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.

Deadline to obtain Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) credits

2021-02-18T14:12:52-10:00November 5, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Teachers will need to obtain six credits or equivalency within three years starting in SY 2020–21

HIDOE employees encouraged to get free COVID-19 testing

2020-08-28T06:37:00-10:00August 28, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The department is encouraging everyone to get tested, especially if you don't feel well or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19. You may get tested during work hours with supervisor approval and your proof of registration voucher.

After HSTA’s outcry, schools roll back in-person plans for Monday

2020-11-05T15:47:34-10:00August 15, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Many principals and complex area superintendents have drastically changed their approach, opting for grab-and-go arrangements to keep the number of students on campuses much lower than originally planned.

HSTA raises concerns about HIDOE school reopening guidelines

2020-11-05T15:41:55-10:00June 6, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"This week, the Department of Education released the ‘Guidance for Reopening Schools.’ HSTA was not consulted and did not agree to these policies, even though teachers will be the ones most likely being forced to implement these policies,” HSTA President Corey Rosenlee said. “We have many questions and concerns.”

HSTA asks for detailed answers about school reopening

2020-06-04T08:29:00-10:00June 4, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Since late April, the Hawaii State Teachers Association has repeatedly asked the Hawaii State Department of Education what model(s) will be used to reopen public schools in school year 2020–21.

Don’t reply to unsolicited emails offering financial advice for teachers via HIDOE email

2020-05-30T10:39:00-10:00May 30, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

If you receive unsolicited emails from financial firms offering advice to educators via your DOE email, don't reply. The HSTA and NEA offer free, vetted advice from local firms that can help you anytime.

HIDOE’s teacher salary study ‘further justifies the need to take bold action’

2020-02-05T11:39:00-10:00February 5, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

The results from an independent teacher compensation study commissioned by the Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE) show Hawaii’s cost of living and compression of salaries for experienced educators as the top challenges to recruiting and retaining public school teachers.

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