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.
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.
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.
Living paycheck to paycheck, a Hawaii Island teacher explains how furloughs would hurt his family and many others
Nico Friedman, a teacher at Kealakehe High School on Hawaii Island, submitted public written testimony to the Hawaii State Board of Education.
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.
The Hawaii State Teachers Association encourages all members to share your personal stories on how potential furloughs will affect you and your students before the Hawaii State Board of Education holds its next meeting on Thursday, Dec. 17.
BOE approves HIDOE’s proposed operating budget with reservations: ‘We have to figure out a better way’
Despite unanimously approving the Hawaii State Department of Education’s operating budget for the 2021–23 fiscal biennium Thursday, Board of Education members were not happy with the department’s proposed $164 million budget reduction.
HSTA President Corey Rosenlee informed the media and our members Wednesday about proposed cuts in the Department of Education’s proposed operating budget and the damaging impacts on our keiki and schools. “HSTA does not want these cuts to go into place until our lawmakers and the public know the ramifications of these cuts,” he said.