Last week, members of the Hawai'i State Teachers Association (HSTA) voted to ratify a new four-year contract, stated an HSTA press release. After more than two years working without a contract, 95 percent of teachers statewide voted in favor of the tentative agreement presented by the state and the HSTA on March 24. Seventy percent of HSTA members participated in the vote. The new contract will take effect July 1, 2013 in time for the next school year. Hawaii's public school teachers will see the equivalent of a 3 percent pay increase above the restored 5 percent cut in July 2012. In subsequent years, teachers will see increases of 3 percent and 3.2 percent; health insurance premium percentages will also be restored.