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Union files grievance over Honokaa teaching assignments

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The union representing Hawaii's public school teachers has filed a grievance over teaching assignments at a Big Island school.

Hilo newspaper Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Friday the union alleges teachers at Honokaa High and Intermediate School have been assigned to classes they're not qualified for.

Hawaii State Teachers Association President Wil Okabe says the union will send representatives to the school next week to investigate.

He says he's concerned certified teachers are being asked to teach classes outside the scope of their certifications.

Principal Marcella McClelland says she can't discuss details because of collective bargaining agreements. But she says some teachers have been asked to teach subjects outside their certifications because of vacancies.

A spokesman for the state Department of Education declined to comment, citing personnel issues.

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