Frustrated by the lack of funding in Hawaii’s schools and by our state being ranked worst in the country for teachers just last week by a national survey, educators around the state will organize a walk-in protest on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 7 to 8 a.m. The teachers are asking the public to support our schools and our keiki by voting Yes for the constitutional amendment that is on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Hawaii teachers are joining what’s called the “red for ed” movement around the country. In Oklahoma, West Virginia and Arizona, teachers went on strike, using walk-ins and protests to make the community aware of the lack of funding in public schools. The “red for ed” movement in Hawaii is expanding, and teachers across the state expect to hold even more walk-in protests later this month. Hawaii schools rank last in teacher pay and 45th in per pupil expenditures, adjusted for cost of living.
The Oct. 2 walk-ins will take place on Oahu at McKinley High, where teacher leaders will be available for interviews from 5 to 7:30 a.m. The protests will begin one hour before the school bell, and then 15 minutes before the bell, the protesters will “walk-in” to their schools together in solidarity.
Neighbor island sign waving and walk-ins will occur between approximately 7 and 7:45 a.m., when teacher leaders will be available for interviews at the following schools:
- Kauai – Wilcox Elementary
- Molokai – Molokai High
- Maui – Maui High
- Hilo – Hilo High
- Lanai – Lanai School
Neighbor island media wishing to interview reporters on their island should contact HSTA Director of Communications Keoki Kerr, who will make arrangements.
Last week, WalletHub released the results of a survey that found Hawaii is the worst place out of the other 49 states and Washington, D.C., to be a public school teacher, because of low salaries as well as a lack of both funding and support in the classroom.