State roundup for December 7
Teachers, state resume talks
LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — The Hawaii State Teachers Association and the state have resumed contract negotiations.
The president of the Hawaii State Teachers Association on Wednesday responded to the state’s position that teacher protests across the state may be in violation of their contract.
The 13,500-member association has taken a “work to rule” position in the ongoing negotiations. Work to rule means that the teachers will work only within their required hours.
But the state Department of Education maintains that the current contract, in some cases, requires teachers to fulfill assigned duties that fall outside of contracted hours.
Association President Wil Okabe says teachers have a right to free speech and the right to organize.
Public school teachers have been without a contract for more than a year.
Gov. to deliver address to grads
HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. Neil Abercrombie is scheduled to deliver the commencement address at the winter graduation ceremony at Hawaii Pacific University.
The university says about 480 students will take part in the ceremony, scheduled for Dec. 18, at the Neal Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. The students are among a graduating class of about 720.
Altogether, nearly 1,700 students will have graduated from the private university this year.
Young Marines salute the fallen
HONOLULU (AP) — Several dozen boys and girls from across the country are visiting Hawaii for this year’s remembrance of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The 68 are members of the Young Marines, a national nonprofit education and service program.
Six of them laid a wreath at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on Thursday.
The other members of the group watched and saluted during the playing of taps. They’ll lead the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Waikiki today.
The Young Marines are visiting Hawaii along with 22 adult volunteers. They come from 11 states.
The Young Marines organization was founded in 1959. It teaches leadership, teamwork and self-discipline.
Boys and girls may be members from age eight through their graduation from high school.
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