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Maui educators testify for more support

Emotions ran high at the Board of Education’s general business meeting Thursday, where board members spent 90 minutes discussing updates on rebuilding Maui schools, including over an hour of testimony from Lahaina area educators asking for more support following the August wildfires.

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Lahainaluna science teacher Arica Lynn pauses during a news conference on Thursday.
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Lahainaluna teacher Ashley Olson speaks during a news conference on Thursday.
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Lahainaluna science teachers Jackie Ellis, left, and Arica Lynn embrace Thursday.
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Lahainaluna science teachers Jackie Ellis, left, and Arica Lynn embrace at the Department of Education’s Queen Liliuokalani building.
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About 20 Maui teachers flew to Oahu on Thursday to ask the Board of Education for more support following the wildfires in August. Designated as a hard-to-staff location for years, educators on Maui are asking for increased shortage differentials for West Maui teachers, the creation of a fire relief leave bank, and more robust mental health supports for all who were impacted, including displaced students. The HSTA previously submitted these requests to the schools superintendent; all of which were denied.
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Lahainaluna teacher Ashley Olson speaks during a news conference on Thursday.
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Lahaina Intermediate teacher Luxmi Quall speaks during a news conference on Thursday.
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Lahainaluna teacher Victoria Zupancic, third from left, embraces HSTA staff member Jill Reinecke as other Maui educators gather on Thursday.
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Lahaina Intermediate eighth grade teacher Donell Thomas speaks during a news conference.
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Lahaina Intermediate eighth grade teacher Donell Thomas speaks during a news conference on Thursday.
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About 20 Maui teachers flew to Oahu on Thursday to ask the Board of Education for more support following the wildfires in August. Designated as a hard-to-staff location for years, educators on Maui are asking for increased shortage differentials for West Maui teachers, the creation of a fire relief leave bank, and more robust mental health supports for all who were impacted, including displaced students. The HSTA previously submitted these requests to the schools superintendent; all of which were denied.
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About 20 Maui teachers flew to Oahu on Thursday to ask the Board of Education for more support following the wildfires in August. Designated as a hard-to-staff location for years, educators on Maui are asking for increased shortage differentials for West Maui teachers, the creation of a fire relief leave bank, and more robust mental health supports for all who were impacted, including displaced students. The HSTA previously submitted these requests to the schools superintendent; all of which were denied.
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Maui educators arrive on Thursday at the Department of Education’s Queen Liliuokalani building.

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