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Critical Hearing to Eliminate Tenure

CRITICAL HEARING TO ELIMINATE TENURE 

In a joint hearing at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, in Conference Room 309 at the State Capitol, members of the House Committee on Education and the Committee on Labor and Public Employment will be considering H.B. 1668 that proposes to eliminate tenure for Bargaining Units 5 and 6.  Tenure protects academic freedom for public K-12 teachers and post-secondary educators.  Although this bill applies to DOE teachers and principals, the idea that the Legislature would eliminate tenure is a “threat to the very core principle” of the University.   Click on HB 1668 to view bill. 

It is critical that you send testimony opposing H.B. 1668.  You may do this online by going to:  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1668 and note “Submit Testimony” in the box located at the top right side of the page.  Your testimony does not need to be long.  What is counted are the number of discrete submissions. 

If you wish to contact members of the committees personally, their emails are noted below: 

House Committee on Education

Roy Takumi, Chair, reptakumi@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Della Au Belatti, Vice Chair, repbelatti@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Henry Aquino, repaquino@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Karen Awana, repawana@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Jerry Chang, repchang@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Faye Hanohanao, rephanohano@Capitol.hawaii.gov

John Mizuno, repmizuno@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Mark Nakashima, repnakashima@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Scott Nishimoto, repnishimoto@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Tom Okamura, repokamura@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Scott Saiki, repsaiki@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Mark Takai, reptakai@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Jessica Wooley, repwooley@Capitol.hawaii.gov

George Fontaine, repfontaine@Capitol.hawaii.gov  (R)

Aaron Johanson, repjohanson@Capitol.hawaii.gov  (R) 

House Committee on Labor & Public Employment

Karl Rhoads, Chair, reprhoads@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Kyle Yamashita, Vice Chair, repyamashita@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Henry Aquino, repaquino@Capitol.hawaii.gov (also on Education)

Ty Cullen, repcullen@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Linda Ichiyama, repichiyama@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Marilyn Lee, replee@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Sylvia Luke, repluke@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Tom Okamura, repokamura@Capitol.hawaii.gov (also on Education)

Scott Saiki, repsaiki@Capitol.hawaii.gov (also on Education)

Joseph Souki, repsouki@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Roy Takumi, reptakumi@Capitol.hawaii.gov

George Fontaine, repfontaine@Capitol.hawaii.gov  (R) (also on Education)

Aaron Johanson, repjohanson@Capitol.hawaii.gov (R) (also on Education)