Public teacher protests may be in violation of contract

Published On: Dec 04 2012 03:33:00 PM HST

Teachers and students lined King Street in front of the school and in front of Kamehameha Homes.


Public teacher protests growing across the state may be in violation of their contract after all.

Last month, teachers at Campbell High School began what's called the "Work To The Rules" campaign.

The idea:  teachers work 8 a.m. through 3 p.m., as they say is stated in their contract, then protest before and after those hours potentially affecting extracurricular activities.

Dozens of schools statewide participated in the last protest on Nov. 29.

The Department of Education now says the language in the current contract, in some cases, requires teachers to fulfill assigned duties such as coaching or A-Plus programs.

"The contract has more than just hours in it," said DOE board member Jim Williams.  "It recognizes that teachers are professional and there are some professional requirements in the contract that are related to school-related activities and lesson planning preparations and those are all part of the contract, so work to the contract means more than just work to the hours."

The DOE says it has been getting some anonymous calls from teachers saying they're being pressured to make signs, t-shirts and participate in the "Work To The Rules" protests.

Williams says extracurricular activities are being considered as part of the current contract negotiations.

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