HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thirteen thousand public school teachers made a vote today that could make a $92 million difference. Hawaii State Teachers Association members voted in favor of restoring full school year for students and reducing teacher furlough days in the 2009 - 2010 and 2010- 2011 school year.
84.5 percent of the vote went in favor of the agreement.
The agreement states to fully restore remaining student days in the current and 2010 - 2011 school year. It also provides the state to appropriate approximately $24.5 million to eliminate 4 furlough days this school year.
Lawmakers are waiting to set aside any money until the teachers sign off.
However, the governor still plans to withhold funding until lawmakers approve plans to let voters decided whether the governor should get to appoint the school's superintendent.
We'll have an update on the vote tonight on Hawaii News Now.
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