Baltimore County continues to hire for jobs outside the classroom
In today's Baltimore Sun I write about how the county school system has hired 35 more people at an annual salary cost of about $1.9 million while cutting nearly 200 teaching positions. What has made some parents upset is that the school system cut teachers first when it needed to find some cost savings, rather than spreading the pain around the system. The second question that might be asked is whether there are programs that could have been cut in order to save classroom teaching positions. The system currently has 36 vacancies, and presumably could freeze those jobs, or at least some of them, in order to cut back on the teaching positions they need to eliminate. But by August 1, most of the damage will be done because after that date, teachers who were in their jobs cannot return to their schools. So all of the excessed teachers will have been removed from their schools and the student schedules will have been finished for the coming year. All excessed teachers who are put back into a school because there aren't places for them elsewhere - and there are still 20 of those left at this moment - will end up being one of the overstaffed teachers. The term overstaffed means that you can't be given a class because you could have to be yanked out and put into a different classroom if there's a vacancy somewhere else in the system.