Substitute teachers win back-pay case

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii substitute teachers will get back pay after the Hawaii Supreme Court declined to take up the state's appeal of their victory in lower courts.

An attorney for the substitutes said Tuesday that back pay for about 10,000 teachers affected by the decision could exceed $30 million.

The case now goes back to Circuit Court, where the state and substitute teachers will work on an agreement on exactly how much substitutes are owed.

Substitute teachers were underpaid from 2000 to 2005, according to rulings by a Circuit Court in 2005 and the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals in 2009.

Attorneys for the teachers have argued that substitute teachers were shorted about $30 per day under the state's payment formula.

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