May 24, 2020
Information is Power
Inside this Newsette:

  • Voting By Mail 101
  • Opportunity to Learn Campaign
  • Scholarship Deadline Extended to June
  • Labor Notes Educators Meeting
  • MD Apple Ballot
  • June 2nd Election
  • School Reopening Workshop
  • Tell Us Your Story
  • Distance Learning F.A.Q's
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Be sure to visit to see educator endorsed candidates.


Early to Mid-May - Ballots Received by voters in the mail
May 21-June 2 - Drop Boxes Ope n
May 27 - Voter Registration and Party Change Deadline
June 2, 2020 - Election Day (7am-8pm)
*In person voting available at select locations if unable to Vote by Mail/didn't receive ballot
June 12 (approx.) - Voters can check ballot status
Demand That Every Student Has the
Opportunity to Learn

All children deserve the opportunity to learn. In the wake of COVID-19, schools nationwide have closed their doors abruptly in a desperate attempt to curb exposure. This was a necessary step in the interest of public health, but the unintended consequence is finally highlighting the divide between those who have and those who don’t among our students and educators. 
Online learning is only possible for children who have access to a safe and quiet space, a computer, and reliable internet. The same applies for educators who need to teach. Not all home environments are able to transform immediately into learning environments.
There is a simple step that would help get students back on track: Free access to the internet. 
And it’s within reach. Internet service providers are stepping up all over the country to help get our students and teachers back online and they should do the same in Prince George’s County. You can help us. 

As we enter Teacher Appreciation Week, we want you to know that we see you. Educators like you have gone to extraordinary lengths to adapt lessons and develop a curriculum based entirely in e-learning, but we lack a foundation that can only be provided through the support of government and private corporations; namely, no-cost reliable access to the internet. 
Sign our petition to the CEOs of Comcast and Verizon and to our state and federal legislators to immediately and publicly show your support. Demand free internet access to all of Prince George’s County students and educators because it is the right thing to do. If students have public education for free; they should also have internet access for free. 
Our voices together will get our kids learning again. We hope you will join us in this movement! 


Theresa Mitchell Dudley
Prince George’s County Educators’ Association

Scholarship Application Deadline Extended To
June, 2020
Join the Labor Notes National Educators Meeting.
This meeting is password protected, so see zoom link and information below. 
We are taking precautions to avoid zoom bombers. Please don't forward this email. 
If you want to invite fellow educators, please share this link
 so they can register as well. 
Note: This is a call and discussion for rank-and-file union K12 educators so the discussions will be specific to educators organizing. If that's not you, don't worry! We have many other exciting webinars and meetings coming up. Stay in touch for future meetings and webinars.
See you Tuesday!
Event Details
Time: May 26, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Coronavirus (COVID 19) Updates
*PGCEA Offices will be closed March 16-TBD. Should you need help staff is available by phone 301-736-2700 and email at  

Please write your state legislators at this link. They must override this veto.

PRESIDENT DUDLEY FAC ZOOM VISITS  I want to visit with your staff! If you would like to schedule a Zoom meeting with your FAC please contact your UNISERV or email .

We are all missing the comradery of Friday Happy Hours. After a successful Karaoke Happy Hour last Friday, we are going to do virtual Happy Hour every Friday at 4:30! If you are interested in singing pick a song and get ready. You can have others on with you. You can also ask questions during song breaks. It is best if you prepare ahead of time and pull up your song in advance so you can share it on screen.  

After 8 weeks of being home, and four weeks of Distance Learning under our belts, we are seeing positive lessons and how we must be vigilant about working conditions. With Dr. Salmon’s closing schools May 6 for the remainder of the year, it raises more questions on the last day, end of distance learning, summer school, and access to retrieve belongings. Many concerns will not be answered until after the Board of Educations meeting on Thursday, May 14. The two most important things are first our negotiated agreement is still in place and two please refer to the Distance Learning Plan (DLP) to verify your responsibilities.
As this is an emergency, we are regularly meeting with the Administration to suggest improvements and to share successes. If you have a question please check our Fact Sheet on our COVID-19 page first and ask your administrator for clarification. 
If you still are unsure, please feel free to email  or call 301-736-2700 for clarification between 9 AM and 5 PM.
Remember to Vote By Mail June 2, 2020
PGCEA Has Endorsed Candidates in Districts 4 and 7
School Board Races

*We also have endorsed candidates in other districts however they will not be on the primary ballot.
Upcoming Online Workshops

Tell Us Your Story
We have a request from Clinton Smith, Ed.D who Chairs, the NEA Caucus for Educators of Exceptional Children. Please provide your authentic stories.

NEA is trying to collect stories about what is happening on the ground in our school districts as distance/remote learning and IDEA procedural safeguards and timelines remain in place during the COVID19 pandemic. What problems have you had with IDEA flexibility and timelines? Are you able to adequately provide services to your students? What are your barriers? What are your successes? What type of assistance and relief is needed? What resources do you need?
Please go to this link and share your stories! Your stories will be incredibly helpful as NEA lobbies for education policy and funding requests at the federal level.

PGCEA Distance Learning FAQs

The following answers to frequently asked questions from PGCEA members are based on the current Negotiated Agreement, the PGCPS Teacher/School Staff Distance Learning Guide and responses to PGCEA from the CEO and other school system leaders. Due to the existing Covid-19 health emergency and a continually evolving situation this document may be updated as needed.
All PGCEA Events are Canceled
Until Further Notice

*some committee chairs may have meetings via zoom conference call.
Get involved! Join a committee.