Teachers approve contract

HONOLULU — Teachers across the state overwhelmingly ratified a new four-year contract Thursday.

“Our goal from the start was to establish a fair and equitable contract that offers professional pay and improves working conditions to attract and retain the best and the brightest into the classrooms to enhance student learning and give our keiki the schools they deserve,” said Corey Rosenlee, HSTA president,.

The contract will take effect July 1, in time for the next school year in August and will raise teachers’ pay by 13.6 percent over four years.

More than 98 percent of the nearly 8,000 HSTA members voted in favor of the new deal.

Teachers will also have a streamlined evaluation process for the next two years while HSTA and the state work to revamp the evaluation system.

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