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Hawaii teachers union releases voter turnout

HONOLULU (AP) - The union representing Hawaii's public school teachers says a little more than half its members opted to participate in last month's vote to approve a contract agreement.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association announced over the weekend that 6,819 of its roughly 13,000 members voted in online and telephone voting to ratify the agreement. They approved the contract 66% to 34% during voting May 17 to 22.

It's the same contract the union previously rejected. Gov. Neil Abercrombie warned before voting started that the contract is no longer valid and would need to be updated.

A contract is crucial to the state keeping a $75 million federal grant for education reforms.

On the union's Facebook page, some teachers had been calling for the turnout results to be released.

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