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Teachers to vote on tentative agreement

By Associated Press


Hawaii's public school teachers will be voting on a tentative agreement reached with the state.

Hawaii State Teachers Association members will be voting on the contract today.

The union and the state sought help from a federal mediator and reached an agreement on March 24. The deal restores a previous 5 percent pay cut and gives teachers a 3 percent raise on top of that in July. Teachers will get raises of 3 percent and 3.2 percent in following years. They'll also have a say in statewide decisions about evaluations.

The last contract expired in June 2011. Teachers voted down a contract offer last year, then tried to pressure the state to accept it later by voting on it again and approving it.

HSTA represents more than 13,000 teachers statewide.

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nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
What happened to the accountability portion? It went out the window. Because of this and many other problems with our public education system I now send all my children to private schools at a sacrificial cost. But my decision has been rewarded with better performance and better educated kids. I believe that a good education is key to a successful future and so I currently work two jobs just to be able to continue to send them to private school. At the same time it galls me that even though I do not make use of the public education system I still have to pay for it. Good for the teachers that they can now have a raise which I have not personally seen in my jobs. And I see much of the same in other workers' situation. Some of my colleagues are seeing their pay cut by as much as 20 percent. And their Social Security payments have been raised by a substantial amount on top of that. We will be playing the shuffle game and giving the hotel room tax to pay the teachers their raise instead of reinvesting that money help our tourism industry. And when tourism takes a downturn guess what? Our taxes will go up to pay for the raise. As if that was not enough of an insult to us tax payers they will have a raise each of successive four years. How many of us have seen that in our own pay? Other government employees unions will now have something to leverage with and guess what that means? Even more taxes for the tax payers. This snowball effect will hit our economy and for people struggling to make ends meet just to feed their children who are getting sub par education it's a lose-lose situation. So good for the teachers. Bad on us struggling tax payers.
on April 17,2013 | 10:34AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
It is time for a private school voucher system. It is only fair for those who do not believe in our public education system. Our state should consider privatizing education. It would lead to competition which will result in real improvements in our educational system. As it is, it will always be sickly and the scourge of our state.
on April 17,2013 | 10:37AM
Bdpapa wrote:
I have always been an advocate of a voucher system, or at least a tax credit. Privatization probably would be cheaper and better.
on April 17,2013 | 02:58PM
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