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Statements on reaching an initial agreement with HSTA

Hawaii 24/7 Staff

The state of Hawaii and the Hawaii State Teachers Association on Friday night agreed on moving forward for transforming education. Both sides have reached an initial agreement.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Department of Education Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and Board of Education Chairman Don Horner issued the following joint statement:

“We are pleased we have reached an agreement in principle.

“Our focus remains on working together to ensure Hawaii will secure its Race to the Top grant, which lays the foundation for transforming student learning.

“We recognize that teaching is a profession that guides student achievement and we are committed to making the necessary changes in providing the best learning environment for teachers who excel in the classroom.”

In a statement to the state’s teachers HSTA president Wil Okabe said:

Dear Colleague,

I am happy to announce that HSTA and the State have come to a tentative settlement on our collective bargaining agreement. This tentative agreement was unanimously approved by the HSTA board of directors and recommended for ratification vote by DOE and Charter School teachers.

Details of the tentative agreement will be posted on the HSTA Members Only website. We will notify you when more detailed information is available via e-mail sometime next week.

Thank you for your patience and support during this difficult process. We look forward to seeing you at our ratification (dates to be announced).

I would also like to thank the negotiations team, committee, and HSTA state officers for their hard work and commitment to reach this agreement on your behalf.

Wil Okabe
Hawaii State Teachers Association President

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