The Hawaii State Teachers Association is the state chapter for the National Education Association. The union advocates on behalf of teachers and negotiates contracts with the Hawaii State Board of Education on behalf of its 13,000 members.
It was established in 1971 as Hawaii teachers’ official organized representation and claims among its notable accomplishments the development of the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board. The standards board establishes licensing requirements for Hawaii’s public school teachers.
Hawaii has the only statewide school district in the nation and has a student weighted funding formula which allocates budgets according the the number of students enrolled at each school. The HSTA also represents teachers during the months that the legislature is in session. Its members also lobby representatives to sponsor legislation to benefit teachers and students.
HSTA President Corey Rosenlee does most of the speaking on behalf of the union.