Monday, September 23, 2019
The Hawaii State Department of Education has hired a Denver-based education consulting firm to examine teacher salaries in Hawaii as well as the compensation system structure.
The study will:
Recommendations for teacher compensation systems will be reviewed, including salary schedules, incentive pay structures and/or alternative compensation models.
Policy and research centers included in the review include:
The study will compare salaries against three cohorts of districts:
Comparison school districts include:
Aurora (Colo.), Boston, Broward (Ft. Lauderdale), Dade (Miami), Denver, Fairfax County (Va. near Washington, D.C.), Gwinnett County (near Atlanta), Jefferson County (Colo.), Jersey City (N.J.), Long Beach, Los Angeles, New York City, Newark, Oakland, Orange (Orlando), Palm Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tacoma (Wash.), and Wake County (N.C.).
The listening sessions and subsequent analysis are being conducted by Denver-based education consultants Augenblick, Palaich and Associates, hired by the DOE on a $130,000 contract. The study should be completed and released toward the end of the year.
Two listening sessions will be held at the dates and times below in each location on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island. The first session was held late Monday afternoon at McKinley Community School for Adults and a second conducted at Kapolei High Tuesday.
Following a short introduction, attendees were able to give feedback on how the state’s compensation system should be updated to best address the needs of students, educators, schools and districts. Some participants chose to introduce themselves by name and school where they teach, but others simply spoke without identifying themselves. There is a sign-in sheet, but sign-in is not required.
For those unable to attend a listening session, an online survey will be open from Sept. 23 through Oct. 6 to gather feedback. This survey will also be open to parents and community members.
Click here to take the survey
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