'Work to the Rules' protest highlights teacher's off-hour work

Sign-waving before and after school hours

Published  7:05 PM HST Nov 14, 2012
HONOLULU -

The movement is being organized by teachers at Campbell High School.  They're saying it is not a strike, but what's called a "Work to the Rules" protest.

"It gives them a sense that they have a voice as well," began teacher Tammy Jones. 

At Campbell High School, the signs are being painted and the T-shirts are being distributed for a protest weeks in the making.

"It's painful for us to do this, but for two years in a row we've had these imposed mandates with basically no movement and the choice is to do nothing or to do something," said teacher Corey Rosenlee.

"Teachers of other schools asking how can we do this," said Rosenlee.

On Friday, two Campbell High School teachers started a Facebook page letting the community know they'll be sign waving before 8 a.m. and after 3 p.m.

Those are times when all the other things teachers do for students begin.

"They volunteer for clubs, sports, and advisors and help the kids late and night helping with their homework," said Rosenlee.

Full-time Teacher Lorna Baniaga-Lee said the rest of her free time goes to another part-time job, so this time; she's making her voice heard.

"Teachers are taking a stand because this is important. We want our kids to stand up so we need to be good role models," said Baniaga-Lee.

This is the first day in six months the state and the teachers union are sitting down at the table together and resuming negotiations.

"It is frustrating, but I think the bigger impact is seeing how it affects teachers. The good teachers, that can no longer afford to be teachers and are leaving the profession and so we're doing it for them as well," he said.

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