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Old 08-01-2013, 12:27 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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One other thing I didn't mention was that most systems are still in retrenchment/status quo mode, raising class sizes as much as they dare, trying to eliminate staff such as Media Specialists (school Librarians), increasing class loads, having people teach out of field, etc. Some systems are also seeing the end of increasing enrollmentt and are actually losing numbers.
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:39 PM
 
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Yeah, it seems as if every Maryland Board I've read so far has mentioned the hiring/salary freezes, the lack of teaching openings, and how difficult the work load can be. How long do these freezes tend to last? I've still got a ways to go before I do graduate, so maybe the situation could change in another year or so?

~Anon
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Old 08-01-2013, 02:40 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Yeah, it seems as if every Maryland Board I've read so far has mentioned the hiring/salary freezes, the lack of teaching openings, and how difficult the work load can be. How long do these freezes tend to last? I've still got a ways to go before I do graduate, so maybe the situation could change in another year or so?

~Anon
In Prince George's it's been 5 years. I'm entering my 30th year there and for 20 or so of them scheduled contractural COLAs and steps haven't been paid. Some times they made it up (freeze for 3 years them put you on the right step) other times not.

I will say that Prince George's is unusual for MD systems not fulfilling contracts, most others are pretty good.

Over the next several years an entire generation of teachers will be retiring (Baby Boom age). I go back the 12th and, because of my schedule of classes being changed to accomodate a much younger teacher who for the last 3 years stopped coming in after Halloween I've already told my Principal if he pisses me off I just may go out part way through the year. With 300 sick days I also plan to take most Fridays and staff and Department meeting days off. Those are exclusive of the days I'm already out due to other meetings I go to for Middle States and AP Coordinators and Dr. appointments (I'll be 60 next Summer).
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:24 PM
 
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So there's hope then. The main area I'm interested in really is that mid-section of Maryland (primarily Howard, but I've also read that Anne Arundel, Carroll, and a few other counties are pretty good). Have you or any of your friends/colleagues had any experience in these counties? How are the people in these areas? I live in a pretty average-sized college town, and the people here can be pretty conservative, except for the students and other like-minded individuals.
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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I used to teach in Howard (I'm at a private school now), and grew up and now live in Carroll. Howard used to be the 2nd highest paid county in the state when I left (4 yrs ago). Carroll teachers are suffering right now- no pay raise in 6-7 yrs and none in sight. We are a conservative place so if that's not for you, you might like Howard better.

For pay scales, go to the county's website, to the HR page, and they should be there. Teachers are generally considered 10 month employees, so start with that scale. I would apply to 3-4 counties to be safe. When I started teaching in 2002, I applied to 4 counties and only got callbacks from 2, and I was also a recent Master's graduate. Good Luck!
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:59 AM
 
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I go back the 12th and, because of my schedule of classes being changed to accomodate a much younger teacher who for the last 3 years stopped coming in after Halloween I've already told my Principal if he pisses me off I just may go out part way through the year.
Please clarify....this guy stopped coming after Halloween and he's still employed?
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:16 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Please clarify....this guy stopped coming after Halloween and he's still employed?

Yep. Three years running. Calls in sick most days or comes in and leaves before kids show up, eventually goes into Sick Leave Bank, comes back the last week to pack up his room. Two years ago my schedule was changed at the semester so I could have his AP kids while my students had a permanent sub (who had the guy's non-AP classes). This past year the same scenario was going to play out again for his entire schedule and I just said no. Pointed out that it was not fair to either the kids, who sign up for my classes specifically, or to me. We did pull AP from him last year. He's come back each year saying it won't happen again but by the 3rd week he's leaving before 1st period a couple days a week and by Halloween just calling in every day.
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