The school board is refusing to honor the contract negotiated three years ago with education staff, denying an agreed-upon cost-of-living increase and restricting previously approved partner benefits. They aren't keeping their word, even though these hard-working men and women keep their word every day, working more hours than they are contracted for, spending their own money on educational resources and school supplies, supporting our students in the classroom and around the community.
Please come show your support for teachers and staff. It is critical that BOE Members know we saw how they treated our valuable staff, and that we won't let them breach their contracts again. The contract ratification may have happened for this school year, but it is never too early to tell the BOE that you support higher wages and better benefits for staff and that you feel the community must keep its word to teachers who keep their word every day in our schools.
INFORMATION ON HOW TO CONTACT BOARD MEMBERS and express support for teachers and staff:
Or just cut and paste their emails:
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
There will be a public meeting next month to discuss the contracts, but it would help in advance to show support for the teachers and education staff's efforts.
Going forward, Talbot Rising will be working with Andy Burke and others on the ballot initiative to raise the tax cap. This won't just make it easier to support our schools, but all sorts of institutions and services that make our community better. Start practicing now: FIVE CENTS MAKES SENSE. We'll be trying to convince our neighbors to support a five-cent increase on the property tax: two cents for education, two cents for emergency services (police fire, ambulance), and one center for discretionary spending.
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Earlier Event: September 16Ice Cream Social to support the Eastern Shore Political Action Committee for Social and Economic Justice
Later Event: September 23Frederick Douglass Day - Sept 23rd Easton, MD