Students at rural or lower-income schools are less likely to be taught by experienced, fully qualified teachers than elsewhere, DOE data shows.
The school defies Hawaii’s revolving door of teachers at many isolated schools, with the vast majority staying more than five years.
DOE is partnering with a developer to help educators with down payments, but other states are going much further by building teacher housing.
The diversity of Hawaii’s public schools student population isn’t matched by the makeup of the state’s teachers.
As the number of new teachers coming out of local colleges declines, the state Department of Education hopes “teacher academies” and other strategies will ignite new interest in the profession.
During a series of DOE “listening sessions,” many teachers drew a connection between salaries and classroom conditions and Hawaii’s teacher shortage.
A recent study found Hawaii teacher salaries don’t go as far when compared to other school districts in high-price areas.