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Letter: State Needs to Prioritize Teacher Contract

The state (Board of Education, Governor and superintendent) needs to prioritize retaining quality, experienced teachers. But the state is not taking the negotiations process seriously by:

  • Not bringing all team members to the table including their chief negotiator and governor’s representatives
  • Not engaging in any significant way in discussions of our proposals, even non-cost items
  • Not being available to bargain on a timely basis—30 days between sessions is not timely.
  • And there is a teacher shortage crisis – and the problem is getting worse.

The state’s current offer made January 19 of a 1% lump sum payment (bonus) in October of 2017 and 2018 is not adequate nor fair. It amounts to an average of about $550 per teacher per year, which is not enough to offset anticipated increasing health care costs and not enough to help attract and retain teachers.
Stand with our Keiki, our Future, our Teachers, our HSTA.

Laurie Tanner
Kihei

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