Public schools in Hawaii are still plagued by a shortage of teachers.
Lawmakers want people who live here and will stay here. They want teachers who'll be able to bond with students.
Lawmakers are also willing to pay for qualified Hawaii residents to get their teaching degrees.
They're pitching an initiative called the Hawaii Teacher Stipend Program and it's already passed through both the House and Senate.
"It is this chronic problem that's just getting worse," said Corey Rosenlee, HSTA President.