Baltimore County Teachers Rally, Demand Change – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A protest outside the Baltimore County Board of Education meeting prompted a response from Baltimore County Public Schools on Tuesday.

Protesters are calling for a change in the way the school district disciplines its students. PThose involved were also unhappy about how the school district responded to achievement issues.

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This call for change stems from growing concerns about the safety of students and staff in Baltimore County following a year of violence in school classrooms.

TABCO President Cindy Sexton said: “Nobody will learn if no one is safe.

The NAACP and teachers union joined forces outside of Baltimore County Public Schools headquarters to spread their message about what Randallstown NAACP President Ryan Coleman described as violence out of control.

“I think the school board needs to review their discipline policy and make sure it’s up to date and it’s actually working,” Coleman said.

Video of students fighting has gone viral online. One of them caught students fighting in the parking lot at Dundalk High School in October.

Another shows some students at Perry Hall spraying one person with pepper spray, taking them to the hospital.

But that’s not all teachers want to see improved. Other major problems include staff shortages, poor academic performance and unfair pay.

“We need to attract and retain our educators,” said TABCO President Cindy Sexton. “We have hundreds of opportunities and we will have many more.”

“BCPS always appreciates the opportunity to hear from stakeholder groups such as the Randallstown branch of the NAACP and TABCO who are looking for constructive solutions to issues challenging the school system. school and the community at large,” Baltimore County Public Schools spokesman Charles Herndon said in the statement.

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BCPS Superintendent Darryl Williams is committed to working closely with district partners to find solutions to those challenges, Herndon said.

“BCPS has taken many steps to address the issues surrounding school environments, student behavior, staff compensation, and school safety that currently affect every school district in the United States.” Herndon said.

The Baltimore City Public Schools plans to hold a series of designated meetings to gather feedback on the Student Code of Conduct by the end of May.

Meeting schedule:

Administrators: Monday, May 23 at 5 p.m

Teacher: Tuesday, May 24 at 5 p.m

Parents: Wednesday, May 25 at 5:30pm

Student: Thursday, May 26 at 4:30 p.m

Community partners: Thursday, May 26 at 5:30pm

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Links to each meeting can be found here. Baltimore County Teachers Rally, Demand Change – CBS Baltimore

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