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.
In a speech to volunteer teacher union leaders from across the state, Hawaii State Teachers Association Executive Director Wilbert Holck Wednesday gave them an important history lesson to recognize HSTA’s 50th anniversary.
The release of distance learning options for families late Wednesday by the Hawaii State Department of Education "is a positive step, but from what we see, teachers are still going to be expected to teach simultaneously online and in-person which the Board of Education last week agreed should not happen," Hawaii State Teachers Association President Osa Tui, Jr. said.
The Kids in Need Foundation and Scholastic are providing thousands of free new school books to teachers on July 22 and 23 at the Hawaii State Department of Education’s Back-to-School Book Giveaway at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall on Oahu.
With a little more than two weeks before students begin the fall semester, the Hawaii Board of Education Thursday directed public school officials to formulate a distance learning plan that board members pledged would not require educators to teach students online and in-person at the same time.
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.
For every teacher the state dedicates to distance learning when students return to class in August, it would need to pull a teacher out of the classroom, state Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said Tuesday.
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.