Ige Wants Pay Hikes to Recruit and Retain Teachers

HONOLULU, OAHU (Ben Caxton) — Governor David Ige has scheduled a public announcement tomorrow to express his support for a plan to increase pay as a way to help recruit and retain teachers in special education, rural schools, and Hawaiian language immersion. The announcement is timed to coincide with a Thursday meeting os the state’s Board of Education which would review any proposed pay increases. The education department is seeking an annual $10,000 increase for qualified teachers. The estimated cost for 1,691 special education teachers in fiscal year 2020 is $8.4 million, with the estimate rising to $16.9 million for fiscal year 2021.

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