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Teachers' pact would offer performance-based raises

By Derrick DePledge


Public-school teachers would continue to accept a 5 percent pay cut under a proposed contract but would move to a new salary schedule and evaluation system in July 2013 and would be eligible for annual pay raises based on their performance.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association, which reached a tentative agreement with the state on Friday, released a synopsis of the six-year contract to its 12,700 members on Wednesday. 

Teachers, like other public workers, would face 5 percent in labor savings through June 2013 to help balance the state's budget. Teachers would move to a new salary schedule in July 2013 that recognizes their years of service with the state Department of Education. The department would also convert to a new teacher evaluation system, and teachers would be eligible for annual pay raises based on performance.

Performance-based evaluations for teachers that include student learning growth are one of the state's promises in a $75 million federal Race to the Top grant.  Hawaii has been warned that it could lose the grant money because it has not made sufficient progress, in part because of the labor dispute with the teachers union.

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