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Local AlohaSafe Alert app aims to slow COVID-19 spread

Local AlohaSafe Alert app aims to slow COVID-19 spread

Users receive notifications of possible exposure through close contact between devices

Health officials urge the public to download a local app that was developed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. AlohaSafe Alert is a free exposure notification app approved by the state of Hawai‘i.

  Monday, January 25, 2021  /  Number of views (1)
HIDOE allows employees up to 2 hours off to get vaccine

HIDOE allows employees up to 2 hours off to get vaccine

HSTA had advocated for paid time for this important task

After the HSTA advocated for its members to receive paid time to get their COVID-19 vaccines, School Superintendent Christina Kishimoto sent a memo Friday authorizing that to Hawaii Department of Education employees.

  Friday, January 22, 2021  /  Number of views (2461)
Local education nonprofit seeks educators for online focus groups

Local education nonprofit seeks educators for online focus groups

The HEA wants to understand teachers’ needs and challenges

The nonprofit Hawaii Education Association seeks active and retired teachers from all grade levels (preschool through college) and all islands to participate in online focus groups about the education profession today.

  Friday, January 22, 2021  /  Number of views (71)
Take HSTA’s English learners survey by Feb. 12

Take HSTA’s English learners survey by Feb. 12

Your feedback will help address concerns, shape proposals

All members are encouraged to take the survey, which should take five minutes or less to complete. Those teachers who have EL responsibilities, such as classroom instruction, EL coordination, and/or support for EL services are strongly encouraged to respond.

  Friday, January 22, 2021  /  Number of views (25)
HIDOE validates HSTA's warnings of federal stimulus violations

HIDOE validates HSTA's warnings of federal stimulus violations

BOE to hold meeting to explore congressional prohibitions on cutting school budgets 

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.

  Friday, January 22, 2021  /  Number of views (685)
HIDOE memos related to coronavirus (COVID-19)

HIDOE memos related to coronavirus (COVID-19)

A roundup of updates issued by the Hawaii State Department of Education

This page contains updates issued by the Hawaii State Department of Education related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

  Friday, January 22, 2021  /  Number of views (17932)
BOE delays approving HIDOE use of federal stimulus funds

BOE delays approving HIDOE use of federal stimulus funds

Teachers, BOE members raise concerns about spending millions hiring private tutors while perhaps firing hundreds of educators 

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.

  Thursday, January 21, 2021  /  Number of views (1100)
Governor restores $123M of school cuts, but layoffs, $140M in reductions still loom

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

About 600 teachers or more could still lose their jobs next school year

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.

  Thursday, January 21, 2021  /  Number of views (1467)
Stimulus bills prohibit state from reducing public education budgets

Stimulus bills prohibit state from reducing public education budgets

Governor, superintendent’s proposed budget cuts conflict with federal law 

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.

  Tuesday, January 19, 2021  /  Number of views (899)
Testimony: Federal stimulus law prohibits cuts to public education

Testimony: Federal stimulus law prohibits cuts to public education

Read HSTA President Corey Rosenlee’s testimony to the Hawaii State Board of 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.

  Tuesday, January 19, 2021  /  Number of views (1707)
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