Maui teachers call on Board of Education for more support 9 months after Lahaina wildfire

2024-05-23T20:29:49-10:00May 23, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Hawaiʻi Board of Education promised action Thursday after more than a dozen Maui teachers flew to Oʻahu to ask for more support following devastating wildfires last August.

Lahaina community calls for stronger evacuation plans, mental health services post-wildfires

2023-09-29T10:44:36-10:00September 29, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Families in Lahaina voiced their concerns Thursday over inadequate evacuation plans and inaccessible mental health services as three of four Hawaiʻi State Department of Education schools in West Maui prepare to reopen to students next month in the wake of devastating wildfires.

‘We need a hero.’ Urge lawmakers to fight the youth vaping epidemic in Hawaiʻi

2023-09-12T12:48:35-10:00September 8, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Educators say current restrictions on electronic cigarettes, or vaping products, aren’t working, and the burden to manage the youth vaping epidemic in Hawai'i can’t be placed solely on schools. Lawmakers have the power to protect our students by holding the tobacco industry accountable.

HSTA calls for keeping Lahaina students together, crisis counseling, better communications from HIDOE

2023-08-23T10:53:09-10:00August 23, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Education must do a better job of communicating with parents and educators, providing crisis counseling, establishing safe campuses, and keeping displaced Lahaina students and staff together, said HSTA President Osa Tui, Jr.

Tell the Board of Education more needs to be done to support the Maui community

2023-08-22T20:26:12-10:00August 17, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Sound off on school-related planning for the weeks and months ahead Posted: August 17, 2023 On Thursday, Aug. 24, at 1:30 p.m., the Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled August general business meeting. On the agenda, Superintendent Keith Hayashi will report on Maui wildfire impacts. This is an opportunity for educators and community members affected by the Maui wildfires to make their voices heard regarding school-related planning for the weeks and months ahead. This disaster demands effective, timely communication. HSTA members have continued to express their concerns over the lack of timely communication [...]

Hawaiʻi will provide free period products in all public schools

2022-06-21T16:39:26-10:00June 21, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Gov. David Ige signed Senate Bill 2821 into law Monday, making Hawaiʻi the sixth state in the country to provide quality menstrual supplies free of charge to public school students.

Final testimony needed by 3 p.m. Thursday on salary compression, shortage differentials, 21 hours

2022-03-29T16:00:14-10:00March 29, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This Friday, April 1, the state House Finance Committee will hear bills that are important to ensure the state can attract and retain experienced educators and ease the teacher shortage crisis.

Senate Ed committee green lights continued shortage differentials

2022-01-28T17:09:30-10:00January 28, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The state Senate Education Committee gave its unanimous approval to a bill Friday that would continue funding shortage differential payments to special education and Hawaiian language immersion teachers as well as those who teach in geographically remote and hard-to-staff schools.

Proposal to pay teachers based on years of service advances

2022-01-28T18:28:39-10:00January 28, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A proposal to pay Hawaii public school teachers based on their years of experience won unanimous approval from the state Senate Education Committee Friday. 

Submit testimony to the BOE on pressing issues including retention, superintendent

2022-01-17T11:54:21-10:00January 16, 2022|Categories: COVID-19, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

This Thursday, Jan. 20, the Hawaii Board of Education will hold a series of meetings. Agenda items include teacher retention and shortage differentials, the superintendent search, Red Hill water contamination, and COVID-19 update for the 2021–22 school year. If you are affected by any of these topics, please submit written and, if possible, oral testimony. Your voice is necessary to ensure that board members are fully aware of the realities within our schools.

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