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Hawaii Lawmakers Propose Legislation to Create Housing Vouchers for Teachers

By The Associated Press — February 26, 2019 1 min read

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.

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