Teacher’s Union: “We are continually disheartened and disgusted by the continuing revelations of corruption, malfeasance, and unsafe working conditions in MCPS”

The Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA) teacher’s union released a statement in response to the Montgomery County Office of the Inspector General releasing a new report on Wednesday, January 24, regarding Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) handling of employee misconduct related complaints and investigations. The full statement can be seen below:

“We are continually disheartened and disgusted by the continuing revelations of corruption, malfeasance, and unsafe working conditions in MCPS. Said Danillya Wilson, MCEA Secretary and Vice President-Elect, “At a time when we should be working together to demand a budget that meets the actual needs of our students, we are constantly sidetracked with additional stories of MCPS’s mismanagement.”

Today’s release of the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) report on MCPS complaint processing makes clear that the superintendent and other top executives, either due to incompetence or willful avoidance of duty, allowed credible allegations of sexual harassment and bullying to go unaddressed.

This failure to put systems in place and follow them with fidelity–even after receiving multiple warnings about shoddy processes–indicates a callous disregard for the safety and wellbeing of staff and further erodes our confidence in senior leaders entrusted with oversight of this work.

As the OIG wrote, “Not taking action on observed deficiencies and choosing not to implement recommendations contributes to MCPS’s inability to appropriately respond to serious employee health and safety risks, degrades confidence in MCPS, and may leave staff vulnerable to other employees’ misconduct.”

The Board must put a swift end to the chaos. They should appoint leaders who will work to address the challenges we face in our work each day, such as staffing shortages in special education and other crucial areas, unfilled substitute teaching positions and related unpaid class coverage, and concerns over a lack of covid leave.

There’s ample evidence that changes in top leadership are needed if we are to restore trust in the system.

President Jennifer Martin stated, “Every day that the current controversy continues, the system is failing to support the 14,000 educators who strive to give our students the excellent learning opportunities they need and deserve. MCEA calls on the board to choose leaders who can restore trust in the system and who will support the critical work we do with students each day.”

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AC Milan Soccer Camp at Maryland Soccerplex

AC Milan Academy is hosting a soccer camp at Maryland Soccerplex from March 1st through March 3rd for girls and boys aged 5 to 16 from any club who want to develop their soccer skills and learn the unique methodology of AC Milan directly from AC Milan coaches.

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