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Hawaii Felix Response Plan
Hawaii : Felix Response Plan -State Level
Program Statistics
Name and Level The Felix Response Plan (FRP) Hard-to-Fill Location Incentive and the Felix Response Plan (FRP) Return to Special Education Incentive for 2006-2007 School Year is a state level program.

Source: Hawaii Department of Education Office of Human Resources

Status Incentives are available for the 2006-2007 school year and will be offered during the life of the Felix Consent Decree.

Source: Hawaii Department of Education Office of Human Resources

Program Description The Felix Response Plan was implemented by Senate Bill 1303 in 2001 stemming from a federal lawsuit against the state of Hawaii. The bill requires the department of education to ensure that appropriate services are provided to eligible children with disabilities.

Hard-to-Fill Location Incentive:

Qualified Certificated employees working in the geographically hard-to-fill areas of Moloka'i, Lana'i, Hana, Ka`u, and Kohala will be eligible for this incentive. Teachers must complete one year of satisfactory service as a licensed teacher to earn this incentive. The money will be paid only at the end of one year of satisfactory service as a licensed teacher and will not be pro rated. Exception: If a teacher serves one semester in a hard-to-fill school and is subsequently staff reduced and willing to coontinue in another hard-to-fill school for the second semester, but no placement is available, the amount may be pro rated. However, if a placement in another hard-to-fill school is available and the teacher refuses the placement, the teacher is ineligible for any part of the incentive.

Return to Special Education Incentive:

This incentive is offered to dual licensed Special Education teachers, currently employed by the state department of education, who return to a Special Education classroom position anywhere in the state, for a period of three years. Teachers must sign a commitment to return to a Special Education classroom position for a full three years.

Source: Hawaii Department of Education Office of Human Resources

Other Programs No information found.
Hard-to-Staff, High Needs, At-Risk Component
Program Target Components
  • Hard to staff subject
  • Hard to staff school
  • Description of Component Hard-to-Fill Location Incentive:

    Qualified Certificated employees working in the geographically hard-to-fill areas of Moloka'i, Lana'i, Hana, Ka`u, and Kohala will be eligible for this incentive. Teachers must complete one year of satisfactory service as a licensed teacher to earn this incentive. The money will be paid only at the end of one year of satisfactory service as a licensed teacher and will not be pro rated. Exception: If a teacher serves one semester in a hard-to-fill school and is subsequently staff reduced and willing to coontinue in another hard-to-fill school for the second semester, but no placement is available, the amount may be pro rated. However, if a placement in another hard-to-fill school is available and the teacher refuses the placement, the teacher is ineligible for any part of the incentive.

    Return to Special Education Incentive:

    This incentive is offered to dual licensed Special Education teachers, currently employed by the state department of education, who return to a Special Education classroom position anywhere in the state, for a period of three years. Teachers must sign a commitment to return to a Special Education classroom position for a full three years.

    Source: Hawaii Department of Education Office of Human Resources

    Incentive Structure
    Compensation Structure Hard-to-Fill Location Incentive:

    The incentive is per year for a maximum of three years and will be paid as a lump sum and applied toward a teacher’s retirement benefits.

    Return to Special Education Incentive:

    The incentive is per year and is conditional upon satisfactory teacher performance. It is for a period of three years. The amount will be paid in a lump sum at the end of a full year of satisfactory service and will be paid as a differential and applied toward a teacher’s retirement benefits.

    Source: Hawaii Department of Education Office of Human Resources

    Incentives Hard-to-Fill Location Incentive:

    The incentive is $3,000 per year for a maximum of three years and will be paid as a lump sum and applied to a teacher’s retirement benefits.

    Return to Special Education Incentive:

    The incentive is $10,000 and is pro rated as follows: $3,000 after the first year, $3,000 after the second year and $4,000 after the third year. The pro rated amount will be paid in a lump sum at the end of a full year, paid as a differential and applied toward a teacher’s retirement benefits.

    Source: Hawaii Department of Education Office of Human Resources

    Incentive Recipients Hard-to-Fill Location Incentive:

    The incentive applies to licensed classroom teachers, including all licensed special education or general education classroom teachers. Teachers on probationary status are also eligible. Licensed support personnel, including counselors, registrars, librarians, student services coordinators, student activities coordinators and IRA teachers who are licensed teachers are also eligible.

    Teachers on Code W status or Code 5 status are ineligible, but under certain conditions may be paid retroactively. Resource Teachers are also ineligible.

    Return to Special Education Incentive:

    Dual licensed Special Education teachers, currently employed by the department of education who return to a Special Education classroom position anywhere in the state are eligible.

    Source: Hawaii Department of Education Office of Human Resources

    Methods of Evaluation
    Method of Evaluation Hard-to-Fill Location Incentive:

    Teachers must complete one year of satisfactory service as a licensed teacher to earn the incentive and working in geographically hard-to-fill areas of Moloka'i, Lana'i, Hana, Ka`u, and Kohala.

    Return to Special Education Incentive:

    The department makes the sole determination on the suitability and selection of a returning teacher.

    The following basic guidelines for teachers must be with the Hawaii Department of Education and are as follows:

    • Dual certification
    • Teaching in Special Education
    • Transferred to Regular Education for two years or more
    • Returned to a Special Education position for a period of three years.
    Incentives are conditional upon satisfactory teacher performance.

    Source: Hawaii Department of Education Office of Human Resources

    Stakeholder Involvement
    Teachers and Teacher's Unions No information found.
    Other Stakeholders No information found.
    Program Funding
    Cost No information found.
    Funding No information found.
    Results and Outcomes
    Results and Outcomes No information found.



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