Hawaii Gov: Teachers' union proposal irresponsible

Published: Mar. 19, 2012 at 9:26 PM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie says the latest contract proposal by the union representing Hawaii public school teachers is "fiscally irresponsible and devoid of reasonable policy regarding standards and performance."

The governor said in a statement Monday the administration's priority is to engage in collective bargaining negotiations that are financially sound and that advance student achievement and support for teachers in the classroom.

The Hawaii State Teachers Association in January rejected an administration proposal that would have paved the way for making progress on promised reforms but would have included an evaluation system teachers weren't comfortable with.

The union submitted a new proposal on Feb. 28.

Abercrombie says the administration's focus is on reforms that "ensure better learning in the classroom for all students."

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