Teachers Protest in Harford - AERIAL VIDEO!

Harford County Teachers Protest in Bel Air 2014
Harford County Teachers Protest in Bel Air 2014

On April 8th, 2014, teachers gathered in unity and marched from the Bel Air Elementary School on Lee Street in Downtown Bel Air to the County Council on Bond Street to make their voices heard!

Ryan Burbey, was the organizer and is president of the Harford County Educators Association teachers' union.

"It has become apparent that the community does not realize what a dire need there is for schools to get funding," he said, noting that "literally every program is at risk" and teachers continue to leave Harford.

With the county budget set to be introduced soon, "obviously we have timed it that way because we want something to happen before it is too late," he said.

"The purpose for the march is to raise community awareness, raise awareness for the county council," he said. "It's an educating experience so that everyone in the county, the council, the county executive can see how desperate the situation is becoming."

"Every year the school board has asked for more money and every year they don't get it," he said.

With teachers working at "pre-2006 wages," a salary increase "obviously is a motivator," he said.

"It's not just the fact that you are losing hundreds of teachers, it's that the entire system is slowly and arduously grinding to a halt," he said.

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Robert McArtor with RE/MAX Components supports all Teachers through-out Harford County. He filmed and edited this video. You can reach him at http://www.MarylandHOMESTeam.com or 443-392-4833.

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Bob Allen April 09, 2014 at 11:48 AM
I don't what it is with Harford County government and its attitude toward education. Is it hangover from the strike 35 years ago? Do they think teaching is a "part time job with summers off"? Even a former educator like David "wannabegov" Graig ( or is it Craig?) screws them at every opportunity. Really, look at how Harford County students stack up in the state and tell me their teachers should be the fourth lowest paid in Maryland. Even HCC instructors haven't had a raise in five years. I can't think that the average parent agrees with the political types running the county. I certainly don't. Do you?
Bob Allen April 09, 2014 at 11:49 AM
Typo I don't "know".... Sorry
steven bradley April 10, 2014 at 02:46 PM
Hi Bob. Have you gotten a raise since 2006. Think of the construction industry. Wages are now what they were in 1990. If our government would enforce immigration laws and deport those not living within those laws wages would go up for lower wage jobs, less government resources would have to be spent on lower wage benefits, schools would not have to spend resources on bilingual education, and resources could be allocated to teach raises. Organize a march to support that.


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