March 1 , 2020
PGCEA NEWSETTE
Information is Power
Inside this Newsette:

  • Successful Education Lobby Night
  • Upcoming Events
  • Read Across Prince George's County
  • Instructional and Professional Development Conference
  • MAC Scholarship Application
  • Know Your Contract: Teacher Assignment
  • 2020 Census Resources
  • News and Announcements
  • Pre-Retirement Planning Conference

A Successful Education Lobby Night
On Monday we partnered with Baltimore Teachers Union and took nearly 100 educators to Annapolis to have meetings with close to thirty members of The Maryland General Assembly to strongly advocate and urge members to vote Yes on the transformative recommendations offered in HB1300/SB1000 and to fully fund the legislation . Take a look at some of the highlights!
Funding Formula Relief

Currently in The Blueprint for Maryland, Prince George’s County faces an annual increase of $386 million by the end of the decade.

This week, Delegate Ben Barnes and Delegate Alonzo Washington proposed changes to the funding formula during the House Education and Economic subcommittees-of the House Appropriations and Ways and Means committees would cut those local obligations in half. They are proposing changes to the funding formula which would include a new “maximum local effort index” that would attempt to balance a county’s wealth and its required local share of education funding formulas to bring all jurisdictions in the state closer to an average effort. As a result, the state would increase annual funding for Baltimore City and Prince George’s by $146.9 million and $202.9 million respectively by 2030. Thus, the County would be responsible for $91 million.

HBCU Funding

Students, alumni, professors and supporters packed a House committee room on Tuesday in support of a bill that would end the state’s long-running lawsuit over resources for historically black colleges and universities ― and direct an additional $577 million to the schools over the next decade.
House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones Jones (D-Baltimore County) is sponsoring the bill .Jones’ House Bill 1260 would require Maryland’s governor to distribute $57.7 million annually to Maryland’s HBCUs from the 2022 budget year through 2031.

Fair Funding Coalition

The Fair Funding Coalition, which is pressing for passage of 10 bills that they say would close corporate loopholes, end policies that benefit special interests and establish a more equitable income tax system in the state.
The goal of the proposals is to raise dedicated revenues to help the state cover the costs of Kirwan Commission education reform proposals, which could become substantially more expensive in coming weeks as lawmakers consider tweaks to relieve local spending mandates.

According to Prince George’s County State Senator Paul Pinsky, “We would have had a hell of a lot of money,” Pinsky said, if his bill ( Combined Reporting) had been passed earlier.


UPCOMING EVENTS
Read Across District Heights
WHEN: MARCH 7, 2020

WHERE: 2000 Marbury Dr.
DISTRICT HEIGHTS, MD

TIME: 8:00 AM
Co-Teaching In a Middle School RELA Classroom
During this interactive presentation, participants will apply collaborative pra ctices to lesson planning and delivery of the RELA curriculum and spe cially designed instruction. In addition, participants will experience a model lesson from the RELA curriculum in the context of multiple co-teaching approaches.   
MyPPS PD Course Number: 12772   

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020

WHERE: PGCEA CENTER
8008 MARLBORO PIKE
FORESTVILLE, MD 20747

TIME: 4:30 PM

Savi Information Session
WHEN: THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020

WHERE: PGCEA CENTER
8008 MARLBORO PIKE
FORESTVILLE, MD 20747

TIME: 4:30 PM

Education Roundtable
Prince George’s County Education Community Roundtable is a group of residents, teachers, and community leaders created to form an alliance to support education in our county.

The group meets monthly to discuss issues surrounding education in our community. Together, we can find solutions and get results on how to address these issues.
Read Across Prince George's County
Read Across America

Is Your School Hosting an event for Read Across America Week? Let us know by emailing contacts@pgcea.org with the subject: "Read Across Prince George's County". We want to send some of our committed leadership to your school to participate.

Join us as we celebrate a nation of diverse readers with these recommended books, authors, and teaching resources that represent an array of experiences and cultures.

For more information on Read Across American and a tool kit click here .

INSTRUCTIONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE
The MSEA Instruction and Professional Development (IPD) Committee invites members to attend the 2020 IPD Conference. The theme for this year's conference is Embracing Humanity in Education. Workshops have been designed to help educators tackle the tough classroom issues of bias, student trauma, immigration, cybersafety, bullying in the workplace and much more.

DATE:  May 2, 2020
PLACE: Maritime Conference Center,  692 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
 
The online registration is now open and can be found on our website that includes workshop descriptions and more details.  Click here  for registration and information. Space is limited! Last year, workshops were full within 2 weeks of open registration! 
 
DEADLINE: Registration closes  on April 20, 2020 OR WHEN WORKSHOPS ARE FULL!
Prince George’s County Educators’ Association Foundation and Minority Affairs Scholarship
Prince George’s County Educators’ Association Foundation and Minority Affairs Scholarship

The Minority Affairs Committee of the Prince George's County Educators' Association has established a scholarship fund. Scholarships will be awarded to senior students who will graduate from Prince George's County public high schools in the 2019-2020 school year. Scholarships are a minimum of $500.00 and will be given in recognition of outstanding academic performance, leadership qualities, and financial need.

Know Your Contract

ARTICLE 7- TEACHER ASSIGNMENT
M.   Special Education teachers will be released from teaching and other duties at least five (5) days per school year to work on paperwork/IEP compliance at their work location. These days will be scheduled through agreement between the teacher and principal with no more than two (2) occurring in any one quarter. Teacher requests for the placement of these days will not be unreasonably denied. Substitutes shall be provided to cover any teaching or co-teaching assignments .
1.                  Agreed upon release time shall be in addition to any other school district provided leave or preparation time.

2.                  To the extent possible, employees shall have access to computers, printers, software and all other appropriate materials necessary to complete IEP’s.

What is the 2020 Census and
Why Does it Matter to Educators?
NEA #WeCount Campaign$
We recognize the importance of an accurate census count to ensuring that all our students and their families get the federal support they need. Every 10 years, the federal government aims to provide a complete count of EVERY person residing in the United States. Census numbers help determine the formulas for critical funding for our public schools, social programs, and infrastructure that make our communities thrive.
Get FREE Posters for the 2020 Census

NEA partnered with artist Marka27 to create special edition “I Count” posters to help educators increase awareness of the 2020 Census and encourage students and their families to participate in the safe and easy process.


Special Education Announcement

If you are a special education teacher in a co-teaching assignment, please take a moment to complete the attached brief survey. This survey is to solicit input on how these co-teaching assignments are working, and what issues can be identified with these assignments that need to be addressed. The information you provide will be very important as we look at what is working well with this service model and what challenges remain with this model. We thank you for your time in completing this short survey and providing your valuable feedback on this important teaching model.



Are you in PTA or PTO?
Help us to identify people who are involved in Parent Teacher Associations and Organizations. Complete this brief form .
 


Pre-Retirement Planning Conference
The Spring 2020 retirement planning conference will be held on March 21, 2020 at Dr. Henry A. Wise High School. For more information click here to see announcement .
 

Prince George’s County Six Pillars of Community Schools 
Prince George's County Community Schools:
A community school is a community hub — both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Community schools offer a personalized curriculum that emphasizes real-world learning and community problem-solving. Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone — all day, every day, evenings and weekends.
Get involved! Join a committee.