Gov. Neil Abercrombie responded to this evening's announcement by the Hawaii State Teachers Association that its membership has voted to ratify the contract agreement reached between the state and teachers union on March 24.
Gov. Abercrombie stated:
"The teachers' ratification of this contract is a positive milestone for public education in Hawaii. We can now move forward as partners in transforming education for the benefit of our students and the entire state.
"On behalf of my administration, the Department of Education, and the Board of Education, we extend our sincere appreciation to Hawaii's teachers for their dedication, sacrifices and professionalism in the classroom."