“Educators should be able to focus on their students—not on running to a second job or running up debt just to make ends meet. While the passage of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future during the 2019 legislative session was a good first step, we need to take action during the coming school year to finally end the underfunding of our schools and make sure that every neighborhood in the state has a great public school for our students," said MSEA President Cheryl Bost.
“Teachers and other educators will see their largest raise since the 2008 recession. More than 200 high-poverty schools will add wrap-around services such as counseling and healthcare to break down economic barriers to learning. Schools in every zip code will hire more special educators and paraprofessionals to help struggling learners and students with disabilities," said MSEA President Cheryl Bost.
“Maryland public school educators congratulate Speaker Jones on her historic election. As the first black and woman speaker of the House, her speakership breaks critical barriers and puts the House of Delegates in position to make important progress in the years ahead, especially on educational equity. Maryland educators stand ready to ensure that every student in every neighborhood has a great public school and an equal opportunity for success," said MSEA President Cheryl Bost.
“Teachers and other educators will see their largest raise since the 2008 recession. Our schools will hire more special educators and paraprofessionals to help struggling learners and students with disabilities. More than 200 high-poverty schools will become ‘community schools’ where wrap-around services such as counseling and healthcare will break down economic barriers to learning. This bipartisan legislation is a bold first step toward Maryland’s future success," said MSEA President Cheryl Bost.
“Educators are thrilled that such an overwhelming number of Marylanders voted for increased funding for our public schools. The $500 million annually that Question 1 will add is the first step to closing the $2.9 billion annual funding gap that negatively impacts students, educators, and schools across the state. Keeping the promise on casino revenues was the easy part. To meet the commitments our students and schools deserve will take the continued support and activism of Marylanders to make sure that the Governor and legislature permanently closes this gap when the General Assembly convenes in January," said Baltimore County elementary school teacher and Maryland State Education Association President Cheryl Bost.
“Far too many educators are struggling to make ends meet. It’s clear that Maryland needs to do more for our teachers and school staff. Educators devote their lives to making a difference for every single child in their community, yet as a state we have allowed educators to become undervalued. The Kirwan Commission, legislators, and local officials must address this problem head-on so we can recruit and retain the talented and dedicated educators our kids need and deserve," said Baltimore County elementary teacher and MSEA President Cheryl Bost.
“The truth is, public schools have been a foundation of upward economic mobility for many Maryland families—including many low-income families—but not yet for all of our families. If I can accomplish anything as president of Maryland’s educators union, I want to help deliver on the promise that every student has an equal opportunity at success in our schools," said Bost.
Hogan Partisan Alert: Educators Blast Gov. Hogan’s Veto of Bipartisan Bill to Put Teachers, Parent on State School Board
“It’s the very definition of common sense that teachers should be at the decision-making table when developing policies that affect our students. But not only has Gov. Hogan failed to appoint a single Maryland teacher to his Board of Education, he has now actively blocked bipartisan legislation to make it happen. Gov. Hogan is sending a very clear message: He doesn’t believe teachers should have a voice in decisions about our schools, students, and profession," said MSEA President Betty Weller.
“At a time when Donald Trump and the Congressional Republicans want to privatize education and dismantle our public schools, educators need our friend Ben Cardin back in the Senate now more than ever. Marylanders need a strong defender of our rights—that’s exactly who Ben has been and that’s exactly who he’ll continue to be," said MSEA President Betty Weller.
“Attorney General Frosh has been an incredible partner for educators and public schools. We look forward to continuing our work with the ‘People’s Lawyer’ to stop school privatization, uphold student protections, and defend workers’ rights for another four years,” said MSEA President Betty Weller.