February 26th, 2020, the Hawai‘i Scholars for Education and Social Justice (HSESJ) released the first of its kind research brief to comprehensively review the effects of teacher compensation on educational equity.

Click here for Highlights of the Research Brief (2 pages)
Click here for the Research Brief (16 pages)

  • The report highlights important findings that the teacher shortage disproportionately affects students in Hawai‘i who live on the Wai‘anae Coast and in neighbor island areas where there are large numbers of students of Hawaiian, Filipino and Pacific Islander ancestry.
  • The report focuses on how greater support for local teacher recruitment; financial assistance for teacher candidates in comprehensive, university-based training; and incentives that retain Hawaiʻi’s public school teachers can lead to greater equity.
  • Hundreds of high school students want to be teachers and 1,200 college students are currently enrolled in teacher education; however, many financial barriers prevent them from graduating and taking a teaching job.
  • The report was based on the findings of 41 journal articles, three books, two dissertations and 35 other reports.
  • HSESJ is a volunteer group of researchers who conduct, review and disseminate research related to education and social justice in Hawaiʻi. Six of the scholars–from University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, Leeward and Windward Community Colleges–wrote the latest research brief. Visit the HSESJ website.