The union representing teachers in Harford County Public Schools plans a “grade-in” protest over school funding at a county council meeting set for Tuesday, October 1.
Ryan Burbey, president of the Harford County Education Association sent an email to members last week urging teachers to grade student work while they attend the council meeting and to speak out during the public comment period. The protest is planned, according to the email, to “call attention to the problems which have arisen in our schools due to the lack of funding.”
The email goes on to warn union members:
“Anti-public education members of the community have recently indicated in public comments that they feel, ‘Things are fine’ and HCPS has sufficient funding. If we allow these falsehoods to go unchecked, they will be accepted by the council and other community members as truthful.”
Some teachers in Harford County Public Schools have been working to rule since the end of last school year, protesting a lack of salary increases in four of the past five years.
Burbey did not immediately respond to inquiries from The Dagger about the “grade-in”. However, the protest is apparently the first of many actions planned this year, according to the email: “This year, we must be prepared to act like never before. We must show the strength of our numbers and the power of our cause. I need you help to make a change. I am only one voice. Together we are thousands.”