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Ratification Vote Today for Hawai‘i Public School Teachers

April 27, 2017, 8:01 AM HST
* Updated April 27, 8:09 AM
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King Kekaulike HS teachers. 3.7.17. PC: Tammy Yvonne

Hawaiʻi’s public school teachers will weigh in today on whether or not to approve a tentative agreement for a four year contract.  A ratification vote is planned after school at 30 polling sites across the state.

It requires a 50% plus one vote to pass.  If passed, the vote would allow the state legislature to fund the settlement ahead of tomorrow’s fiscal deadline.

Under the proposal, public school teachers in Hawaiʻi would see a compounded salary increase of 13.6% over the next four years.  The state would also increase its share of health insurance premiums and streamline evaluations for most tenured teachers during the next two years.

HSTA leaders say they are hopeful that the 13,500-member organization will ratify the agreement.

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