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STATEMENT FROM BTU PRESIDENT MARIETTA ENGLISH

Baltimore, MD-- Tonight our hearts are heavy and we echo the calls of the Gray family, clergy and Mayor Rawlings-Blake for peace as the city of Baltimore starts the healing process.

We are grateful that ...


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"After a long and sometimes hotly debated legislative session, the state is better for the admirable bi-partisan work done by the legislators. I want to start by thanking the state legislature for its efforts in finding the funds to educate our children across the state and also for keeping state worker pay as it is.


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"This new school police plan is very disturbing to us at the Baltimore Teachers Union because we are now asking teachers, PSRPs, and principals to be responsible for one more thing other than the educational instruction of our city's students. Our members are not police..."

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Statement from BTU President, Marietta English on Baltimore Sun Article from 02/18/15: "City schools face $60 million deficit even without state cuts"

Baltimore, MD- Baltimore City's impending budget deficit is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. Any suggestion that the teacher contract is in large part responsible for the school system's deficit is not earnest on its face.

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AFT-Maryland President Marietta English's statement on Gov. Larry Hogan's proposed cuts to ​Baltimore City School System.

For Immediate Release
February 2, 2015
Contact: Ray Baker
(410) 764-3030

"I am deeply troubled and concerned that Gov. Hogan's proposed budget has such impactful cuts to Baltimore City Public Schools. We at AFT-Maryland and BTU do not believe this is the best way to build on the academic gains made by Baltimore city students. City schools CEO Dr. Gregory Thornton's suggestion that these cuts could lead to 400 lost jobs is equally concerning. These teachers and para-professionals

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January 22, 2015

Contact: Ray Baker, (410) 764-3030

Baltimore, MD - AFT-Maryland President, Marietta English, has released the following statement on the occasion of the inauguration of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan:

"I commend and congratulate Mr. Hogan on being sworn-in as Maryland's 62nd governor. The entire AFT-Maryland family looks forward to working with the governor on a range of issues including providing the best schools and teachers for Maryland families as well as ensuring fair wages and benefits for the state employees that make Maryland work. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2014

Contact: Ray Baker
(410) 764-3030

Baltimore— Statement AFT-Maryland President Marietta English on the election of Larry Hogan as governor of Maryland.

"While I am disappointed that Anthony Brown did not prevail as Maryland's next Governor, I want to thank everyone who volunteered, voted, or helped to get out the vote. I know Larry Hogan's stunning win is a shock to many and could have serious consequences for educators, public employees, and healthcare workers in Maryland. However we look forward to working with Governor-elect Hogan and ultimately continuing

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Baltimore, MD - On Tuesday October 21, 2014, AFT-Maryland in conjunction with the Baltimore Teachers UnionMaryland Communities United, the Center for Popular Democracy, and the Central Labor Council will rally outside City Hall for community schools. The organizations will join with hundreds of parents, students and community members to call for support from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore City Council on the school initiative that has been improving Baltimore schools and communities.  The groups are looking for a resolution from the City Council and a financial commitment from the mayor's office of $2.2 million in this academic year and $10 million next year to fully fund exciting and emerging community schools.

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The AFT National Convention continues in the city of Detroit with AFT members discussing new ways of maintaining quality education and essential public services in the face of threats presented by corporate and special interests. Across the nation, those interests have sponsored anti-union attacks and have promoted budget cuts that require the elimination of jobs for teachers and public workers. The more than 3,000 delegates attending the 82nd AFT National Convention, however, have been inspired by the remarks of President Randi Weingarten, who told convention attendees that AFT would pursue a new vision of unionism. Weingarten told convention delegates that AFT must pursue “solution driven unionism,” an approach that focuses on uniting union members and creating solutions to the problems that plague working people and their communities.

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The Maryland Senate has voted to shift of some of the cost of teacher pensions to Baltimore City and the state’s counties as part of an efforts to avoid more than $500 million in so-called Doomsday budget cuts originally scheduled to take effect on  July 1.

The House voted 86-51 for the that will begin splitting teacher pension costs between the state and local jurisdictions over the next four years. In the Senate, the vote on the measure that included the teacher pension shift was 33-13.

AFT-Maryland and its affiliate, the Baltimore Teachers Union, have long opposed shifting the cost of pensions to local governments.  Many local jurisdictions, such as the City of Baltimore, already suffer from budget deficits.

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