Incentives for Hard-to-Staff Schools May End

Incentive programs that help keep teachers in remote geographic areas might soon become yet another casualty of deep cuts in the education budget.

"They might get suspended, but we want to continue them if we can," Kerry Tom, administrator for teacher recruitment with the Hawaii Department of Education, told Civil Beat. "I think it's going to be dependent on the overall economy, because the Legislature has cut funds to the DOE."

He said the department may not know until after the new school year begins whether the incentive program can continue for 2010-11.

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