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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer | March 23, 1994
A Towson District Court judge yesterday dismissed criminal battery and trespassing charges filed last month against the executive director of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County in a dispute with a rival union.Judge Michael L. McCampbell found that if physical contact did occur between Thomas E. Harvey of the teachers association and Susan Orthaus, president of the Public School Nurses Association, it was incidental and without criminal intent.He also ruled that Mr. Harvey was not guilty of trespassing at a nurses association meeting he attended without invitation Feb. 15 because he left when he was told to go.Mrs.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
A grievance filed by Baltimore County teachers last fall over having to work extra-long hours because of new education initiatives has been resolved, school and teacher's union officials announced Friday. The grievance, filed in November on behalf of the county's 8,700 teachers, complained that their workload had ballooned, in large part because lesson plans had not been provided until just weeks before they were to be taught. Abby Beytin, president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County, said that county school Superintendent Dallas Dance addressed teachers' concerns by giving them more notice of changes this academic year in curriculum and other educational initiatives.
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October 17, 1991
The Anne Arundel Retired Teachers Association has announced its officers: president, Jean Trott of Galesville; president-elect, Edwin Copeland of Annapolis; recording secretary, Jeanne Jones of Stevensville; treasurer, Everett Pettigrew of Annapolis; assistant treasurer, Sylvia Garrison of Severn; corresponding secretary, Elaine Hollidayoke of Annapolis; and past president, Howard Hall of Millersville.The chapter was founded in 1940. Its charter members were Mary Cadell, Ethel Cole, Elizabeth Millikin, Lucy Redmond and Magdalene Worthington.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Anne Arundel County public schools will launch a pilot program in the new school year giving some elementary school students instruction in specific themes, including global studies, arts and the humanities, and the use of science and technology in society. Superintendent George Arlotto said Thursday each of the nine elementary schools that feed into North County High School will take part in the program, dubbed Triple E: Enhancing Elementary Excellence. It will begin Sept. 29, about a month after Monday's start of the school year.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2011
Baltimore County's average teacher salary is the lowest among large school systems in Maryland, but its two top officials are some of the highest-paid, according to data collected by the state. On average, teachers in the county earn $60,272 — less than the averages for Montgomery, Howard, Anne Arundel, Frederick and Prince George's counties. The highest average teacher pay in the state is $75,000 in Montgomery and the lowest is $52,594 in Dorchester County. "Not only are we behind the large suburban counties, we are behind many other counties," said Abby Beytin, president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County.
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By Monica Norton and Monica Norton,Staff Writer | February 8, 1993
Anne Arundel County teachers and school secretaries are suing the county government and Board of Education for money they lost when furloughed for four days in response to last year's round of state budget cuts.The Maryland State Teachers Association has scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. this morning in Annapolis to announce the suit, which is similar to one filed last week against the Worcester County Board of Education."We want the counties to honor their contracts," association President Jane R. Stern said in a prepared statement.
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By ROGER SIMON | February 9, 1992
When Margaret read the newsletter from the Maryland State Teachers Association a few days ago, she was outraged.The newsletter had an article on sexual diversity among schoolchildren.That article reported that the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development had recently passed resolutions asking members and school districts to acknowledge the special needs of gay and bisexual students, provide support services to them and adopt anti-harassment guidelines.
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October 27, 2004
William H. Shannon, former director of social studies for the Anne Arundel County public schools, died of pneumonia Friday at Mariner Health Care of Greater Laurel. The Jessup resident was 85. Dr. Shannon was born in Broadway, Va., and raised in Front Royal, Va. He was a graduate of Randolph Macon Military Academy and served in the Navy from 1942 to 1946 as a quartermaster aboard a minesweeper in the Pacific. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1947 from the College of William & Mary and taught history at Arundel, Catonsville and Lansdowne high schools.
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April 16, 1991
Nicholas Vrachos, who was a teacher in Maryland and Colorado public schools for 30 years, died Saturday of lung cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 63 and lived on East Baltimore Street.Services for Mr. Vrachos will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld funeral establishment, 6500 York Road.He retired in 1985 after a teaching career that included more than 20 years at Dundalk High School. When he came to Baltimore in the late 1950s, he taught at Brooklyn Park High School.
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September 19, 1990
Services for Virginia Lee Thompson, a retired educator, will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Faith Christian Worship Center, 125 N. Hilton St., where she had worked as a counselor and principal of the Mark of Excellence Christian Academy.Miss Thompson, who lived on Kenshaw Avenue, died Saturday at Levindale after a long illness. She was 59.She retired in 1988 after a year as a worship center counselor at the Christian academy and two years as its principal.From 1966 to 1984 Miss Thompson worked in the Baltimore school system.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Students around Anne Arundel County are getting ready to head back to school in a couple of weeks, but for one couple who recently moved to Maryland from Florida, the school year marks an even greater beginning. Marcio and Dee Rosado are starting as new teachers in the system this year and took part in Anne Arundel County public schools' teacher orientation this past week with a mix of excitement and anxiousness. Dee, 36, has been teaching kindergarten and first grade for 11 years.
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June 8, 2014
You may have seen the news earlier this week: My campaign for the House of Delegates made an error involving an authority line for which I take full responsibility ( "District 12 candidate Bailey charged with criminal election law violation," June 2). They say that taking responsibility, honesty and integrity are characteristics of sound leaders. I won't change. I won't be distracted from working for Baltimore and Howard counties' working- and middle-class families, small businesses, senior citizens and veterans to ensure they receive the representation they deserve and expect from their legislators.
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April 29, 2014
I am responding to your article "Baltimore County curriculum contract ended amid feuding" (April 27) by Liz Bowie . I am retiring after teaching elementary school in Baltimore County Public Schools for 28 years - 27 of which were fabulous, this past year a nightmare. In April, 2013 I wrote to Abby Beytin, the president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County to say that the elementary teachers would have a tsunami of the worst order in the fall due to an apparent lack of a language arts curriculum.
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February 21, 2014
Interim Superintendent Mamie Perkins has announced the formation of a 15-person task force to examine school start times and provide a report to the Board of Education in September. On Dec. 18, the board asked Perkins to create the task force, which will include school system personnel, officials from the Anne Arundel County Police Department and Department of Recreation and Parks and appointees from six groups with various affiliations with the county schools. Maureen McMahon, assistant superintendent for advanced studies and programs, and Kathy Lane, executive director of alternative education, will co-chair the task force.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
The Anne Arundel County Board of Education voted Wednesday to fully fund teacher salary step increases in this year's operating budget request - a move that is slated to add $6.2 million to the overall $1.04 billion package interim Superintendent Mamie Perkins recommended in December. The board voted 8-1 to fund the increases as it adopted the county schools' operating and capital budget proposal. School officials said the step increases - automatic increases given to employees as they move up the pay ladder - are part of funding its agreements with teacher bargaining units.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
The Baltimore County school system is eliminating the jobs of more than 100 technology teachers in elementary schools next fall, saying it is time to move away from teaching technology in a computer laboratory. The change means students in some schools will no longer take a once-a-week computer class, using a computer lab to learn skills and do research. Under the new technology plan, the district intends to provide pupils and their teachers in 10 elementary schools with tablets or laptops next year.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2012
The Anne Arundel County teachers union is criticizing the school system's decision to allow some schools to set their own minimum benchmarks for grades, saying that the practice may undermine countywide standards of excellence. School officials said that some schools have implemented a grade minimum — in some cases, 50 percent — for students who complete assignments or exams and show effort. The changes come as the school system has moved away from letter grades at the end of marking periods.
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August 29, 2009
Md. Teachers Association changing its name The Maryland State Teachers Association, the union that represents the majority of Maryland public school employees, is changing its name to the Maryland State Education Association, effective Tuesday, to better reflect the range of its members who are not teachers. Formed in 1866, the association originally only recruited teachers as members but has changed over the years to welcome other education-related professionals such as administrators, support employees, students majoring in education and retired teachers.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2013
Baltimore County teachers at a town hall meeting Thursday night told Superintendent Dallas Dance they are desperately trying to keep up with the fast pace of state-mandated educational changes that have brought them more work and much frustration. Teachers, some in tears and some angry, said the first year of the county's introduction of its new curriculum tied to the Common Core had significant problems that have yet to be addressed. More than 100 teachers attended the forum, the first Dance has held with teachers.
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By Liz Bowie and By Liz Bowie | November 22, 2013
Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance said Friday that he has asked for more information from the teachers union after reading the grievance it filed earlier this week. Dance said he has reviewed the grievance, filed on behalf of the county's 8,700 teachers, and talked to the teachers union president, Abby Beytin, a month ago about the concerns teachers have over the amount of work they have been expected to do outside of their regular workday. Teachers have said that the curriculum based on the Common Core standards, introduced this year in the county, has been plagued with problems and produced additional work for teachers.
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