HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With a looming teacher's contract set to expire next Thursday, negotiations between the Hawaii State Teachers Association and the state seem to have hit a snag.
In separate statements released by Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the Department of Education, they lay out a plan for a five percent wage reduction, 50-50 employer-employee contribution for health benefits and increased prep time for teachers.
However, in a letter sent out to members from HSTA President Wil Okabe, he calls the proposal a "B-minus."
Okabe tells teachers the union will explore all legal avenues in negotiations.
However, time is running short as the upcoming school year is just weeks away.
Click HERE to view a video statement from DOE Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.