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Hawaii substitute teachers must wait for back pay

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HONOLULU (AP) - The attorney general's office says the state won't be able to pay 9,000 people back pay for their work as substitute teachers until next March.

The teachers are owed the money as the result of a 2005 Circuit Court ruling saying the state underpaid Hawaii substitute teachers millions of dollars from 2000 to 2005.

The ruling said a 1996 law required the Education Department to pay substitute teachers the same daily rate as "class II teachers."

The attorney general's office said in a statement Monday the court won't finalize a settlement agreement between the parties until Dec. 16 or later.

Only then will the state be able to begin what the attorney general's office called the "massive undertaking" of calculating taxes and benefits, preparing W-2 forms and issuing the paychecks.

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