Hawaii State Teachers Association

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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.
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New Union Leaders Face Challenge Uniting Teachers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Union Leaders Face Challenge Uniting Teachers

Challengers swept the Hawaii State Teachers Association election, but must now work to heal divisions created during the weeks-long voting process.
Teachers Union Candidates Say They’ll Go To Court Over Election Results Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Teachers Union Candidates Say They’ll Go To Court Over Election Results

Three dissident candidates say they swept the election for board leadership and union officials need to honor the vote.
Hawaii Teachers Deserve Better From Their Leadership HSTA

Hawaii Teachers Deserve Better From Their Leadership

The teachers union's dodgy explanations for throwing out two rounds of officer elections voting has put HSTA's credibility on the line.  
Runoff Delays Release of Teachers Union Election Results

Runoff Delays Release of Teachers Union Election Results

The current leaders of the Hawaii State Teachers Association are facing strong challenges.
Where Did HSTA Stand on Resolutions to Increase Teacher Pay? Meliha Gojak/iStock

Where Did HSTA Stand on Resolutions to Increase Teacher Pay?

UPDATED: The union offered comment but not outright support. Some educators think the proposals would have helped.
Hawaii Monitor: Order Blocks Enforcement of Ban on Teachers’ Flyers Meliha Gojak/iStock

Hawaii Monitor: Order Blocks Enforcement of Ban on Teachers’ Flyers

Teachers can continue to put campaign flyers in school mailboxes, at least for now.
Teachers Union Axed Preschool Ballot Campaign to Avoid Breaking Hawaii Law Alia Wong/Civil Beat

Teachers Union Axed Preschool Ballot Campaign to Avoid Breaking Hawaii Law

The HSTA instead formed a separate "ballot issue committee" to campaign against a proposed constitutional amendment.
Instructors Ask if Hawaii’s New Teacher Evaluation System Fails Students

Instructors Ask if Hawaii’s New Teacher Evaluation System Fails Students

The system being tested out at all public schools this year will affect most teachers' pay starting in 2015-2016.
Making Waves: Corey Rosenlee Is Shaking Up Hawaii Education

Making Waves: Corey Rosenlee Is Shaking Up Hawaii Education

A grassroots movement wants better teacher wages and classrooms from the state — in the name of the keiki.
Gov: Teachers Union Leaders Holding Up New Contract Agreement

Gov: Teachers Union Leaders Holding Up New Contract Agreement

Abercrombie says another imposed teacher contract may happen.
Hawaii Teachers Union Asks Lawmakers To Force Labor Board’s Hand

Hawaii Teachers Union Asks Lawmakers To Force Labor Board’s Hand

HSTA pushes bill requiring a labor board decision within 30 days of last hearing.
State Rejects Hawaii Teachers Union’s ‘Billion-Dollar’ Contract Offer

State Rejects Hawaii Teachers Union’s ‘Billion-Dollar’ Contract Offer

School board member calls the proposal disappointing and too costly. Talks to resume next week.