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DOE seeks input on teacher compensation Wednesday

The Maui News

Two meetings to discuss changes to the teacher compensation system, staged by the state Department of Education, will be held on Maui from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Baldwin Auditorium.

The department is gathering feedback at these listening sessions to refine and potentially recommend changes to the teacher compensation system. The sessions and subsequent analysis will be conducted by Augenblick, Palaich and Associates, a third-party consultant, to ensure objectivity, the DOE news release said.

The department anticipates sharing a summary of the results from the meetings with the Board of Education, the Hawaii State Teachers Association and legislators “to consider the possible strategic options,” said department spokesman Drew Henmi on Wednesday.

He noted that the next round of contract talks with the HSTA is expected to begin July 31. The current contract with teachers is up June 30, 2021.

“Behind every student’s successes are dedicated educators who innovate, collaborate and challenge our students to exceed expectations,” said state schools Superintendent Chris-tina Kishimoto. “It is critical that our compensation system supports our ability to attract and retain the highest level of talent. Our community’s feedback is an important part of ensuring that any necessary refinements are done right.”

The meetings are open to the public. The department is seeking input from community members and officials in the public school system, including school leaders, teachers, instructional staff, central office administrators and students.

The format for the meetings involves a short introduction followed by attendees giving feedback on how the state’s teacher compensation system should be updated, if needed, to best address the needs of students, educators, schools and districts, the news release said.

For those unable to attend the meeting, an online survey will be open from Monday through Oct. 6 to gather feedback. To take the survey, go to bit.ly/2mgVFx7.