Monday, June 24, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Monday, December 28, 2009
Lingle: HSTA/DoE furlough plan "not credible"
By News Release @ 11:39 PM :: 8361 Views :: Energy, Environment

HSTA PLAN DOESN’T MEET CRITERIA TO RESTORE CLASSROOM TIME

HONOLULU – The agreement between the Hawai‘i Teachers Association (HSTA) and the Department of Education and Board of Education described by the media is not a viable solution to restore 27 days of classroom time to Hawai‘i’s school children.  

On November 15 Governor Linda Lingle proposed a comprehensive solution that would have assured that children would be in the classroom for the balance of the next year-and-a-half.

Today’s proposal being floated in the media would use more than two-thirds of the $50 million offered by the Governor and would only restore five days of instruction. 

“This arrangement is not a credible plan, it is not fiscally responsible and it is not sustainable,” Governor Lingle stated. 

This proposal comes out after more than a month after the Governor made her proposal.  The short-sighted offer comes after the Council on Revenues’ recently lowered revenue estimates for the coming year projecting a worse economic outlook than when Governor Lingle made her very fair and common-sense offer to the teachers union.  The proposal completely ignores the state’s worsening economic outlook. 

The Governor’s original plan called for teachers to do their part by returning to classes for 15 days.  Under the HSTA’s proposal, teachers would give up only two days – January 4 and May 21.  The proposed plan also calls for the school year to be shortened by three days, defeating the intent of giving Hawai‘i’s children more instructional time.

“We cannot agree to a plan that does not solve the furlough situation and that shortens the school calendar at the expense of children and their families,” Governor added.

To date, the HSTA, the DOE and BOE have not shared details of the proposed plan with the Administration nor have they returned phone calls since last Wednesday.

Governor Lingle noted that her senior staff remains available to discuss the details of her affordable, comprehensive plan with members of the HTSA, the DOE, the BOE, parents and community groups. 

####

 

SB: Plan to end furloughs rejected

SB: Lingle rejects plan to reduce Furlough Fridays

Okabe says $35 million from the state's rainy-day fund will be used to restore five furlough days, and teachers will give up two planning days.

 

ADV: Hawaii governor rejects furlough deal

ADV: Lingle nixes agreement to restore 7 of 10 furlough days this school year

Under the agreement, $35 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund will restore five furlough days, teachers will give up two planning days (January 4 and May 21) and ends the school year three days early....(HSTA Pres Okabe) said more talks may be necessary to deal with next year's furlough days.

RELATED: Furlough settlement: HSTA-DoE to submit new ransom demands to Legislature

Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii