“I appreciate the integral role schools and teachers play in the lives of our keiki and the community so I thought this information would be of use to you.”
HB613, CD2 appropriates $29.7 million in federal COVID-19 stimulus funds for the fiscal year that starts July 1 “for the purpose of educator workforce stabilization to retain teachers; provided that moneys appropriated shall be used for a one-time stabilization payment of $2,200 for each teacher.”
While your HSTA Negotiations Team is pleased to report that the employer is no longer proposing a large, across-the-board pay cut, the state still wants to eliminate key memoranda of understanding (MOUs) and differentials, which would result in reduced pay and loss of important protections.
The Hawaii Board of Education Thursday approved a plan to spend up to $58 million in federal pandemic aid funds on summer learning loss programs, transportation, food service, and student computer devices for the next two summers.
This guidance is provided as a member resource regarding the agreement reached with the State of Hawaii and the Hawaii Board of Education to amend the June 2020 memorandum of understanding related to COVID-19 response for school year 2020-2021 and the corresponding coronavirus preparation and response letter dated July 13, 2020.
The agreement provides a framework to allow schools to increase the number of students returning to campuses in the fourth quarter for in-person learning, especially students in elementary schools.
A discussion by the Board of Education Thursday about bringing more public school students back to campuses in the fourth quarter showed while most people support the idea, there are numerous concerns about the readiness, the ability, and reality of increasing on-campus learning in the weeks ahead.
The Hawaii State Teachers Association Board of Directors voted to support our negotiations team conducting impact bargaining with the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) on wider implementation of face-to-face learning in the fourth quarter.
At its general business meeting on Thursday, March 4, the Hawaii Board of Education will hear and discuss a presentation from the HIDOE on “strategies for safe reopening of elementary and secondary schools to more in-person learning for fourth quarter.”