Calvert teachers “won’t be bullied”
It appears that the commitment of the Calvert County Board of Education to equality doesn’t extend to the county’s hardworking educators. That’s according to the Calvert Education Association, the organization representing the teachers of Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS), which has been renegotiating the contract for the teachers since December 2019. After nearly a dozen negotiating sessions over the past six months, CEA (part of the Maryland State Education Association) says CCPS is stalling discussions on salaries to try to pressure teachers to give up their workplace protections, including protections against racial and gender-based discrimination. “Our teachers are working harder than they ever have for the students of Calvert County,” says CEA president Dona Ostenso. “It is alarming and frankly offensive that representatives of the school board are trying to make teachers choose between their salaries and their most basic rights.” However, Ostenso declared, “We won’t be bullied into allowing our members to suffer discrimination at work.”
photo: From CEA’s Facebook page: “With all of the craziness going on right now, CEA members (and families) are still taking time to complete the Census 2020”
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