‘Badly in need’: Hawaii teachers stage ‘walk-in' to raise awareness about funding for education

The demonstration was part of the national ‘Red for Ed’ movement.

Hawaii teachers rally to raise awareness of poor funding in public schools

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Across the state Tuesday, scores of Hawaii teachers participated in a walk-in protest as part of a national movement to raise awareness about the lack of funding in public schools.

Hundreds of teachers across the state participated in a demonstration Tuesday aimed at raising concerns about school funding.
Hundreds of teachers across the state participated in a demonstration Tuesday aimed at raising concerns about school funding. (Source: BCEDIT)

The Hawaii State Teachers Association said educators are frustrated ― not just with a shortage of resources in the classroom but by the fact a national analysis just ranked Hawaii as the worst in state in the country for teachers.

McKinley High School social studies teacher Shaun Kamida said he holds a second job to fund his classroom and provide students with classroom supplies like notebooks, folder paper, and writing utensils.

Kamida also funds after-school activities and clubs that he leads out of his own pocket.

“Our classrooms are badly in need of a lot of supplies and to retain also the teachers here in Hawaii for a quality public education,” Kamida said.

The protests began one hour before the school bell. Fifteen minutes before the bell, the protesters “walked in” to their schools together in solidarity.

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