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Updates relating to our union, our profession, and public education in Hawaii

Latest Stories2021-01-26T04:44:59-10:00

HIDOE validates HSTA’s warnings of federal stimulus violations

The Hawaii State Department of Education’s chief financial officer told the Board of Education Thursday that the teachers' union correctly described congressional restrictions on reducing public school budgets after the state accepted hundreds of millions of dollars in federal pandemic aid.

January 23, 2021|News|

BOE delays approving HIDOE use of federal stimulus funds

The Hawaii Board of Education Thursday tabled a controversial Hawaii Department of Education proposal to use $53 million in federal pandemic stimulus funds to hire tutors for public school students as the department contemplates laying off hundreds of teachers, education assistants, and other staff.

January 22, 2021|News|

Governor restores $123M of school cuts, but layoffs, $140M in reductions still loom

While the governor's restoration of $123 million in school cuts is an improvement, the Hawaii Department of Education still faces roughly $140 million in cuts with hundreds of potential layoffs, the Hawaii State Teachers Association’s president said.

January 22, 2021|News|

Stimulus bills prohibit state from reducing public education budgets

Congress prohibited budget cuts to public education in Hawaii in its multibillion-dollar pandemic stimulus bills, making illegal the governor and school superintendent’s plans to slash millions from public school budgets next year and lay off more than 1,000 school employees, the Hawaii State Teachers Associated revealed at a news conference Tuesday.

January 20, 2021|News|

Testimony: Federal stimulus law prohibits cuts to public education

The Hawaii State Teachers Association strongly urges the Hawaii State Board of Education to delay approving the Hawaii State Department of Education’s stimulus funds plan. If passed, the HIDOE plan will violate recently passed federal law, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133), hurt relations with the state Legislature, and cause long-term, lasting damage to Hawaii’s keiki and their teachers.

January 20, 2021|News|

Submit testimony to BOE to stop budget, position cuts, and private tutoring

We want to inform board members not only about the impacts budget reductions and proposed position cuts will have on our teachers and students, but that federal funds should not be used to hire private tutors while the state may fire more than 1,000 qualified teachers and other public school staff.

January 18, 2021|News|
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