Almost all weighted student formula, special education funding restored for next school year

2021-03-02T09:50:00-10:00February 18, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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.

Lawmakers direct HIDOE to use federal aid to preserve school jobs, avoid pay cuts

2021-02-17T18:40:15-10:00February 17, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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.

HIDOE validates HSTA’s warnings of federal stimulus violations

2021-02-05T01:27:31-10:00January 23, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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.

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

2021-02-05T01:31:39-10:00January 22, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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.

Stimulus bills prohibit state from reducing public education budgets

2021-01-20T10:37:00-10:00January 20, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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.

Testimony: Federal stimulus law prohibits cuts to public education

2021-01-20T07:29:00-10:00January 20, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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.

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

2021-01-18T06:35:00-10:00January 18, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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.

HIDOE details millions in potential cuts for next school year

2021-01-16T13:43:00-10:00January 16, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For the first time Friday, the Hawaii State Department of Education released school-by-school effects of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of budget reductions the governor has directed public schools to endure next school year, resulting in a range of 1,000 to 1,500 job losses, at least half which would affect teachers. 

Living paycheck to paycheck, a Hawaii Island teacher explains how furloughs would hurt his family and many others

2020-12-17T10:17:00-10:00December 17, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Nico Friedman, a teacher at Kealakehe High School on Hawaii Island, submitted public written testimony to the Hawaii State Board of Education.

HIDOE announces illegal furloughs

2020-12-16T14:43:00-10:00December 16, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The HSTA has not agreed to furloughs, and any implementation would violate our collective bargaining agreement. We are consulting with our attorneys and plan to take any legal action in the near future to challenge the HIDOE’s furlough plan.

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