, staff, and our students in jeopardy. This was clearly evident today when the Department of Education and the Department of Health announced metrics for reopening schools. HSTA was never consulted in the creation of these metrics.”

  Thursday, September 17, 2020  /  Number of views (2517)
HSTA submits testimony on behalf of nearly 200 educators who fear retaliation

HSTA submits testimony on behalf of nearly 200 educators who fear retaliation

HSTA Board of Directors supports 100-percent distance learning through at least first semester

In written testimony ahead of the BOE’s general meeting Thursday afternoon, members cited flawed Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) policies and procedures in response to COVID-19.

  Wednesday, September 16, 2020  /  Number of views (2662)
Email the BOE for changes to keep our schools safe

Email the BOE for changes to keep our schools safe

Push for 100% distance learning, telework, and health guidance

We want to inform board members about the real conditions occurring in our schools during the coronavirus pandemic, especially with regards to schools where all teachers are being unilaterally denied telework when requested, and conditions in classrooms with in-person instruction, particularly those involving special education and fully self-contained educators.

  Monday, September 14, 2020  /  Number of views (802)
HSTA pushes HIDOE for COVID-19 guidance, procedures, clarification

HSTA pushes HIDOE for COVID-19 guidance, procedures, clarification

Written request follows class grievance for BU05 members

This formal written request follows the class grievance that HSTA filed Aug. 17 on behalf of Bargaining Unit 05 employees over violations to the HSTA collective bargaining agreement (contract) and memorandum of understanding (MOU) reached with the state of Hawaii in June.  

  Friday, September 4, 2020  /  Number of views (1784)
Know Your Rights: Teachers and telework

Know Your Rights: Teachers and telework

HSTA strongly recommends teachers concerned with COVID-19 exposure apply for telework

The Hawaii State Teachers Association believes there is a strong argument for principals to approve teachers teleworking to reduce the number of individuals on campus.

  Thursday, August 20, 2020  /  Number of views (6895)
HSTA identifies holes in latest order, calls for key actions to keep schools, communities safe

HSTA identifies holes in latest order, calls for key actions to keep schools, communities safe

HSTA President Corey Rosenlee said these restrictions leave ‘very important decisions unresolved.’

HSTA President Corey Rosenlee said, “There are still no metrics from the Department of Health and Department of Education on the requirements for safely reopening schools or when they should close. We are also concerned with the governor’s exceptions to our public school system. In order to reduce transmission, teachers should be allowed to work from home and no students should be coming on campus. Otherwise, he leaves gaping holes in these restrictions.”

  Tuesday, August 18, 2020  /  Number of views (1515)
Email the Board of Education, push for changes to keep our schools safe

Email the Board of Education, push for changes to keep our schools safe

Please advocate for 100% distance learning, telework, and health guidance

Despite our calls to the contrary, many schools across the state welcomed thousands of students on campuses today, and additional face-to-face interactions are planned through the week. This cannot continue if we truly want to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in our communities.

  Monday, August 17, 2020  /  Number of views (1109)
HIDOE to continue shortage differentials next school year

HIDOE to continue shortage differentials next school year

The department issued a memo this week updating eligibility criteria

Shortage differentials that the Hawaii State Department of Education began in January for special education classroom teachers, Hawaiian language immersion educators and teachers at hard-to-staff schools will continue in school year 2020–21, after the department confirmed the eligibility criteria in a memo published this week.

  Friday, June 19, 2020  /  Number of views (4277)
LCC expanding teacher education program by hiring four new educators

LCC expanding teacher education program by hiring four new educators

March 1 is application deadline

Leeward Community College’s Teacher Education Program is looking to expand its team of teacher educators who are committed to teacher preparation in the Leeward communities and across the state.

  Friday, January 31, 2020  /  Number of views (1619)
'My first year as a special education teacher' by Liann Sanerivi

'My first year as a special education teacher' by Liann Sanerivi

A Barbers Point Elementary teacher explores the highs and lows of running her own classroom

"Having just come from student teaching and graduating, I felt that I was set and ready to take on the world and my own classroom. I was not prepared for the feeling of failure."

  Tuesday, January 14, 2020  /  Number of views (1827)
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