ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) – There are two bills in the state legislature that the Maryland State Education Association says will help address the ongoing teacher shortage crisis.
Maryland teachers are campaigning for smaller class sizes.
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“I have taught in situations where I have 36-40 students,” said Maryland Teacher of the Year 2017 Sia Kyriakakos. “It is inhumane and unsafe. At the time, I wondered if anyone really cared about whether I was teaching content to my kids.”
They also favor bonuses for support staff as many of them make less than $35,000 a year.
“School support staff are the backbone of a safe, healthy, supportive learning and work environment and must exist if educators and students are to succeed,” said Pia Morrison, SEIU Local President. 500 said.
Those two things can help solve the staffing crisis they’ve been dealing with for years, the Maryland State Education Association says.
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Thursday, the association met with the legislators behind two bills in the state legislature that address these issues.
One of the bills would give $500 in bonuses to education support professionals like cafeteria workers, security and maintenance staff.
The other method will make the class size smaller depending on the grade level.
“The better thing is that the kids and the teachers can have a fairer class size and handle it better and the kids will learn better,” said Baltimore parent Allie Nestadt. “The teachers won’t burn out quickly.”
“They deserve more than we are giving them because they are literally feeding our youth,” Nestadt said.
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The bill includes bonuses for support staff that would give them $500 a year for two years. It will also set up a working group to find ways to give them a permanent pay rise.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/02/24/two-bills-in-state-legislature-could-ease-teacher-shortage-maryland-education-association-says/ Two State Legislature Bills Could Help Ease Teacher Shortage, says Maryland Education Association – CBS Baltimore