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HSTA: HIDOE needs to clearly explain school reopening plan

HSTA: HIDOE needs to clearly explain school reopening plan

Superintendent says she will release detailed plans in two weeks

The HSTA Negotiations Team meets for an hour and a half with top HIDOE officials Monday to begin detailed bargaining about reopening schools.

  Friday, June 19, 2020  /  Number of views (4391)
HSTA raises concerns about HIDOE school reopening guidelines

HSTA raises concerns about HIDOE school reopening guidelines

BOE members acknowledge communication problems

"This week, the Department of Education released the ‘Guidance for Reopening Schools.’ HSTA was not consulted and did not agree to these policies, even though teachers will be the ones most likely being forced to implement these policies,” HSTA President Corey Rosenlee said. “We have many questions and concerns.”

  Friday, June 5, 2020  /  Number of views (4354)
As lawmakers reconvene, hundreds testify against pay cuts

As lawmakers reconvene, hundreds testify against pay cuts

One teacher said, 'Students cannot suffer further'

More than 450 people — many of them teachers — sent in testimony urging lawmakers to stop any effort to cut state workers’ salaries, which would worsen the teacher shortage crisis as well as the state economy.

  Monday, May 11, 2020  /  Number of views (1055)
Legislature reconvenes today, public can view sessions online and on-air

Legislature reconvenes today, public can view sessions online and on-air

The Capitol remains closed to the public as lawmakers look for ways to avoid state employee pay cuts and shore up the budget

When the 2020 Legislative session reconvenes Monday, the Hawaii State Capitol will be secured and closed to the general public, but hearings and floor sessions will be broadcast and live-streamed.

  Monday, May 11, 2020  /  Number of views (392)
Submit testimony in support of state budget bill; swift action necessary to avoid pay cuts

Submit testimony in support of state budget bill; swift action necessary to avoid pay cuts

House Bill 2200 relating to the state budget to be heard Monday

Hawaii's general revenue has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic and lawmakers have worked out a plan to cover a projected $1 billion gap without cutting your pay. The Senate Committee on Ways & Means will be hearing House Bill 2200, HD1, relating to the state budget, this Monday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hawaii State Capitol.

  Saturday, May 9, 2020  /  Number of views (1075)
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 (873)
URGENT: Testimony needed on teacher salary measures by Wednesday

URGENT: Testimony needed on teacher salary measures by Wednesday

SB2488 would fund salary compression fix, shortage differentials next year

We need testimony from teachers, counselors, and school librarians at DOE and public charter schools in support of SB 2488, Proposed SD1. Please take a few minutes to write and submit testimony!

  Monday, February 3, 2020  /  Number of views (2963)
Free sessions show you how to make a difference at the state Legislature

Free sessions show you how to make a difference at the state Legislature

Learn how to submit testimony, track bills, and communicate with lawmakers

This month, the Public Access Room will be on Hawaii Island (Sept. 9–13), Maui (Sept. 16–19), and Kauai (Sept. 23–25) as part of its annual outreach. Additional presentations on Oahu, Molokai, and Lanai will be scheduled for later this fall.

  Tuesday, September 3, 2019  /  Number of views (711)
Key Senate committee OKs proposal to better fund our public schools

Key Senate committee OKs proposal to better fund our public schools

Senate Bill 1474 was approved the Senate Ways and Means Committee Friday

The proposal would provide additional funding, 80 percent to public schools and 20 percent to the University of Hawaii, through a half-percent increase in the general excise tax (GET).

  Tuesday, February 26, 2019  /  Number of views (1013)
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