Teacher pay proposal approved

Christina Kishimoto, Superintendent of the Hawaii State Department of Education. (PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA/ Star-Advertiser)

The Department of Education named CC Chung, of Kaimiloa Elementary as the 2020 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year at Washington Place in October. Superintendent Christina Kishimoto, Governor David Ige and first lady, Dawn Amano attended the event. Now, a proposal to improve teacher pay just passed. (PHOTO BY Craig T. Kojima/ Star-Advertiser)

HILO — The state Board of Education on Thursday approved a proposal to address Hawaii’s continuing teacher shortage by increasing pay for classroom teachers in areas that have faced the most severe staff shortages.