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Revamping salaries is key in preventing ‘mass exodus’ of Hawaii public school teachers

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Waialua High & Intermediate School teacher Victoria Pescaia is a 27-year, double-certified teacher and has been stuck at the same pay classification for 20 years. Although Pescaia loves her job and students, she and other veteran teachers are considering leaving the field because they’re not compensated appropriately for their experience.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Waialua High & Intermediate School teacher Victoria Pescaia is a 27-year, double-certified teacher and has been stuck at the same pay classification for 20 years. Although Pescaia loves her job and students, she and other veteran teachers are considering leaving the field because they’re not compensated appropriately for their experience.

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Waialua High & Intermediate School teacher Victoria Pescaia last week advised students who belong to the Bayanihan Club.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Waialua High & Intermediate School teacher Victoria Pescaia last week advised students who belong to the Bayanihan Club.

Is a mass exodus coming of veteran Hawaii public school teachers worn out from years of working for comparatively low pay, especially through the grinding stress of the COVID-19 pandemic — or can their departure be slowed by raising their salaries? Read more

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