The program provides first-time homebuyers with down payment and/or closing cost assistance of up to 5% of the home purchase price, not to exceed $30,000. Applicants will be selected through a lottery drawing process.
HSTA Secretary-Treasurer Lisa Morrison said, "With the hardships members have endured recently and the fact that they are taking home smaller paychecks without the 21 hours of PD, we feel now is not the right time to ask our members to pay more.”
Lydia Haff and Shay Kaleoʻoluhoʻiloliokawaipāhe Zykova are among 12 recipients recognized across the country. Haff and Zykova, both ninth-grade English teachers, started a literacy team at their school to focus on building literacy skills in their students.
As you are gearing up for the new school year, a lot of uncertainty remains as we await the transition from Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto to Interim Superintendent Keith Hayashi. This transition, coupled with the guidance from DOH released Monday, has further delayed our official meeting with the department to discuss critical issues that are arising.
“Teach Our Future” will feature Pure Heart, Robi Kahakalau, the Camarillo ohana, and the Makaha Sons, and will be available via livestream worldwide on Saturday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m.
HSTA President Osa Tui Jr. says he and fellow HSTA leaders are continuing to absorb the updated guidance, and stressed during a news conference Monday that “our teachers have wanted to be back in school with their students for a while now, and they are committed to making their classrooms as safe as possible for their students.”
During remarks before a socially distanced crowd that also included state and city lawmakers and Hawaii State Department of Education officials, first lady Dr. Jill Biden thanked her fellow educators for their hard work during the pandemic.
Roughly 4,200 members who have HSTA VB medical/prescription drug or dental plans will be seeing adjustments in future paychecks due to an error made by the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund.
Hilo social studies teacher Aaron Kubo recently began serving as the Hawaii State Teacher Association’s NEA director, the union’s representative to the National Education Association. He brings a wide variety of experience in education, ethnic diversity and labor relations to this position.
The Hawaii State Teachers Association has always said that it’s best to follow the science, and we look forward to seeing what guidance our state departments of health and education issue based on today’s recommendations.