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Ethan Porter

Hawaii Teacher: Stalled Contract Talks Are Prompting Whispers Of A Strike Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: Stalled Contract Talks Are Prompting Whispers Of A Strike

The current teacher contract negotiations invoke memories of 2001, the last time teachers went on strike.

 

Hawaii Teacher: We’re Getting What We Asked For From HSTA Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: We’re Getting What We Asked For From HSTA

The unprecedented move of releasing the union’s negotiating positions — and the state’s pay offer — brings a new level of transparency.

Hawaii Teacher: Strategic Plan Has Its Moments, But It’s Premature Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: Strategic Plan Has Its Moments, But It’s Premature

State Board of Education members moved too fast in approving a crucial plan for running public schools in the islands.

Hawaii Teacher: Election Shocked Them In The Classroom, Too Ethan Porter

Hawaii Teacher: Election Shocked Them In The Classroom, Too

Like the rest of the country, students and educators didn’t see a Trump victory coming. What changes are coming to schools nationwide?

Hawaii Teacher: Why Teachers Won’t Miss Kathryn Matayoshi Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: Why Teachers Won’t Miss Kathryn Matayoshi

A new superintendent needs to be much more proactive and transparent in supporting teachers.

Hawaii Teacher: We Can Fix Schools Without Gazing Beyond The Islands Kevin Oliver/Flickr.com

Hawaii Teacher: We Can Fix Schools Without Gazing Beyond The Islands

Sure, Finland has a great education system. But this isn’t Finland. It’s time to figure this out for ourselves.

Hawaii Teacher: New Moms In Our Schools Deserve Maternity Leave Cory Lum / Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: New Moms In Our Schools Deserve Maternity Leave

The state doesn't offer paid maternity leave for teachers, and the union isn't pushing to get it into our next labor contract.
Hawaii Teacher: My Students Scoff At Promises Of Air Conditioning Alia Wong/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: My Students Scoff At Promises Of Air Conditioning

After nine years in sweltering classrooms, students are understandably cynical about all the talk of heat relief.
Hawaii Teacher: Local Politics Are A Mystery To My Students Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teacher: Local Politics Are A Mystery To My Students

Forget Clinton and Trump. Young people care about issues closer to home. Now I have to teach them about local leaders.