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HSTA-R supports active endorsements

August 10, 2010

HSTA-Retirees support Neil for Governor

Some former HSTA presidents such as HSTA’s first president Odetta Fujimori, HSTA-R President Justin Wong, and retired Executive Director, Joan Husted were among those attending today’s press conference at the HSTA Office on Oahu to announce HSTA’s recommended candidate for governor, Neil Abercrombie.

HSTA President Wil Okabe said, “I hope parents and the community will join me, Hawaii’s 13,000 teachers, and thousands of retired teachers in supporting candidates who are friends of education and candidates who are committed to giving students, teachers, and schools the support they need to be successful.”

HSTA recommended candidate Neil Abercrombie said, “This is about the child.  All of us have a commitment to a child’s education.” He stressed the importance of supporting teachers in the classroom and the common values he shares with teachers who care about Hawaii’s children and our state’s future.

Abercrombie pointed to a portfolio that contained a record of one 5th grade student from Aina Haina School.  He showed accomplishments that reflected critical learning that went beyond what a snapshot test taken on one day in a student’s life shows.  As reporters flipped through the portfolio, Abercrombie noted the talent, dedication, and perseverance of teachers.

It is the second education-based group endorsement Abercrombie received. The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly gave the him its endorsement earlier this year.

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