Recently, as a trusted teacher/state employee in my second grade classroom, I had to have Child Protective Services contacted, created another behavior contract for an impulsive student, continued a science lesson on matter and electricity, motivated the well-below diverse reading group, taught three-digit subtraction, created a class book with our stories for all to read and share and supervised recess for 300-plus students.
And that's not the half of the details I problem-solved today. Please urge Gov. Neil Abercrombie and his Board of Education to work as hard as families do and settle the public educators' teacher's contract fairly and promptly!
Hawai'i is in desperate need of appropriate and supportive leadership. If we are by law required to advocate for our students and their well-being and education, what makes anyone think teachers shouldn't work toward a fair, decent and reasonable professional contract? Please help the state's professional educators.