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Teachers Picket To Seek Education Funding

Some Harford County Public Schools teachers will leave school at the end of the contract work day on Wednesday and Thursday.

Teachers from a number of schools around Harford County are planning to adhere to the contracted work day—and no more.

According to the Harford County Education Association website, 22 schools countywide have agreed to work only the hours for which they are contracted.

For instance, while some high school teachers around the county may remain in their rooms for an hour or two after the work day, many have agreed to stick to the 2:20 p.m. contractual end-of-day. 

The movement is in an effort to notify county school and government leaders that education must be made a priority, according to an HCEA flyer.

The Dagger reported that many teachers were reporting at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday—their mandatory report time.

The 22 schools include:

  • Magnolia Elementary School
  • North Harford High School
  • Youths Benefit Elementary School
  • Edgewood Middle School
  • Edgewood High
  • Fallston Middle School
  • Magnolia Middle School
  • North Harford Middle School
  • Joppatowne High School
  • Norrisville Elementary School

Picketing is planned outside the schools for 15 minutes on both Wednesday and Thursday.

The HCEA also invited teachers to picket together at 3:30 p.m. at Youth’s Benefit Elementary School in Fallston.

TELL US: Are you picketing? Do you support the movement? Leave a comment.

Margaret Fulkrod June 09, 2012 at 11:33 AM
I am surprised by the amount of anger and mis-information that is being thrown around with the comments. I am a teacher that is currently working Harford county. i have taught in two other states for a total of 28 years. When I started teaching I was handed a box of chalk and some text books and told go forth and teach. Now teachers are handed a computer, several remotes, and CDs and told to go forth and teach. The behavior expectation of students has changed and there is less and less I can do about it. I still love to teach. I have seen the amount of money I bring home decrease because of taxes, pension contributions, health care and other deductions increase. Almost every bill that I have to pay each month has increased therefore I have less money. I still love to teach. I get told I am ungratful because I would like to have the pay increase that was voted on and approved by the HCPS board but then not given. I would like to get the bonus that Mr. Craig said he would give me but then changed his mind about. I still love to teach. I do not like being lied to, disrespected, told I have it easy because I work 190 days for 7.5 hours a day, adminstrators changing grades to satisfy a parent when I know the student earn the grade, and getting up early in the morning. I put with these things because I love to teach. So, if you see me on the side of the road exercising my first admendent rights, do judge or accuse until you walked a mile in my shoes.
Hans-Adam III, Prince of Liechtenstein June 09, 2012 at 08:41 PM
@Margaret Fulkrod @Margaret Fulkrod Taxpayers are disappointed that the school system manages to waste a great deal of money and turn out a poor product. Heck you even said that "adminstrators changing grades to satisfy a parent". You, the HCEA, BOE and HCPS administrators are failing taxpayers, students and parents.
Carol July 05, 2012 at 08:01 PM
One of the Biggest problems taking prayer out of the schools, lets start there. Then there is No Child left behind. If you don't study and do your home work then you won't learn you might fail, Oh My I don't think I can say that it might make someone feel bad! Get over it when kids failed when I was in school they repeated the year and hoped they would not do that again. Young people today have to learn there is a price to pay for what you want in life it isn't a free ride, well it has been for a lot of folks for the pass four years. We need to put prayer and Bible reading back in our schools, if some want to complain then they don't have to do it, they should want to to because with out God we have no Hope. We need God Back in America
Penelope Patch August 31, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Effective teachers are tremendously valuable and should be fairly rewarded. When you look at other disciplines requiring at least a bachelor's degree, teachers make a very good salary. I know of many people, all with excellent educational backgrounds and a great deal of experience who LOST their job, benefits -- including healthcare. It is really hard for me to hear teachers complain that they haven't had a raise in several years, and they have to dig a little deeper in their pocket to pay a co-pay. I think they should be thankful that they have a job. There are others out there who also hail from very noble professions. I don't really feel sorry for those who have to cancel their cable, etc. when I know of people who are really hurting out there, who have lost access to affordable healthcare, who have made the difficult choice of not having their prescriptions filled so they could afford to put food on the table, and others who have lost their homes. It's really tough on a lot of our fellow tax-paying neighbors and those out there who are whining about their raises, go find another job (if you can). Remember Bethlehem Steel? Lots of people who worked there for 30-40 years, lost everything when the company went bankrupt -- including their health insurance and retirement benefits they were "promised." There are no promises.
steven bradley August 31, 2012 at 09:15 AM
Are you aware that former Bethlehem Steel employees of retirement age receive a pension for there Bethlehem service?

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