MCPS Sends E-Mail Offering $5,000 Incentive For Dual-Certified Teachers to Volunteer to Transfer Into Special-Ed Program; MCEA Rejects Agreement Citing Equitable Treatment for Current Educators

On Friday Afternoon, MCPS sent an e-mail to teachers offering a $5,000 incentive for dual-certified teachers to transfer from their current assignment into an identified special education program. The e-mail states that the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA) agreed to the incentive, “Through a collaborative negotiation with the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA), MCPS has agreed to provide a one-time $5,000 incentive to any dual-certificated teacher who volunteers to transfer from their current assignment into an identified special education program.  The incentive will be paid in two equal installments, in October and in February, to any teacher selected by MCPS to transfer.”

On Friday evening at 7:30pm, the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA) sent a message to members in response to the e-mail offering the incentive. In the message, MCEA states that they have “been engaged in negotiations with MCPS throughout the summer over special education staffing concerns”, but that “when MCPS disseminated their communication MCEA had not ratified or signed any agreement related to incentives for current employees who are dual-certified educators.” The MCEA Board of Directors (BOD) held an emergency meeting on Friday afternoon, following the MCPS email, and voted to reject the tentative agreement because it lacks a binding commitment from MCPS for equitable treatment for current special educators. The BOD has instructed the MCEA negotiation team to go back to the bargaining table to achieve a tentative agreement that includes a complete package that honors the commitment of all special educators.

The e-mail sent to teachers by MCPS contained a one-page Google Form for any teachers interested in making the switch to fill out. The form will be available until 8am on Monday, August 22, the first day teachers will be reporting back to school for pre-service week. Per the MCPS e-mail, “While this is a short turnaround from when you receive this email, MCPS is looking to make decisions as quickly as possible to allow for as much time as possible during pre-service week for the selected individuals to move to their new school.“

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Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

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Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

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301-949-9416 (text preferred)

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