From the Harford County Education Association:
On Tuesday, March 13 Harford County Education Association (HCEA) representatives met with representatives from the Harford County Board of Education and the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). The meeting was an attempt to negotiate a memorandum of understanding that would enable Harford County to participate in a grant program designed to enhance the Advanced Placement program. HCEA believes that all teachers participating in additional workshops and working additional days beyond the normal work year or work day should be paid according to the negotiated agreement between the Board of Education and HCEA. All other funds provided in the grant should be placed in a fund to be used by the teachers to improve theq uality of student instruction.
Unfortunately the NMSI group is not budging from their position that teachers be paid, in part, based upon student performance. This is a clear violation of our negotiated agreement with the Board of Education. We are hopeful that NMSI will reconsider their position to allow the students to benefit from this program and honor the negotiated agreement between the Board and HCEA. Randy Cerveny, President of HCEA said, “It appears that NMSI is more interested in implementing a merit pay program than providing training and support to Advanced Placement teachers.” Cerveny continued, “Students’ achievement is a result of effective teaching, not pay for performance.”