Teachers air their gripes

March 27, 1992|By Meredith Schlow | Meredith Schlow,Staff Writer

About 50 teachers crowded into the Baltimore County school board meeting at the Greenwood headquarters last night to reaffirm their unhappiness over budget cuts, lack of pay raises, furlough days and crowded classrooms.

"I have been talking since November about the frustration of the teachers out here," Ed Veit, president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO), told board members. "I have said that the teachers have had it, and no one has heard me or understood me."

Earlier, about 60 county educators, part of an organization called the Federation of Indignant Teachers, met at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall on Harford Road in Parkville and questioned the effectiveness of TABCO.

"TABCO is limited in its response and in what it can do," said Kenneth J. Shapiro, a guidance counselor at Hillendale Elementary School. "The most effective thing that we've done in the past 10 years was on March 17th," he said, referring to a sickout staged by many teachers that day.

County teachers say they will now refuse to perform all voluntary services, and will work only during the designated hours required by their contracts.

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