Governor Neil Abercrombie announced today the State of Hawai'i has responded to the proposal by Hawai'i State Teachers Association (HSTA) with a settlement offer. The State's offer is not in agreement with the latest HSTA proposal.
Governor Abercrombie issued the following statement.
"The HSTA proposal is fiscally irresponsible and devoid of reasonable policy regarding standards and performance. It is a priority of this Administration to engage in collective bargaining that is financially sound and advances student achievement and support for teachers in the classroom.
"We have made a settlement offer to HSTA that reflects the pilot performance-based evaluation system which includes student outcomes. This system, as proposed, incorporates protocols that prevent arbitrary personnel consequences. This offer also includes improving the probation and evaluation system for teachers that will be hired in the future."
"Our focus remains making an education transformation that is necessary to ensure better learning in the classroom for all students."
"We look forward to HSTA accepting this settlement offer."