Distance learning for fall term is ‘legitimate concern,’ superintendent says

2021-07-14T09:17:39-10:00July 14, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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.

BOE chair says board will consider distance learning options

2021-07-03T12:11:07-10:00July 2, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Hawaii Board of Education chair said Thursday the board will discuss distance learning options for next school year at its next meeting on July 15, just a little more than two weeks before most public school students are scheduled to return to class.

Shortage differentials maintain strong BOE support

2021-05-21T17:00:25-10:00May 21, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

HIDOE is using the differentials to recruit, retain teachers Posted: May 21, 2021 Board of Education leaders voiced strong support Thursday for continuing teacher shortage differentials next school year and the Hawaii State Department of Education is still touting them in recruitment and retention materials even as the department works to find exactly how it will pay for them. Bruce Voss, who chairs the BOE’s Finance and Infrastructure Committee, said Thursday that the budget passed by lawmakers awaiting the governor’s signature or veto did not fund “the $32.5 million teacher differential that this board approved [...]

BOE approves panel to begin superintendent search

2021-03-19T12:26:42-10:00March 18, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Hawaii Board of Education Thursday voted to approve the creation of a special committee to set a search timeline and process to select a new superintendent for Hawaii public schools.

Superintendent will not seek contract renewal after overwhelming criticism

2021-03-09T15:23:31-10:00March 9, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

After nearly four years at the helm of the Hawaii State Department of Education, Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto will not seek to renew her contract. Her term ends July 30.

BOE committee postpones vote on new contract for Kishimoto

2021-03-04T17:01:39-10:00March 4, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

After receiving an overwhelming amount of written and oral testimony critical of the leadership of Hawaii’s controversial state schools superintendent Christina Kishimoto, the Hawaii Board of Education’s Human Resources Committee postponed a vote to consider whether to approve her new contract.

BOE testimony overwhelmingly opposes superintendent’s reappointment

2021-03-03T18:34:29-10:00March 3, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

An overwhelming number of people who submitted written testimony to the Hawaii Board of Education as of midday Wednesday asked the BOE not to renew the contract of Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto.

Submit testimony to BOE by Wednesday to restore school-level budgets, positions, salaries

2021-02-14T16:04:27-10:00February 14, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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.

Superintendent plans to discontinue shortage differentials that decreased vacancies

2021-02-14T16:03:28-10:00February 12, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The superintendent’s memo is misleading. While she indicates that the shortage differential program was a pilot, this is not the case. These differentials were enacted and approved by the Board of Education based on Kishimoto's request on Dec. 5, 2019.

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