2018 Education Funding Ballot Measure

The lack of reliable and adequate funding to best serve our keiki and to attract and retain great teachers is hurting our children and their opportunities for the future. Finally, after a three-year effort, HSTA’s initiative SD 2922 to support permanent funding for...

March Newsletter-

Dear Parents for Public Schools of Hawaii Members, In the wake of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students across the nation have launched a movement for school safety. Local groups are speaking out to control assault/military...

SB 2922

February 27, 2018   Senate Committee on Judiciary                                                                                                                          Sen. Brian Taniguchi, Chair                                          Sen. Karl Rhoads, Vice...

HB 2117

February 11, 2018 House Committee on Education Rep. Justin H. Woodson, Chair Rep. Sam Satoru Kong, Vice Chair Re: HB 2117 – Relating to Standardized Testing Hearing: Monday, February 12, 2018, 2:10 pm, Room 309 Dear Chair Woodson, Vice Chair Kong and Committee...

Education Funding Bills failing to pass in 2017

The bills, SB683 and SB686, to create an additional source of revenue for Hawaii Public Schools failed to pass this legislative session. HSTA actively spoke and met with committees to promote these bills.  PPS Hawai‘i testified in support of the need for increased...

Capital Improvement Projects Approved

New construction funds for public schools were approved for the Department of Education to build a new East Kapolei Middle School, a new classroom building at Campbell High School on Oahu, and to complete classroom spaces in a new High School in Kihei, Maui, and to...

School Lunch Program

SB423 passed. Schools will not be able to deny a student a meal for failure to pay while the student’s application for free or reduced lunch is being processed or 7 days after the student’s meal fund account balance is zero or negative.

Public Preschool

The approved state budget includes funding for five new preschool classrooms in the 2018-2019 school year and 60 permanent positions for special education preschool teachers and educational assistants. HB936 passed making appropriations for the Executive Office of...
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