The Teachers already gave up 8% of their pay. Now you want them to give up more ?? They have already compromised , they dont have to compromise anymore !!In this current fiscal crisis, the teachers have got to be willing to give up something. Planning days? The public school system exists, first and foremost, for the sake of THE KIDS, not to provide career enhancements for the teachers.
Let me tell you this. If the HSTA ever provided actual teacher attendance/participation for the annual state Teacher Institution, the percentage would be embarrassingly low!!! Everyone in the DOE knows how most teachers just take that day off, when it is a PAID WORK DAY.
C'mon teachers. Now that the governor has given in with offering the use of the hurricane rainy day fund, you folks have to be willing to likewise compromise too. Otherwise, you teachers will come out looking like the villains in all this.
The only reason the governor is offering the rainy day fund is because she was shamed into making the offer by the national press and national leaders. She wants to hold a national office one day and she knows she screwed this up pretty badly. Its a token offer and is not even close to what she is asking of the teachers to give up. In this economy they have taken a hit to their pay , their medical insurance costs and to inflation. Their only chance to provide for their families and to put food on their tables and a roof over their heads is to use the furlough days to work and make some money to survive. Lingles offer of 12 days of pay for 27 days of work doesnt even come close.
When Lingle is ready to fully fund education I'm sure the teachers will be more than happy to renegotiate the contract that Lingle agreed to back in September. Otherwise , all she's doing is making a mockery of the educational system of Hawaii and the contract she agreed to , just to save herself from the embarassment of what she has done , and to benefit herself later. All the wrong reasons !!