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LETTER: HCEA President Shares About Teacher Bonuses, Rights

Randy Cerveny submitted letter to the editor on the topic of teacher bonuses and teacher rights.

, president of the , or HCEA, a union representing Harford educators, shares thoughts in the wake of

Here is the letter unedited and printed in full:

HCEA celebrates having protected the negotiation rights of Harford County’s teachers. The Harford County Education Association reached a tentative agreement with the Harford County Board of Education negotiations team to discuss the disbursement of the $1,250 in supplemental funds from the County Executive.

The Harford County Education Association has the responsibility of upholding the rights of its members. By ensuring that the additional funding from the County Council was negotiated, HCEA protected the rights of our teachers and the school system. Our schools depend on our ability to collaborate—successfully, efficiently, and appropriately—to create the best possible school system for our children.

More than 40 years ago, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation guaranteeing the right of educators to bargain with school boards over salary, benefits, and working conditions. These rights have been crucial to building the great public schools that make our state and county great places to live and to our efforts to recruit and retain outstanding educators. Regardless of the innocent façade painted by County Executive Craig, accepting such a “bonus” without negotiating it would erode educators’ collective bargaining rights and our county’s long history of effective collaboration.

Protecting the rights of teachers safeguards the integrity and rights of the school system, leading to better and stronger schools for our students. Negotiating this funding is an important part of doing what's right for our county by investing in our schools, educators, and children's future. We must ensure that the spirit of collaboration and negotiation remain strong in Harford County so that together we can ensure that our county provides the great public schools that children, businesses, and families depend on.

Randy Cerveny
President of Harford County Education Association (HCEA)

Chet Morris February 11, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Nobody is asking for a handout, just what they have earned and deserve. Pay for college for 8+ years and tell me otherwise
1ke February 11, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Working in schools is nothing like punching the clock and leaving it all at the office. Helping children grow up and learn the things they need to know and be able to do is not like selling a product or making metal parts. I think that private sector teachers get paid pretty well and have some perks, but I had better ask Karl, who obviously knows.
Karl Schuub February 11, 2012 at 04:26 PM
She's still being paid her contracted salary for the limited number of weeks the contract prescribes...this work she's doing from June through August is not a part of the contracted wage; so that's in addition to and her choice. She could just as easily stay home and garden for 10 weeks and it wouldn't affect her teacher's salary. Please...don't insult the intelligence of the folks in the private sector. I looked up the average teacher annual salary and it comes in at 57K. If the job were year round...and based upon number of hours that would work out to roughly 70-75K; not bad at all. Cry me a river - have no idea why teachers continually complain - decent wage, nearly zero accountability, short commutes; free summers; sure seems like a pretty good gig to me.
Philip Einhorn February 12, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Our teachers work hard and put in a lot of extra hours to help our children. They deserve what they get. The teachers union however has no right to stop the teachers from getting a one time bonus when offered. The union wanted the money to use for their lawsuit. The money was to help the teachers not the union. Teachers who do not belong to the union are better off than those that waste their money paying union dues.
AG February 13, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I know many people in the private sector with that much college who are looking for work. They would love to have that pension as well. I also know many saleried employees who work unpaid overtime, and in exchange they get to keep their jobs. Over the years, teachers have become spoiled by the guarantees of government.

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