Hawaii Pays for Performance Pay

Members of the Hawaii State Teachers Association overwhelmingly approved a four-year contract that creates a new teacher evaluation system, half of which will be based on student growth.

It didn’t come cheaply. The agreement restores a five percent pay cut from 2009, and teachers will receive a 3.2 percent salary increase each of the next three years. There’s a salary re-opener clause for 2014, and the state will go back to paying 60 percent of health insurance premiums. All told, the contract is estimated to cost $330 million.

The new performance evaluations won’t go into effect for all teachers until July 2015.