Sunday, May 26, 2019
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
HSTA Evaluates Legislative Session
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 300 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Legislative session brings some good news for educators

Teachers will no longer front HTSB fees; Lawmakers approve huge schools construction budget increase

News Release from HSTA, May 7, 2019

Throughout the 2019 legislative session, HSTA’s Lobbying Team passionately advocated for bills that aligned with the Government Relations Committee priorities as defined by our members and approved by our Board of Directors. We are pleased that some of our priority bills passed both the House and Senate and now await Gov. David Ige’s signature.

New teachers will no longer front HTSB fees

For example, lawmakers passed HB 1070, which will allow general fund monies to fund the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) instead of using licensing fees paid by teachers. According to HTSB, this change means tenured and probationary teachers will no longer have to pay their own licensure fees. Stay tuned for details from HTSB and HIDOE if the governor signs this bill into law. Since this is currently a negotiated benefit, HSTA will need to be involved in the implementation of this law.

Massive boost in school construction, Title IX equity projects

The HSTA has constantly advocated for improvements to school facilities and lawmakers have responded with more than a 26 percent increase in capital improvement projects over the next two years, compared to this biennium. In fiscal years 2020 and 2021, the DOE will receive nearly $160 million more or $559 million for repairs and maintenance, health and safety projects as well as new classrooms and facilities. Among the highlights: nearly $40 million in Title IX equity projects, including adding or improving girls’ locker rooms at 10 high schools.

More tuition stipends for aspiring teachers; Preschool expansion

The Senate negotiated to add $600,000 to HB 1070 for initiatives such as the Grow Our Own Teachers program, which provides stipends to cover the cost of tuition and fees for emergency hires, substitute teachers, or educational assistants seeking teacher certification and licensure. 

Funding appropriations were also inserted into SB 78 to expand public preschool by adding 10 new classrooms and by funding 18 existing charter school classrooms previously funded through a federal grant. SB 78 also includes a $1.8 million appropriation for applied behavior analysis services for students with special needs and a $1.5 million appropriation for early college programs for high school students.

New youth suicide intervention program, school protocols and training

Also awaiting the governor’s signature are two bills to start a youth suicide intervention and prevention program. SB 383 will establish a model risk referral protocol for schools and a training program based on the Department of Health’s existing suicide awareness and prevention curriculum while HB 330 will appropriate $150,000 to the Department of Health to support this initiative. 

School funding proposal, teacher housing voucher programs didn't survive

The session was much less fruitful than we had hoped, partly because the state needed to fund necessary disaster relief for Kauai and Hawaii, plus implementation of a new zero-based budgeting system at the legislature.

While several priority bills such as SB1474 to increase funding for public education, SB 392 to provide special education teachers funding for supplies, and SB 12, SB114, and SB 387 to provide teacher housing solutions passed successfully through the Senate, those proposals failed to receive a final hearing in their House committees. 

Other priority bills looked promising after passing through both chambers of the legislature. However, they did not pass conference committees because they were either not scheduled for a hearing or because the committee, composed of both House and Senate members, could not agree on the bills’ final versions.  HB 615 would have put a non-voting teacher on the Board of Education, but the measure was never scheduled for a conference committee hearing. Conversely, SB 983 to expand National Board Certification incentives was heard in conference committee, but lawmakers could not reach agreement on the bill’s final language, so it died.  

Although the 2019 legislative session is over, any bill introduced this session is technically still alive next session. Thus we will continue to advocate for these proposals as well as any new bills that align with HSTA’s government relations priorities next year. See below for a breakdown of priority bills that either passed or made it through at least one chamber of the legislature in 2019:

Priority bills passed and awaiting the governor's signature:

  • HB 1070 - HTSB funding from general funds 
  • SB 1195 - Bargaining Unit 5 cost items appropriations
  • SB 1221 - Begins HTSB reporting requirements on emergency hires
  • SB 383 - Youth suicide prevention awareness and training for schools
  • HB 330 - Youth suicide prevention training $150,000 appropriation
  • HB 250 - Continues and expands school-based health services
  • SB 78 -  Funds 10 new preschool classrooms and 18 existing charter school preschool classrooms 

Priority bills that died this session (but will be alive next legislative session in 2020):

  • SB 1474 - Increases GET by 0.5 percent for public education funding
  • SB 392 - Instructional resources/supplies of $1,690/year for SPED teachers
  • HB 1530 - Funding appropriation for mentor teacher incentives
  • SB 114 and SB 12 - Creates housing voucher program of $500 a month for teachers at hard-to-fill schools
  • SB 387 - Enables HHFDC to develop/manage affordable teacher rental housing 
  • SB 1515 - Expands after school programs
  • SB 983 - Expands National Board Certification incentives
  • HB 615 - Appoints non-voting teacher member on the BOE 
  • SB 762 - Creates agriculture coordinator position to support public school agriculture education  
Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

808 State Update AM940

ABCDEFG Blog

ACA Signups Hawaii

ACCE

Affordable Hawaii Coalition

ALEC

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Conservative Alliance

Aloha Life Advocates

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Mothers of Hawaii

AMVETS-Hawaii

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Audit The Rail

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii 

Blaisdell Memorial Project

Broken Trust

CAFR Hawaii

Castaway Conservative

Children's Alliance Hawaii

Children's Rights Institute

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Citizens for Recall

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

Conservative Forum for Hawaii

CSIS Pacific Forum

DAR Hawaii

DeedySupport.com

DVids Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

E Māua Ola i Moku o Keawe

Farmers For Choice Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Get Off Your Butts!

God, Freedom, America

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aganst Assisted Suicide

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crime Victims' Rights

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defending Marriage

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Families for Educational Choice

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Firearm Community

Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii Meth Project

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Right to Life -- Big Island

Hawaii Right to Life -- Oahu

Hawaii Shield Law Coalition

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

Heritage Foundation

HI Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

HIEC.Coop 

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Homeless Crisis

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

Horns of Jericho Blog

House Minority Blog

House Republican Caucus YouTube

HPACC

Hump Day Report

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

Judgepedia Hawaii

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

KeyWiki

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii

NARTH

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons 

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Salvage The Rail

Save the Plastic Bag

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

SIFE Remington

SIFE W. Oahu 

Sink the Jones Act

Smart About Marijuana--Hawaii

St Marianne Cope

State Budget Solutions Hawaii

State Policy Network

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Harriet Tubman Agenda

The Long War Journal

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Truth About Trade & Technology - Hawaii

UCC Truths

Union Members Know Your Rights

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

Valor in the Pacific

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT