Speak Out!

April 20, 2005

THE ISSUE:

After state education officials declared contract negotiations at an impasse, the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County, which represents teachers and other school-based employees, voted last week to "work to rule" - performing all duties required by their contract during the regular workday but no longer volunteering time for tutoring or extracurricular activities for which they are not paid. Union officials requested the impasse designation because they say proposed cost-of-living increases fall far below what neighboring jurisdictions are offering.School officials say they would like to offer more, but they would need more county funds.

YOUR VIEW

Should teachers "work to rule" when they feel their pay is too low, compared with other jurisdictions?

Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by Thursday. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published Sunday.

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