From Randy Cerveny, President of Harford County Education Association (HCEA):
To the editor:
Monday night over 60 teachers took a stand to maintain high quality schools for the students of Harford County. Dressed in black, 6 teachers spoke about their relationship with their students and the need for adequate resources to help our children raise the ceiling on student achievement.
We must do what’s right for Harford County’s students by investing in our schools and children’s future. Research has shown that the quality of education a student receives depends on the relationship between the teacher and student in the classroom. We need to take the necessary steps to retain today’s high quality staff and recruit tomorrow’s outstanding educators.
Over the last decade our schools’ share of the county budget has decreased nearly 6%. Student performance has mirrored the educational funding of the County. As funding levels have decreased so has student performance. In 2006 we had 0 schools not making AYP and in 2011 there are 14 schools not making AYP. We cannot allow this trend to continue.
All members of the public who are interested in maintaining our high quality of education, please contact the Harford County Public Schools Board of Education at 410-838-7300 and the Harford County Council at 410-638-3343 and urge them to invest in our schools.
President of Harford County Education Association (HCEA)