Hawaii Public School Teachers Need Better Pay

Hawaii Public School Teachers Need Better Pay

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Giovanni Loia started this petition to Hawaii State Department of Education

Education is a crucial part of creating individual opportunities for our children as well as inspiring innovation within the next generation. It is so important in todays society and can completely change ones life by providing them a path that nothing else could provide them. Our public schools are a big part of this as they help reach a lot of the children who would not be provided with these opportunities elsewhere. One of the most important components of this are our public school teachers. They help to guide students through classroom studies as well as shape the individuals they may become in the future by providing individual personal guidance only they can provide. They have the ability to have such a positive impact on the lives of students, so much so that I would say they are the most important aspect of the public school system.

Despite this however, they are not being paid enough to live comfortably on our beautiful Islands. In fact Hawaii is last in average teacher salary when adjusted for the cost of living. This is the number one factor in why we have a shortage of teachers and why we have the highest Teacher-Turnover rate in the nation (This means that we have the highest percentage of teachers that leave their schools). The idea of teaching in Hawaii is an attractive one on the surface as you have the opportunity to connect with our children while living here in paradise. Many however, realize that given their salaries and the cost of living here, they cannot afford to live comfortably and therefore many leave for teaching jobs elsewhere that allow them to provide better for themselves and their families. My Aunt is an example of this as she taught here for 11 years until she could no longer afford it, and moved to the mainland in search of better opportunities.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association has laid out multiple partial solutions to the problem at HSTA.org/crisis including a better system for teachers pay that rewards teachers in the long run as well as possible affordable housing for teachers. Our teachers need to be accommodated for given their utmost importance and influence on the future of our society! Please share the information on this issue and help to get our teachers the pay that they deserve

Mahalo,

Giovanni Loia

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