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Today we’re talking about what needs to happen to return to school safely and ease the fears of families - whether they be of students, teachers or administrators. The academic year would have started this week but the decision was made to put it off until August 17th.

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The Hawaii teachers union called for the public school reopening date to be postponed until critical questions about safety procedures are answered by the state Department of Education and state Department of Health.

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Consultants hired by the Hawaii Department of Education are meeting with educators around the state, seeking ways to improve compensation. On the first night they heard from many barely hanging on.

Wayne Yoshioka

A Constitutional Amendment question on public education funding will be on the General Election Ballot. In his second report on this issue, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka provides the teacher’s union perspective.

Teacher Training on Houseless Students Conducted

Jun 27, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

There are an estimated 300 children in Hawai’i believed to be house-less.  That, according to a study by Waikiki Health’s Youth Outreach program. The teacher’s union is gearing up to train it’s members to recognize who needs help.

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Hawaii has a well-documented problem recruiting and retaining public school teachers. At a meeting of the State Board of Education yesterday, Hawaii State Teachers Association President Corey Rosenlee revealed that teachers are now moving to the mainland at a record-setting rate. One of those teachers who recently left Hawaii is Kellee Kelly. After years of struggling to make ends meet, Kellie made the decision to move her family to the mainland. She now lives in Dallas, Texas.

DOE: Teacher Recruiting & Retention Top Priority

Jan 29, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i public school officials briefed members of the Legislature Friday. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

HSTA Responds to Criticism of Public Unions

Dec 1, 2017
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Hawaii State Teachers Association

The President of the Hawaii State Teachers Association, Corey Rosenlee, responds to a recent interview on The Conversation that made the case for weakening public sector unions. 

Wayne Yoshioka

A number of bills to tax investors and tourists to improve public education are advancing through the legislature.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

The Conversation: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Aug 16, 2016
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Pay Raise for DOE Administrators; 2016 Greek Festival; From The Farm; Ho’olaule’a In Hana

Pay Raises for DOE Administrators: Corey Rosenlee

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Flickr / albertogp123

Student test scores may no longer be linked to a teacher’s job performance.

The Hawaii State Board of Education unanimously approved recommendations that would get rid of standardized testing from the evaluation process. That’s a big deal for educators, who say the evaluations are unfairly tied to teacher pay and impact retention.

Amy Perruso is the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association secretary-treasurer and a social studies teacher at Mililani High.

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Pixabay Commons

The Hawai‘i State Teachers Association says higher taxes are needed to improve education in the state.

The group has released a 10-part agenda for the 2016 legislative session. Topics include a reduction in class sizes, teacher retention, equal access to preschool, and an end to high stakes testing. The measure also calls for adequate funding of rural schools and repairs to air conditioning.

To fund the project – the measure recommends a one-percent increase in the state general excise tax. Corey Rosenlee is the HSTA President.

Town Square: HSTA's Future

Jun 11, 2015
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Kris Coffield / Twitter

 The contentious HSTA election is over. We talk with HSTA's newly elected president Corey Rosenlee and his leadership team about what they plan to do in this transition period and how they plan on moving HSTA in a different direction.

Judge Halts Teacher's Attempt to Stop HSTA Revote

Jun 1, 2015
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HSTA

A new election will take place tomorrow to decide who will head the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association. Last week a state judge denied a request for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented the re-vote. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

Hawaii Teachers Gear Up for Coming School Year

Jul 8, 2013
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HSTA

School has been out of session for over a month now. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, Hawaii teachers are already hard at work preparing for the coming year.