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.

HSTA holds live briefing, Q&A session on furlough threat

2021-02-05T01:23:15-10:00January 26, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

On Dec. 28, HSTA held a live briefing to inform members on furlough threats, our response, and other COVID-19-related updates and actions. Several developments have occurred relating to the governor’s threat of furloughing state employees.

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.

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.

Governor delays furloughs until ‘at least July 1’

2020-12-30T11:00:00-10:00December 30, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Gov. David Ige announced Tuesday afternoon he will delay furloughs for state employees to July 1. The Hawaii State Department of Education confirmed to HSTA that the furlough delay applies to HIDOE employees.

Governor delays furloughs; Jan. 4 teacher workday restored with pay

2020-12-24T12:45:00-10:00December 24, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

On Wednesday afternoon, Gov. David Ige announced he will delay furloughs for state employees, prompting the Hawaii State Department of Education to inform employees that “the scheduled Jan. 4 furlough day will no longer be implemented.”

Frequently asked questions about the HIDOE’s illegal furloughs

2020-12-19T13:22:00-10:00December 19, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Hawaii State Teachers Association is pursuing legal action regarding violations of the contract caused by imposed furloughs. Pending further developments, HSTA has developed a list of frequently asked questions, including information regarding public charter teachers.

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