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Abercrombie, HSTA sign contract after teachers ratify deal

By Nanea Kalani

LAST UPDATED: 12:28 p.m. HST, Apr 18, 2013

Gov. Neil Abercrombie wasted no time in signing off on the new contract public schoolteachers ratified last night.

At a news conference this morning, the governor and officials with the state Department of Education and the Hawaii State Teachers Association made the four-year deal official. It now heads to the Legislature for funding approvals.

Abercrombie told reporters he believes the contract, which will tie teachers’ pay raises in part to student performance, should be celebrated as one of the most progressive contracts in the country.

Ninety-five percent of teachers voting voted to ratify the deal, which includes annual pay increases and reduced medical premiums for teachers, and ends a two-year labor dispute with the state.

The governor made a pledge to teachers that he and his administration will “dedicate ourselves to living up to everything that has been negotiated in this contract.”

Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi added that the Department of Education is committed to “making this the opportunity to improve our public education system through the support of our teachers.”

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allie wrote:
Give away to a really poorly performing lot. They are lucky to have any job and they know it
on April 18,2013 | 12:45PM
BRock wrote:
Bad attitude as usual.
on April 18,2013 | 01:15PM
volcanohereicome wrote:
I would like to know if allie has ever actually taught in a public school, or does she just like to run her mouth. Unless you have walked in a teacher's shoes, you should not be making statements like this.
on April 18,2013 | 01:29PM
false wrote:
Yeah, no less went to school here.
on April 18,2013 | 01:57PM
allie wrote:
I may become a teacher. I am not a graduate yet!
on April 18,2013 | 02:21PM
braddah wrote:
I don't think you could handle being a teacher...everything has to be just right. Teacher's make due with whatever they have and improvise...don't become a teacher, you would be whining all day just like you are here on these forums!
on April 18,2013 | 02:37PM
false wrote:
One union down an several more to go!
on April 18,2013 | 01:56PM
AhiPoke wrote:
Everyone is all smiles as the governor fulfilled his pre-election promises. Unfortunately, the public is going to pay big-time. The gov has effectively given all public employees a raise. With money we don't have. And, the part about tying future pay raises to student performance, remember what happened when HSTA agreed to drug testing? It will never happen.
on April 18,2013 | 02:50PM
hikine wrote:
...and what of the Hurricane Fund that was raided to pay the teachers?
on April 18,2013 | 06:09PM
sumoroach wrote:
Democrat government in Hawaii places all unions first and the taxpayer last. This is what you get when NAZI run the government. (The National Socialist German Workers' Party (German: About this sound Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (help·info), abbreviated NSDAP), commonly known in English as the Nazi Party, was a political party in Germany between 1920 and 1945. Its predecessor, the German Workers' Party (DAP), existed from 1919 to 1920. The term Nazi is German and stems from Nationalsozialist,[6] due to the pronunciation of Latin -tion- as -tsion- in German (rather than -shon- as it is in English), with German Z being pronounced as 'ts'. The democrats are socialist here in Hawaii. The Governor was in the Democrat Socialist Caucus when he was a congressman in Washington DC. (Look under Thomas roll in Google.) This is what you vote for Hawaii. WAKE UP.
on April 18,2013 | 10:50PM
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