Two proposed bills are intended to create a housing-voucher program for full-time teachers employed by the Hawaii education department or at public charter schools.
The program would provide vouchers to full-time teachers who teach in “hard to fill” schools and whose household income does not exceed 80 percent of the area median income. The vouchers would not exceed $500 per month.
An education department spokeswoman said such a program could be a helpful recruitment and retention tool.
A third bill would allow a state income tax credit up to $500 for P-12 teachers and other school officials employed at least 900 hours a school year to help offset personal expenditures.