The 2019 cohort of teachers that made up the Baltimore Teachers Union Teacher Leaders Program displayed their work before an audience of peers and supporters at their closing exercise. The Teacher Leader program is funded by a grant from AFT. It allows participants to identify an educational obstacle, and during the course of the eight-month program, they research solutions to the problem.
BTU Teacher Leader Facilitator Carla McCoy said, “As has been the standard for the AFT/BTU Teachers Leaders, Cohort 7 did not disappoint! Each participant used their passion for students and other
AFT-Maryland had a busy legislative session, working to get several bills passed and signed into law. Gov. Larry Hogan held a signing ceremony for three bills that affected locals in the state federation. One was a bill placing employees at the Maryland School for the Deaf into the State Personnel Management System. This was a bill that MSD and AFT-Maryland worked hard over the course of several sessions to get passed. Teachers at the Maryland School for the Deaf are fully considered state employees and are no longer contractual.
The other two bills signed were pieces of legislation of
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Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.
AFT-Maryland joins with the entire state in mourning the passing of Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch. He was a life-long servant of the citizens of Maryland and a friend to labor and education.
His leadership in the Maryland House of Delegates has been beyond remarkable. He ensured that no matter what was happening statewide, students and teachers wouldn't be sacrificed. He also made sure state workers had a voice in policy that affected them.
We will miss his leadership, kind smile, and warm personality. Our deepest and sincere condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult