Hawaii Teacher Evaluation Concerns Keep State, Union From Agreement

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A new performance-based teacher evaluation system and reduced sick leave are the key issues preventing the Hawaii State Teachers Association from agreeing to a new contract with the state, union leaders and educators said.

HSTA President Wil Okabe said Tuesday that the state didn't give the union sufficient time to work through the concerns it has with the latest contract proposal and communicate them with members, mirroring what happened in January.

But unlike in January when HSTA rushed a tentative contract agreement to its members — only to have them reject it because they didn't understand its contents — Okabe said the union is not going to be bullied into bringing a new settlement proposal to teachers.

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