Thousands of public school teachers will get pay increases of $7,000 to $26,000 per year, which is helping to keep some instructors from leaving the profession. Nevertheless, the Hawaii State Teachers' Association anticipates a severe shortage of educators this academic year.
As the new school year begins on Hawaii Island, there will be less materials available for some of the children. According to the Salvation Army Kona Corps, a number of contributions worth thousands of dollars had been taken.
Hawaii: Teacher Salaries Aren’t Keeping Up With Inflation, Most Need A Second Or Even A Third Job In Order To Survive
A significant number of people living in Hawaii need a second or even a third job to make ends meet. Teachers make up a significant portion of that group.
But in 2020, Hawaii's salary raise was a game changer. According to district statistics, nearly a third of the state's special education posts were unfilled in October 2019 or occupied by instructors without the necessary credentials. By the end of October 2021, that percentage had been reduced to roughly 15%.
Students at Hawaii's public schools may soon be able to get free menstrual products.