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PGCPS Teachers Receive Step Increase, Bonus

The Board of Education unanimously approved a new three-year contact with the teacher's union Tuesday.

Prince George’s County Public School teachers will see a pay increase for the first time in three years thanks to a new, three-year contract agreed to by their union, the Prince George’s County Educator’s Association (PGCEA), and the Prince George’s County Board of Education.

Verjeana Jacobs, board chair and District 5 representative praised the agreement in a press release, calling it “a huge victory for our students.” 

“Despite having to cope with significant budget cuts our teachers remained dedicated to our students. They should be rewarded for their unwavering commitment to education,” she stated in the release. 

Highlights of the contract include a step increase for the 2012-2013 school year and a one-time 2 percent payment for those at the top of the pay scale. According to glassdoor.com, on average, PGCPS teachers make around $63,000 a year, although a veteran teacher with a doctorate degree could make more than $100,000 a year. 

“This contract is an important step towards showing our appreciation for the hard work and dedication of educators across Prince George’s County,” County Executive Rushern Baker said in the press release. “I also want to commend PGCEA and the Board of Education for working together for the success of our students and families.”

Other highlights of the contract include permission for teachers to telework on grading/planning days and the establishment of a joint council to address staff recruitment, placement and development in schools.

Shaka Zulu October 25, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Good for the teachers, they deserve every dime they earn as long as the students learn, now can we get the parents to do their part and help the teachers please, teachers are not baby sitters, raise your children and have them to school on time and ready to learn.
Kasha March 25, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Though the pay step was a point in the right direction and was helpful; we still have a long way to go. There are teachers who seriously struggling to maintain a living, and things need to get better. Teachers are the most respected yet disrespected profession when it comes to salary and the work that we do. For the record, I have been in the county since 2005, and I do not make around 63,000 a year. I have also been told that when I complete my Master's Degree I will not receive a pay increase for holding a Masters. As I said, its a point in the right direction, now PGCPS and PGCEA need to walk down the path.

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