Teachers union backing Abercrombie for governor

Neil Abercrombie
Neil Abercrombie

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - No furloughs for teachers. That campaign promise came from Neil Abercrombie Monday as the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) endorsed him for governor. The leading gubernatorial candidates answered questionnaires and were interviewed about issues such as No Child Left Behind and funding for schools.

The HSTA says based on this process, Abercrombie is their choice.

"After carefully comparing the candidates, HSTA is wholeheartedly and competently recommending Neil Abercrombie for Hawaii's next governor… he understands the strain that No Child Left Behind is creating and therefore supports dramatically reforming it" said HSTA president Wil Okabe>

"He will fight to free Hawaii's public schools from inflexible and counterproductive federal rules that sets schools up to fail."
Abercrombie said the endorsement means a lot to him because his mother, his brother and his wife are teachers. The HSTA represents more than 13,000 public school teachers in Hawaii.

Abercrombie will face former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in the September 18 Democratic primary. The winner is expected to go up against Republican Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona in the November 2 general election.

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