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Calls to support schools

Maui High School and Maui Waena Intermediate School teachers wave signs along Lono Avenue in Kahului on Tuesday morning in support of a constitutional amendment on taxation on the Nov. 6 ballot that would allow the state Legislature to place a surcharge on investment properties to support public education. “We’re frustrated over the lack of funding for our schools,” said Maui Waena teacher Lisa Morrison (second from left). Morrison called for smaller class sizes, comfortable classrooms and qualified teachers, saying some Maui kindergarten teachers have classes of more than 25 students and high school classes often exceed 30. Maui Waena teacher John Fitzpatrick (right) pointed to the need for more qualified teachers, including special education teachers. “Our schools are largely underfunded,” he said.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo