Back pay on the way for Hawaii substitute teachers


HONOLULU — An estimated 10,000 Hawaii substitute teachers could soon be getting their share of a $14 million settlement for back-pay claims.

A judge is putting the Honolulu law firm that brought the decade-old lawsuit in charge of disbursing the money.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported the order will likely be finalized Wednesday, allowing the state to turn over the money to the firm.

The teachers are owed the money because of a 2005 Circuit Court ruling saying the state underpaid Hawaii substitute teachers millions of dollars from 2000 to 2005.

Attorney Paul Alston says his firm hired a payroll company to cut the checks, which should be going out after the end of the month.

Payouts range from a few hundred dollars to nearly $20,000.