Teachers' Union: Hawaii Gov. Blocking Furlough Deal
Hawaii's teacher labor union said Tuesday there's not much of a chance of partially restoring the state's shortest-in-the-nation school year without Gov. Linda Lingle's support.
Hawaii State Teachers Association President Wil Okabe said the Republican governor's "all or nothing approach" to regaining 10 furlough days this year and 17 next year is hindering efforts to return the state's 171,000 students to class.
"The governor's pattern of unilateralism — from insisting on an all or nothing approach that compromises student safety and teachers' ability to effectively teach, to walking out on discussions, and yesterday's decision to summarily shoot down a viable solution to eliminate furlough Fridays — is a cruel blow to students, teachers and their families," Okabe...
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