About half of the Hawaii State Teachers Association membership, more than 6,300 educators, are being paid thousands of dollars less a year by the state than they should because they were not given raises during tough economic times.
Across the state this week, 335 educators, parents and students spoke out at a listening tour held by the Hawaii Department of Education about teacher compensation, while another 1,000 people answered an online survey that's still receiving feedback through Oct. 6.
“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.
More than 120 educators, students and community members spoke about the bad effects of low teacher pay.
Here are the data points, research recommendations and cities that will be compared to Hawaii in teacher salaries.