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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 (2298)
Sister, daughter of school clerk who died of COVID-19 make case for telework

Sister, daughter of school clerk who died of COVID-19 make case for telework

Dayna Inouye, Angie Choi worked at Dole Middle School; Cameron Inouye-Ng teaches at Makalapa Elementary

Angie Choi, a school counselor at Dole Middle School, submitted testimony to the Board of Education Wednesday asking them on behalf of her late sister to assure that educators can telework during the pandemic.

  Thursday, September 17, 2020  /  Number of views (5795)
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 (2380)
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 (713)
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 (1060)
Unions submit joint testimony to BOE on school reopening options

Unions submit joint testimony to BOE on school reopening options

HSTA, HGEA, and UPW send in testimony ahead of special meeting July 30

On Thursday, July 30, at 1 p.m., the board will hold a special meeting to discuss school reopening options. The agenda includes three action items that link to background, recommendations, and implications as submitted by the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE). On Tuesday, July 28, we submitted joint testimony with HGEA and UPW on all three action items, which we are sharing below.

  Tuesday, July 28, 2020  /  Number of views (1405)
BOE to consider school calendar changes because of outcry

BOE to consider school calendar changes because of outcry

Teacher, principal testimony helped the board see numerous reopening concerns

BOE Chair Catherine Payne said the board will “hold a special meeting to address the concerns in the testimony about training and health matters that came up. At that point, we could also consider a waiver (of the 180 required student instructional days) for some additional professional development days.”

  Friday, July 24, 2020  /  Number of views (5138)
Shortage differentials to continue following passionate testimony before the Board of Education

Shortage differentials to continue following passionate testimony before the Board of Education

Board takes no action on proposed suspension in light of ‘promises and commitments’

HSTA President Corey Rosenlee says the differentials “worked better than our dreams ever imagined,” and not just by filling the actual positions. Rosenlee says higher education programs that funnel educators into these positions also saw a significant increase.

  Thursday, July 23, 2020  /  Number of views (2577)
Principals, EAs, and others join teachers calling for more time before students return to campus

Principals, EAs, and others join teachers calling for more time before students return to campus

Overwhelming testimony ahead of Thursday's BOE meeting supports students’ delayed return to campus

James Sunday, Radford High School principal, submitted testimony to the BOE that said, “Although we are expected to be ‘good soldiers’ who follow directives, we can not in good conscience move forward without expressing the concerns we continue to have in regards to reopening our schools. The depth of these concerns keep us up at night as we hold the health and safety of our individual communities in our hands.”

  Wednesday, July 22, 2020  /  Number of views (4081)
Star-Advertiser editorial calls on HIDOE to delay bringing students back to school

Star-Advertiser editorial calls on HIDOE to delay bringing students back to school

The newspaper says there are 'valid questions about feasibility' of reopening schools

"State officials should opt to delay the Aug. 4 start for students by up to a week, while tasking school facilities to hammer out, absorb and train up on more-through plans," the newspaper editorialized Wednesday.

  Wednesday, July 22, 2020  /  Number of views (1565)
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