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.”
The Hawaii State Teachers Association welcomes two new UniServ Directors to serve our teacher members next month, replacing two long-time advocates who retired after decades of service. In addition, several other UDs are transferring to different geographic areas.
Maui Youth and Family Services is looking for loving families on the island of Maui that can temporarily open their homes to youth 10 to 18 years old who need positive role models with strong parenting and communication skills
Most of the millions of dollars worth of sweeping job cuts and program reductions planned for public schools next fall will be restored, Hawaii State Department of Education officials informed the Board of Education Thursday. Board members also made shortage differential funding a priority for next school year and did not approve using federal stimulus funds to hire outside tutors.
The Hawaii Board of Education Thursday afternoon voted overwhelmingly to continue paying shortage differentials to public school teachers across the state, directing Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto to rescind her memo by the close of business Friday that would have ended the $3,000 to $10,000 payments to teachers in areas faced with chronic vacancies.
The schools superintendent faces increasing pressure from state lawmakers to rescind budget cuts and direct federal stimulus aid to keep school employees on the payroll and maintain their current levels of pay instead of implementing pay cuts, layoffs, or hiring tutors.
Join us in asking the Board of Education to prioritize restoring all cuts to the weighted student formula (WSF) and special education per-pupil allocation (SPPA), which would eliminate the need for layoffs of any HIDOE employees, including all teachers. HSTA will further ask HIDOE to follow the law by using federal stimulus funding to avoid future pay cuts.