Every three years or so, PGCEA members sit down with the Board of Education representatives to discuss wages, benefits, and working conditions. Agreements reached as a part of these talks become the contract between the Board of Education and PGCEA members. The contract governs everyone in our bargaining unit, including teachers, specialists, guidance counselors, speech and occupational therapists, pupil personnel workers, and psychologists. Bolded text denotes new content in the 2023-2025 Negotiated Agreement.
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The Board of Education of Prince George’s County and the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association recognize that the development of a quality educational program for the children of Prince George’s County, Maryland, is a joint responsibility. In entering into this Agreement, both the Board and PGCEA recognize that the experience, creativity and the judgment of both parties are necessary to fulfill the educational needs of the community.
To this end the Board and PGCEA mutually pledge to subscribe to its terms with patience, understanding and good will.
By Resolution, the Board of Education of Prince George’s County designated two units for its certificated employees. This Agreement affects those certificated employees who are members of Unit I, hereinafter referred to as Unit I employee. A copy of the Board’s Resolution is attached in the Appendices accompanying this Agreement.
In the event that a specific program established or desired for a particular school which will improve the quality of instruction requires a modification of this Negotiated Agreement, PGCEA and the Chief Executive Officer of Schools must agree to such discrete modifications. Proposals for modification will be considered on a case by case basis, in writing, for a period of one school year. Additional years may be requested.
This Agreement is made and entered into by and between the Board of Education of Prince George’s County and the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association for the period of July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2025.
On or before January 1 of a negotiating year, representatives of the Board and PGCEA shall enter into discussions regarding the contents of a new Agreement.
If any provision of this Agreement or any application thereof to any Unit I member or group of Unit I members is held to be contrary to law by a court of competent jurisdiction, such provision or application will not be deemed valid and subsisting, except to the extent permitted by law, but all other provisions or applications will continue in full force and effect. The parties will meet not later than ten days after any such ruling for the purpose of considering the implication of said ruling and developing an interpretation for the employees. Nothing in this Agreement is intended to deny or abrogate any of the powers or responsibilities of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer that have been assigned to them by any Maryland Law or regulation of the State Board of Education, except as specifically enumerated as conferred hereafter as a unit member’s rights, privilege, salary or fringe benefit.
Any written communication to be given by one party or the other under this Agreement, will be given by email, and/or registered mail, or regular carrier. If given by the Board, said notice will be sent by email, or by registered mail, and/or regular carrier to the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association, 8008 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, Maryland 20747. Email communication shall be sent to the PGCEA President and Executive Director. Either party may, by written notice, change the address at which notice to it may be given. The PGCEA President and Executive Director will be included in any system wide or Unit I employee related communications. Such communications will be sent to the PGCEA email addresses shared by the Association.
Within thirty (30) days ratification by the members, copies of this Agreement will be distributed by the Board on its website for all employed and newly hired Unit I members. All PGCEA Association Representatives, building principals and PGCEA shall be provided hard copies. Hard copies shall also be available to unit members upon request. PGCEA and the Board will agree on the format to be used and will share the cost of printing.
In accordance with Education Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, Section 6-410, PGCEA, or any group of employees represented by PGCEA, shall be prohibited from calling, or directing, or abetting any strike, slow down or any action which interferes with the operation of the schools.
This Agreement, when ratified and duly signed by the President of PGCEA, the Executive Director of PGCEA, the Chairperson of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer shall be valid and binding for the duration of this Agreement.
Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to supersede any provision of the Constitution or the Code of Maryland. Monetary matters agreed to herein shall not be reopened for any cause, other than as set forth in Section 1.01 hereof and for interpretation, for the duration of this Agreement without the mutual consent of both parties.
The parties agree that there shall be a committee composed of not more than four members appointed by PGCEA and four members appointed by the Chief Executive Officer. The Committee will be co-chaired by the Chief Executive Officer/designee and the Association/designee. The parties agree to collaborate in a respectful and meaningful manner and within a timeframe that provides an opportunity to formulate solutions to common issues. The committee will meet monthly or as otherwise mutually agreed to exchange views and information, address matters of interest and mutual concerns and explore opportunities for mutually advantageous ways to improve the relationship between the parties and improve the effectiveness of the school system. The Labor Management Committee will, as the parties deem appropriate, establish subcommittees to address topics of mutual interest that will enhance the work environment for staff.
The parties agree that this Committee is solely for the purpose of exchanging views and information and shall not be deemed or construed as a substitute for collective bargaining or the grievance process
The Board of Education of Prince George’s County, hereafter referred to as the “Board,” recognizes the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association, hereinafter referred to as “PGCEA”, pursuant to Title 6 Education Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, as the sole and exclusive bargaining representative of Unit I.
PGCEA acknowledges the powers and responsibilities conferred to the Board by law.
PGCEA recognizes its responsibility to represent fully and equally without discrimination, all Unit I members contained in Unit I in all relationships necessary in the administration of this Agreement.
No other employee organization, association or group shall be recognized as a representative of a unit member in disputes concerning this Negotiated Agreement before the Board of Education or any of its officials.
In carrying out their responsibilities under this Agreement, neither the Board nor PGCEA shall take discriminatory action against any unit member on account of gender, race, age, religion, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or other reasons.
The Board will make a reasonable effort to notify PGCEA within a reasonable timeframe of any modification of positions in the PGCEA bargaining unit or of any job-related changes in the official position descriptions or duties of unit members.
The Board shall not hire contract employees for PGCPS Unit I positions without notification to PGCEA. If requested, discussion of the need and purpose of such action will occur with PGCEA.
The following list of terms will be used frequently in the Agreement and whenever they are used they will refer to the definitions described below unless otherwise stipulated:
A. In accordance with existing regulations for school facility use, PGCEA and its representatives shall have the right to use school buildings for meetings, provided that when special custodial service is required, the Board may make the customary charge.
B. PGCEA will have the right to place notices, circulars, and other material in each school building on designated PGCEA bulletin boards of appropriate size and in mailboxes. Authorized representatives of the PGCEA will assume responsibility for posting or distributing materials for PGCEA. Posted materials shall be kept current.
C. The Board agrees to furnish to PGCEA names, home mailing addresses, PGCPS email addresses, EIN, dues withheld and resignations of PGCEA members. The Board will provide to PGCEA the names, work locations, and EIN for new unit members on or about September 1, October 1, November 1, and then on a quarterly basis during the school year. The process of exchange of information currently employed for this purpose will be continued.
D. If negotiations are scheduled during the school day, the individuals on the team and mutually agreed upon consultants shall be released from their regular duties without loss of pay to attend joint negotiation sessions. Exceptions shall be arranged by mutual agreement of the chairpersons of the teams. PGCEA agrees to reimburse the Board for substitutes used for this purpose.
E. Duly authorized representatives of PGCEA shall be permitted to transact official PGCEA business on school property at reasonable times provided that this shall not interfere with or interrupt normal school operations or prevent the Board employees from performing their professional responsibilities.
Conferences involving the principal or other supervisors must be scheduled at mutually convenient times.
F. All Association representatives, members of the Board of Directors and members of the Nominations, Elections & Credentials Commission, shall be excused from their schools at 3:30 p.m. to attend the duly called Representative Council meetings which are scheduled to begin prior to the hour of 5:00 p.m. that day.
G. PGCEA is authorized in accordance with the Letter of the Carrier exception, to use the interschool mail facility and school system’s electronic mail service to distribute material. PGCEA agrees to indemnify and hold the Board harmless from and against any and all claims, actions, liabilities and/or penalties in the event the U.S. Postal Service, or any agency of the Federal government investigates or brings charges against the Board in connection with PGCEA’s use of the Pony or electronic mail system.
PGCEA will adhere to PGCPS policies and procedures regarding acceptable usage guidelines and email. PGCEA will pay any costs, expenses, fines, penalties and reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred by the Board in connection with any such investigation, hearing or litigation resulting therefrom.
Excepting the period of time that there is an election to determine which employee organization shall be deemed the exclusive representative of the public school employees presently represented by PGCEA, PGCEA shall be the only employee organization with the right to distribute materials into the unit members’ mailboxes at the various schools provided however, that unless the principal or authorized designee of a particular school can be proven to be culpable of a violation of this provision, no grievance shall be filed by PGCEA or any of its members in the event of such a violation.
H. As the exclusive representative organization, PGCEA, shall be the only organization representing Unit I members which shall be granted deductions for membership dues and other fees.
I. All members of the unit represented by PGCEA desiring payroll deduction of membership dues will submit a signed statement in duplicate authorizing dues deductions. One copy of this signed statement will be submitted to the Benefits Administration Office and the other copy will be filed with PGCEA. It is understood that this signed statement will constitute a continuing membership and those members of the unit who wish to withdraw their authorization for payroll deductions of membership dues must give timely notice in writing to both PGCEA and the Benefits Administration Office of the Board of Education during the thirty calendar day period beginning the first duty day for teachers of the school year they wish to withdraw their authorization.
PGCEA membership dues will be given a priority status over all other voluntary deductions authorized by a PGCEA member.
In the event that the member does not have sufficient monies to cover all voluntary deductions, PGCEA dues will be deducted and the balance forwarded to the employee. The Board of Education will notify PGCEA, on a monthly basis, if a unit member(s) having PGCEA dues paid through an authorized payroll deduction terminates employment.
It being expressly understood that, absent a showing of gross negligence on the part of the Board employees charged with the supervision of payroll deductions of dues, the Board shall not be responsible to PGCEA for any dues not withheld.
J. PGCEA Association representatives will be permitted time to make announcements at the end of faculty meetings, provided Unit I members who do not wish to stay will be free to leave the meeting.
K. Except as to bylaws and rulings by the State Board of Education to the contrary, the rights granted to the Association shall not be granted to any other employee organization during the term of this Agreement.
L. PGCEA shall be provided with a two (2) hour continuous block of time during the new educator induction period scheduled at the beginning of the new work year to brief new Unit I members on topics of the Association’s choosing. PGCEA shall be granted exclusive rights to include membership recruitment materials in the Board’s packet which is provided to newly employed Unit I members. All material shall be approved by the Chief Human Resources Officer before inclusion in this packet.
M. Any complaint by a PGCEA officer or Association representative of harassment in the performance of their official Association duties may be processed under Administrative Procedure 4170.
The chairpersons of PGCEA and the Board of Education negotiating teams shall arrange for an exchange of communications between PGCEA and the Board of Education encompassing, but not limited to the following:
A. Agenda of the respective Boards of these two entities prior to the day of the relevant meeting.
B. Newsletters and other similar publications produced and distributed by the respective organizations.
C. Financial documents of the Board of Education and PGCEA, including a financial report of status of employee group insurance programs as they become available.
D. Minutes of public meetings of each organization.
E. Memos, bulletins, or other like publications which are sent to all professional employees, divisions, or departments of the profession by either organization.
F. PGCEA shall be provided with a current copy of the Board of Education Administrative Policies with any changes made therein from time to time.
G. Upon reasonable request, the Board will provide available information necessary to permit the Association to bargain understandingly, police the administration of this Agreement and prepare for coming negotiations.
H. PGCEA shall be provided a quarterly report by school, of Unit I position transfers, resignations, retirements and terminations.
When the need arises, officers, Board members, committee chairpersons and members designated by approval of the Board of Directors of PGCEA may attend essential local, state, and national meetings with no loss of pay or personal or annual leave. No more than a total of two-hundred twenty-five (225) days aggregate and cumulative for all professional employees or six (6) days for any one individual shall be approved in any school year. Exceptions to this provision shall be a ten (10) day maximum for the elected treasurer of the Association and one other individual designated by the Association.
Other exceptions may be granted upon approval by the Chief Human Resources Officer. When the immediate supervisor is unable to make emergency arrangements, the Board will be reimbursed by PGCEA for the cost of substitutes used on a full or half-day basis. Application for such leave shall be made in writing to the Chief Human Resources Officer as far in advance as practicable and ordinarily at least forty- eight (48) hours in advance. PGCEA and its officers recognize and agree that this privilege should not be abused. This section does not apply to summer school teaching. The Board will develop appropriate leave codes for use when PGCEA members are absent from their work location for professional organization involvement leave.
If the Friday of the Annual Convention of the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA), is scheduled as a Unit I professional development or other non-student workday, attendance at the Convention shall be accepted by PGCPS as appropriate use of that day. Unit I employees not attending the Convention shall have the opportunity to work virtually or in person. Should it be a scheduled student instructional day, the Board will grant up to 200 days for use by PGCEA members who are elected as representatives to the Annual Convention of the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA). Use of such leave requires PGCEA to submit a master list of approved names to the Chief of Human Resources.
The Board shall release the person duly elected as President from normal assigned duty to function on a full time basis for PGCEA.
PGCEA will reimburse the Board for the salary and fringe benefits the President normally would receive. The President will be treated as though on sabbatical leave.
An individual employed by the Board as an eleven (11) month employee shall receive one (1) additional month’s salary with all related costs to be reimbursed to the Board by PGCEA. Said increase in salary shall be treated as normal salary for retirement purposes during the period of approved leave.
A. A Faculty Advisory Council is to be established by the Unit I members in every school, work site or department.
B. The Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) shall consist of:
C. The elected Association Representative(s), or any four Unit I members shall issue a call to organize the FAC and the election procedures will be determined by the Unit I members of the school, work site or department. Once elected, FAC members shall serve until the start of the subsequent 10-month employee work year.
D. At the above meeting where the membership of the Faculty Advisory Council is set, the faculty shall determine the parliamentary authority as consistent herein and what shall constitute a quorum for a Faculty Advisory Council meeting.
E. Meetings with a specific agenda, which have been made known to the faculty prior to the meeting, may be held at the call of:
F. The purpose of the FAC is to provide the Unit I members with a mechanism by which they may discuss school operating procedures, curriculum development, scheduling of meetings, instructional programs, budget requests and any other areas of professional concern. Its function shall be solely to advise the principal/supervisor of any given worksite on internal matters and nothing in this Agreement shall be so construed as to authorize or enable the FAC to effect unilateral changes in county-wide educational policies as may from time to time be established in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland.
G. Minutes of every meeting, including all FAC recommendations, shall be prepared for release to the Unit I members. Any action on FAC recommendations shall be reported on the agenda of the subsequent meeting and the principal/supervisor will inform the FAC of the rationale for the action. School administration will respond to concerns raised by the FAC in a reasonable amount of time.
H. Upon the formation and organization of the FAC, the chair of the FAC of each worksite shall send a copy of the roster to PGCEA and to the principal or supervisor designated by the Chief Executive Officer.
I. Unit I members, who are not assigned to a school faculty, may form a representative group to meet with the supervisors of such employees on a regular basis.
I. The Chair of the FAC or designee shall serve as a representative to the school improvement/planning team
The goal of a grievance procedure is to secure at the lowest possible level an equitable solution to complaints and/or grievances which may arise from time to time. Both parties agree that these proceedings shall be kept confidential at each level of this procedure. Every effort must be exhausted at each step before appealing to the next step.
B. Definitions, as applied to ARTICLE 5.
Unit I member(s) electing to use the grievance procedure are required to follow the steps outlined below specifically. Since it is important that grievances be processed as rapidly as possible, the number of days indicated at each level shall be regarded as a maximum, and every effort shall be made to expedite the process. The time limits specified may, however, be extended by mutual agreement between PGCEA and the Administration.
A Unit I member(s) with a grievance shall first discuss it informally with that person’s immediate supervisor within eight (8) days of the alleged wrong. If requested, a PGCEA Association Representative and/or official PGCEA designee may meet with the parties involved. A principal or supervisor who schedules such a conference may request representation from the office of the Chief Human Resources Officer.
In the event the aggrieved party is not satisfied with the decision of the principal or supervisor, the grievant will, within fifteen (15) business days by mail, by hand, or email cause to be delivered the copy of the complaint and its answer to the Chief Human Resources Officer and one copy to PGCEA. The Chief Human Resources Officer will have twenty (20) business days from receipt of the grievance to render a written decision. The Chief Human Resources Officer or designee may schedule a meeting with the aggrieved party or may refer the matter to the appropriate Associate Superintendent for a conference, if such a meeting or conference might serve to resolve the grievance at this step. If the decision is made to schedule a meeting or a conference, it shall be held at the earliest mutually convenient time. In such instances, the timeline for written response will be adjusted. A PGCEA staff member may be present at the meeting or conference. Copies will be sent to the aggrieved person, the principal or supervisor and PGCEA.
If the aggrieved party is not satisfied with the decision of the Chief Human Resources Officer or if the Chief Human Resources Officer fails to render a decision within the prescribed time, PGCEA will have 15 business days in which to provide written request for Arbitration. Upon receipt, an arbitrator shall be appointed from a panel consisting of three (3) mutually agreeable arbitrators and six (6) additional arbitrators with three (3) named by PGCEA and three (3) named by the Board annually on or about July 1 of each year. Each of the parties may replace their selected arbitrators during the year. The three (3) mutually agreed arbitrators may only be changed, if necessary, by mutual agreement of both parties.
Selection shall be made by alternately striking names from the list until one name remains within thirty (30) days of receipts of the grievance at the Step 4 level. Such person shall be designated as the arbitrator.
The parties understand and agree that those matters not covered by this Agreement are, consistent with Section 1.06 herein, reserved for Board policy and that, therefore, only grievances as defined in Section 4.02 herein are subject to arbitration under this Agreement. The arbitrator’s decision shall be final and binding on both parties, subject to the following principles:
A. Unit I members employed for ten months may be scheduled to work 192 days in the school year.
B. The Annual Calendar Committee appointed by the Chief Executive Officer will prepare a calendar in accordance with the above stipulations. The committee shall have a representative of PGCEA selected by the PGCEA President. The final composition of the Calendar Committee will include a person currently assigned as a classroom teacher in addition to the PGCEA representative. This classroom teacher will be appointed by the PGCEA president. The calendar prepared by the Committee shall be submitted to the Unit I members for consideration. After consideration by the Unit I members the Calendar Committee shall consider their reactions before making their final recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer.
A. The work day is a day of regular duty. Unless extenuating circumstances do not allow for such, the start and closing time of the work day established at each work site shall not be changed without at least 5 days’ notice to staff. In the event that a change in start and closing times creates an undue hardship or has an adverse impact on a Unit I member, the Unit I member may seek an administrative transfer.
B. Lunch Period
Each Each Unit I member shall be provided a lunch period free of duty each regularly scheduled school day as established by Maryland School Law. The period shall extend for at least thirty (30) minutes. Changes will only be made due to unforeseeable circumstances. The principal is responsible for implementing this provision. Any difficulty in scheduling that would prevent this should be reported immediately to the Associate Superintendent.
C. Planning Time
D. Collaborative Planning:
F. Covering for Non-classroom Based Educators
G. School Administration will work collaboratively with Unit I members and the Faculty Advisory Council to develop an equitable duty schedule for all staff members for lunch, recess, and other required duties overseeing the student population. Should an unscheduled emergency require that a Unit I member does not receive all or a portion of his/her planning time for the purpose of lunch/recess duty coverage, the member will be compensated in addition to their regular pay at the hourly rate of thirty dollars ($30.00) for FY23, thirty-two dollars ($32.00) in FY24 and thirty-four ($34.00) in FY25 in no less than half hour increments for that planning period. This entitlement does not include days where the school system has a delayed opening or early dismissal.
H. Except for the lunch period, any non-teaching time of a teacher shall be devoted to professional activities such as planning the instructional program, conferring or meeting with pupils, parents and colleagues, studying and maintaining records and any other professional endeavors.
I. Occasionally Unit I members may be called upon to use their non-teaching time to cover unscheduled situations not normally part of their regular assignment. Such assignment shall be on an equitable basis.
J. Early Departure
K. The principal of each school, with review of the Faculty Advisory Council, will work out an equitable duty load for all members of the faculty, including itinerant Unit I members. Itinerant Unit I members shall share in duties in proportion to the amount of time they are scheduled at any one site. An itinerant Unit I member shall not be assigned duties in excess of that which he/she would be assigned if full-time in one school. Principals are expected to be sensitive to each Unit 1 member’s need to consistently have the full amount of planning time as provided by Section 6.2 C. for individual planning.
L. EXTENDED DUTY DAY COMPENSATION
M. NON SCHOOL BASED SCHEDULES
Non School-Based Unit I members, may, in coordination and approval of their supervisor, adjust their weekly work schedule as these educators and their supervisor determine given the priorities and scope of the work. Requests for adjustments will not be unreasonably denied.
A. Secondary Unit I members will be assigned to their major or minor field of certification and should not be assigned more than three different subject preparations. Preparations are defined by different course codes (ex. AP, on-level, honors, co-taught, supported inclusion) taught at different times.
B. Unit I members will be provided tentative assignments in writing by the principal/supervisor for the following school term on or before the last duty day for ten-month employees. Such assignment may not be changed after the last duty day unless unforeseen circumstances cause the principal to make such changes. When changes need to be made, notification setting forth the reasons for the change shall be promptly given to the Unit I member in writing at the address on file in the school and by email sent to their PGCPS email address.
C. When a Principal has to assign a teacher to teach a subject outside the certified field(s) of the teacher, in order to avoid an involuntary transfer, the following shall apply:
D. Assignment to more than one teaching station in the same building shall be made on the following conditions:
E. Each elementary teacher has the option of leaving the room for planning time when their students are under the exclusive supervision of another certificated employee. The joint Labor Management Relations Committee will meet and discuss the substitute teacher scheduling and call in process and identify solutions that will be submitted to the Chief Executive Officer and President of PGCEA. This issue shall be a topic of discussion for the Joint Labor Management Relations Committee.
F. The principal shall be responsible for obtaining substitutes for classroom teachers who are absent. Unit I members shall not be responsible for finding substitutes for their primary or assigned duties, such as arrival, lunch, or dismissal duties if they are going to be absent from work.
G. Job Sharing
With the approval of the principal and the Chief Human Resources Officer, two teachers may volunteer to share a classroom teaching assignment. Approval of such job-sharing would be based upon educationally sound principles and assurance that the students involved will not be adversely affected by such an assignment.
In those instances, where job-sharing is approved, the assignment will be for one year at a time. Extension of such an assignment will be based upon an evaluation of the successful completion of the educational goals and objectives set forth at the beginning of the assignment.
Teachers on job-sharing assignments will receive prorated personal leave and sick leave benefits. Seniority for teachers on job-sharing assignments will accrue on the same basis as other part-time teachers.
Premium payments toward insurance benefits will be on a prorate basis.
I. Assignments for 11 and 12-month Unit I employees will be tentatively made prior to the last duty day for 10-month employees and will take into consideration the number of work sites and caseloads.
Unit I members who have a concern regarding their assignments should meet with their principal/supervisor to discuss the situation. In the event the Unit I member is not satisfied with the response from the principal/supervisor, the Unit I member may request a meeting with the Chief Human Resources Officer. The Chief Human Resources Officer shall provide a written response within 10 days of said meeting.
J. Unit I members assigned to more than one school shall be given a current class list of assigned students during the first four duty days for Unit I members. The class list is subject to change as the need arises. Itinerant teachers shall be provided with the same instructional materials as any regular full-time teacher assigned to such a position. Requests for such materials will be filled as soon as practicable.
K. Where non-traditional schedules are adopted, teachers who so choose shall be permitted to seek a voluntary or administrative transfer to another school location.
L. Special Education teachers will be released from teaching and other duties at least five (5) days per school year to work on paperwork/IEP compliance. These days will be scheduled through agreement between the teacher and principal with no more than two (2) occurring in any one quarter. Teacher requests for the placement of these days will not be unreasonably denied. Substitutes shall be provided to cover any teaching or co-teaching assignments.
A. Unit I members shall not transport students.
B. Subject to review by the Labor Management Committee, Unit I members may be required to collect and transmit money to be used for educational purposes, together with a record of the sum collected and the names of students who have paid. Any additional accounting procedures shall be the responsibility of the administration. The Unit I members will not be held responsible for the loss of such money if such loss is not due to negligence of the Unit I member. However, under no circumstances may a Unit I member be required to collect monies for insurance or charities, although a Unit I member may volunteer to do so.
C. Unit I members shall not be expected to perform custodial duties. However, the teacher shall be responsible for maintaining reasonable order and cleanliness in the classroom, and for performing such functions as are a normal part of the teaching assignments.
D. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed to discourage or preclude Unit I members from volunteering for extra assignments should they so desire.
E. Attendance at meetings of Unit I members called for purposes directly related to the educational process shall be required duty. Faculty and other Unit I member meetings shall require notification at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance except in emergencies and shall not last more than one hour before or after the student day. Except in emergencies there shall be no more than two general faculty meetings per month excluding the months of August and June when three general faculty meetings may be held each month. Unit I members will not be required to attend more than two meetings per month that extend beyond the normal duty day including the general faculty meetings. Unit I members at elementary schools will not be required to attend more than four mandatory staff and/or professional development meetings per month during the duty day. The principal/supervisor will be responsible for sharing a tentative faculty/staff meeting schedule/calendar with the staff within the first ten (10) duty days of the 10-month employee calendar.
F. Unit I members are encouraged to take an active role in the school parent organization and each Unit I member is required to attend Back-to-School Night. Unit I members with multiple school assignments shall only be required to attend Back-to-School events at their base school.
G. Appearance and Conduct – Unit I members shall dress and conduct themselves in accordance with accepted professional standards.
H. Unit I members shall not be responsible for taking or recording student attendance on days they are absent, including when at professional development sessions or other training.
I. Classroom teachers will be required to input student attendance data daily except on days the classroom teacher is on approved leave. Classroom teacher responsibilities for parental contact will be limited to Administrative Procedure 5113. Additionally, Administrative Procedure 5113 will be reviewed for recommended changes by January 30, 2023.
J. Classroom teachers will input grades according to the PGCPS Grading Procedures and conference/communicate with parents/caregivers on scheduled parent-teacher conference days, upon the request of the parent or as deemed necessary by the classroom teacher.
A. When a Unit I member is formally observed or evaluated by that person’s supervisor or another appropriate administrator, the completed formal observation or evaluation forms shall be discussed with the Unit I member before being signed by the Unit I member in the presence of the immediate supervisor or other appropriate administrator. A copy of the formal observation or evaluation form shall be shared with the Unit I member at that time. The Unit I member’s signature acknowledges receipt of the formal observation or evaluation form and does not necessarily indicate agreement with its content.
Failure by the Unit 1 member to sign the formal observation or evaluation does not negate the observation or evaluation. Forms can be signed electronically. Formal observations and evaluations of Unit I members shall only be done by administrators who have been certified in the PGCPS Evaluation System.
Unit I members shall have the opportunity to include a rebuttal to formal observations which shall be attached to the observation form as a part of the record within 30 days of the completed observation. This rebuttal does not alter the completed evaluation/observation.
B. A continuing program of evaluation of Unit I member performance based in part on personal observation is required. Whenever it appears that any aspect of a tenured Unit I members’ performance is less than effective the principal or supervisor shall notify the Unit I member in writing, shall follow such notification with a conference to suggest necessary improvement, and shall make at least one classroom/assignment observation which shall be announced to the Unit I member at least three (3) workdays in advance. Additional informal observations may be made without advance notice. No less than an effective evaluation may be given to a Unit I member without prior notification and conference. All final evaluations which are less than effective must be shared with the Unit I member on or before June 10th and all other evaluations must be given to the Unit I member on or before the last duty day for teachers. Employees must be evaluated using the processes outlined in the employee evaluation handbook provided annually through the Office of Employee Performance.
C. Any Unit I member who disagrees with their evaluation may submit a rebuttal in writing to the Chief Human Resources Officer. The rebuttal shall be made a part of the Unit I personnel record, with additional copies sent to the Assistant Superintendent and to the evaluator.
D. At the beginning of the school term or whenever the Unit I member begins service, a Unit I member will have access to a copy of the evaluation form.
E. Formal classroom observations shall be conducted as part of the evaluation process for Unit I members who are On-Cycle or moved to On-Cycle. The requirements for formal observations are as follows:
F. The Board will follow State Board of Education Guidelines for Evaluation of Probationary Teachers. All formal announced observations of probationary classroom teachers will be announced at least three (3) workdays prior to the observation.
G. Unit I teacher evaluations will be based on rating of professional practice for 70% and 30% based on student growth.
H. Student perception surveys will not be used in teacher evaluations.
I. High School teacher evaluations will not include SAT scores.
J. Formal observations and evaluations of Unit I members shall only be done by PGCPS employed Administrators who have been certified in the PGCPS Evaluation System. Informal observations shall not be used in evaluations.
K. In the event that the procedures of Article 9 are not complied with, such non-compliance shall be subject to the grievance procedure. However, judgment of performance by an evaluator may not be submitted to the grievance procedure.
L. The Unit I Employee evaluation models are designed to promote professional growth and development to enhance academic excellence through a supportive performance management system. To ensure a system that seeks to grow performance and enhance academic excellence for every child, the Unit 1 Educator Workgroup will continue with the goal of further refining and developing the professional growth evaluation activities for Unit 1 Educators, including, but not limited to, equitable and streamlined evaluation procedures, Student Growth Measures (SGMs), and conference requirements.
Workgroup members will be recommended in equal measure by PGCEA and PGCPS with no more than 16 members who will each serve a three-year term. The workgroup will be co-chaired by PGCPS and PGCEA. The Workgroup will make recommendations at the end of each academic year for implementation enhancements or maintenance to the CEO or designee for consideration.
The Workgroup will meet at least monthly September through June. At the discretion of the Chair(s), an additional summer meeting may be held if there is unresolved business.
A. The following positions will be publicized on the PGCPS website (This includes during the summer months):
A. General Criteria
The Board and PGCEA agree that requests for transfer shall be considered subject to the following criteria:
B. Transfer Procedure
A. The Board and PGCEA recognize that valid educational principles compel the staffing of each public school based on school enrollment factors. To that extent involuntary transfers may need to be affected from time to time to conform with Board of Education Staffing Formulas. When involuntary transfers have to be made the Division of Human Resources will provide the principal with the names of any teacher(s) who have been declared staff reductions in accordance with the following procedures applied in sequential order:
B. The principal shall notify a teacher in a private conference by June 1 that the teacher will be a staff reduction. Final notification will be given in writing by the Division of Human Resources after notification by the principal.
C. If a teacher is involuntarily transferred during the school year or after the opening of school for any one year, the salary shall not be reduced for the remainder of the initial year of the transfer
D. Teachers to be involuntarily transferred will be reassigned ahead of teachers returning from an approved leave of absence and new hires. After July 15, teachers to be involuntarily transferred will be reassigned ahead of teachers requesting voluntary transfers.
E. In referring teachers who had been declared staff reductions to existing vacancies, system wide seniority in the subject area will be the determining factor in establishing the order of referrals.
F. A person to be involuntarily transferred shall be referred for a maximum of three interviews to principals of schools where there are approved vacancies within their area(s) of certification. A maximum of five (5) work days after the interview and selection will be permitted for the teacher to advise the Division of Human Resources regarding the acceptance or non-acceptance of the position. Acceptance of the position shall be acknowledged when the teacher and the receiving principal complete the designated form. If a teacher does not accept any of the positions to which referred and/or selected, the Division of Human Resources will assign the teacher to an existing vacancy.
G. The June 1 deadline above is based upon estimated pupil enrollment and preliminary staff allocations. Changes in student enrollment after June 1 may result in further staff reductions prior to the opening of school. A teacher affected by such a change however may request within five (5) days of notification a conference with the Associate Superintendent or designee. A PGCEA representative may be called in by the teacher.
H. Any teacher who is involuntarily transferred after the first work day for returning teachers at the beginning of a school year shall not be involuntarily transferred again after the first day of a new school year for three succeeding years. A teacher involuntarily transferred after the first work day who wishes to request a voluntary transfer out of the new assignment must do so in accordance with the provisions of Article 10.2. If said teacher does file a timely request for transfer, the teacher shall be considered as an involuntary transfer and will be given the same consideration in determining school transfer as is given to other involuntary transfers. No involuntary transfer for reasons of correcting prior scheduled staffing will be made after September 30, except if special, unanticipated problems arise in secondary assignments, an involuntary transfer may be effectuated at the secondary level until October 15.
I. An administrative transfer requested by the immediate supervisor for a reason other than reduction in staff or change in ratio must be approved by the Chief Human Resources Officer prior to the completion of the transfer. The teacher shall be given written notification by the immediate supervisor with specific reasons behind the intent to request the transfer prior to May 15, and given an opportunity to write a rebuttal by June 1, for the record. In the event the immediate supervisor and Chief Human Resources Officer still wish to proceed with the transfer, the Chief Human Resources Officer and the President of PGCEA or their designees shall meet to discuss outstanding concerns not hereunder covered, prior to the transfer being implemented.
J. An administrative transfer may be requested by the PGCEA President via a master list by May 1 sent to the Chief Human Resources Officer for consideration. The list should include specific reasons for the transfer.
K. The grievance procedure may be applied to Section 10.3 only with regard to an allegation that procedures set forth herein have not been complied with or that the employee alleges and proves discrimination on the part of the person charged by said employee.
In any reduction of Unit I member necessitated as a result of budgetary actions, declining enrollment or curriculum and/or administrative reorganization, Unit I members shall be laid off solely on the basis of certification in the subject field assignment and on system-wide seniority as defined in Article 3, number 10.
For purposes of this section, all elementary teachers (1-5) will be considered as having the same subject assignment.
A teacher who holds a teaching certificate in a second subject area, and who has taught in that subject-field assignment in Prince George’s County Public Schools since the most recent date of employment, may be assigned to that subject field provided that teacher has greater seniority than the least senior teacher assigned to the subject field.
No lay-offs of Unit I members shall be effectuated without the Board, through the office of Division of Human Resources, first exhausting all of its best efforts to have such personnel reassigned to another subject field providing that appropriate approvals of interim or provisional certifications can be obtained from the State Department of Education, and provided further that a reassigned teacher shall be required to work toward certification in the new area of assignment at a minimum rate of six (6) credit hours per year. In the event, however, that upon a finding by the Chief Human Resources Officer it appears that reassignment is not feasible and as a last resort there must be lay-offs, then and in that event, lay-offs shall be affected within the following categories in the order noted:
While a lay-off continues, no new hires shall be permitted except in the unique circumstances where: (a) there are no Unit I members on lay- off qualified to fill a vacant position, or (b) all qualified Unit I members on lay-off decline the offer to fill the vacancy.
B. Recall Rights
Unit I members shall (a) receive official notice by phone or registered mail at least four (4) working days in advance of their deadline for determining whether to exercise recall rights, (b) shall be available to begin within thirty (30) days, (c) retain recall rights for a period of three (3) years and (d) except for proven medical disability, a teacher who declines an offer of vacancy in their field of certification shall forfeit all recall rights, provided, however, that a laid-off employee who has accepted employment with another public school system in the State of Maryland and is unable to get released from his/her contract, may decline an offer to return to work if the offer of vacancy is issued later than July 1 for a position to become available at the beginning of the new school year.
Employees on lay-off shall be granted, during the period that they are vested with recall rights, the option of paying 100% of the premiums due on any hospitalization, dental insurance, optical insurance, life insurance or health maintenance organization plans as the Board may have available for its employees at the time of lay-off, provided that the insurance coverage is such as to permit this participation.
The parties understand and agree that the Board is vested with the sole discretion to determine whether or not a lay-off is necessary.
Therefore, the grievance procedure may be applied to this Section 11.1 only with regard to an allegation of arbitrary and capricious non-compliance with the procedures set forth herein and only then on a case by case basis.
(The provisions of this policy, 11.1, apply to all personnel covered for this Agreement except those persons while paid on Differential Schedule A.)
For the duration of this Agreement, no permanent Unit I member will lose employment due to services being provided by an outside contractor, provided that such Unit I member will accept temporary assignment to a position on the same Teacher’s Salary Schedule to which such Unit I member would be otherwise entitled.
The foregoing provision shall not apply in the event the Maryland State Department of Education mandates that services are to be provided by an outside contractor and as a result, the Board does not have sufficient vacancies to transfer the affected Unit I member. Under such circumstances the provisions for Involuntary Transfer (1.3) and Reduction in Force (11.1) will apply.
Unit I members shall not be restrained from joining nor required to join PGCEA by either the Board or PGCEA or any of their representatives.
B. Nothing in this Agreement shall deny or restrict any Unit I member’s full individual rights under the Laws of the State of Maryland or the United States of America or under the Bylaws of the State Board of Education.
C. The Board and PGCEA shall continue their policy of not discriminating against any Unit I member on the basis of race, age, creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or membership in any teacher organization.
D. Academic Freedom
Lesson planning identifies what students will learn and how students will be assessed. Educators develop lesson plans to guide teaching and learning. Lesson planning requirements shall be made based on the following tenets:
A. Any complaints regarding Unit I member made in writing to any member of the administration by any parent, student, or other person which are or may be used in any manner in evaluating a Unit I member shall be processed according to the procedure as follows: The principal or immediate supervisor shall meet with the Unit I member to apprise the Unit I member of the full nature of the complaint and they shall attempt to resolve the matter informally. Unit I members will be provided with a copy of the complaint if it is going to be used in any way to adversely affect their employment. Any discipline of any Unit I member by a principal/supervisor shall be conducted in private.
B. During the time of employment, a Unit I member shall be notified of any material of which the Unit I member does not have a copy and which is to be entered into that Unit I member’s personnel file. At the Unit I member’s request and expense, a copy of such material will be provided. No material of a confidential nature necessary precedent to employment or other letters of reference will be available to the Unit I member.
C. Unit I members may personally review their own personnel file, except for confidential reference material, by submitting in writing a letter to the Office of Records and Verification. Such persons shall be able to review their file within ten (10) days after receipt of request. If, upon review of the personnel file, Unit I member determines there is material of a negative nature contained therein, the Unit I member may submit a letter of explanation or rebuttal to be inserted in the personnel file.
A Unit I member may, upon reasonable request, review all school based written data compiled on such person, except for notes that a principal prepares and maintains for personal use and which will not be offered in evidence at any disciplinary hearing.
With the exception of copies of the official Unit I member’s evaluation, no school-based written data in a Unit I member’s file may be transferred to another school when a Unit I member is voluntarily or involuntarily transferred to another school or office.
D. No Unit I member will be disciplined, reprimanded, reduced in rank or compensation or deprived of any professional advantage without cause.
E. The personal life of the Unit I member or the participation or non- participation in religious, political or educator association activities of an Unit I member conducted outside duty hours and off school property shall not be grounds for disciplinary action unless such action is shown to interfere with the regular conduct of the school or schools in Prince George’s County.
F. The Board believes that all of its Unit I members have the right and obligation to be informed and active citizens. The Board, therefore, guarantees to all of its Unit I member’s full equality with other citizens in the exercise of their political rights and responsibilities including such rights as voting, discussing political issues, campaigning for candidates and running for and serving in public office.
The Board, however, wishes to stress that it, and the public schools, serve all segments of the community without reference to political affiliation. The Board feels strongly that its employees have a responsibility to refrain from involvement in political activities during the working day and in the school setting. At no time is the pupil in the public school to be regarded or used as a forum by an individual for political activity.
The Board believes that a prerequisite to a high quality in education is the acceptance by the community and by governing bodies of their responsibilities in recognizing the political and professional status and rights of all citizens and in the interest of encouraging political and professional involvement of qualified employees, guarantees that in the event of election to public office, the employee will not incur loss of tenure or retirement benefits within the framework of State legislation. The Board further states as its policy the following:
G. Unit I members are encouraged to bring to the attention of the principal or immediate supervisor conditions which they consider may be unsafe for students or Unit I members, for review and, as appropriate, for referral to the appropriate school authority. Thereafter, if the educator is still concerned, the Unit I members may request further review by the Chief Human Resources Officer. If in a specific situation the President of PGCEA believes further consideration is appropriate, the President may request review by the Chief Executive Officer.
H. Following fifteen (15) duty days Unit I members can request a written update to a submitted maintenance request form. Response from the administration should be provided within three (3) duty days.
I. PGCPS will continue to provide training, policies and administrative procedures to promote atmospheres where Unit I members are not subjected to harassment, hostility, humiliation, and bullying.
J. No Unit I member will be required to enter a non-PGCPS facility, such as a family home or third-party childcare facility, to complete their work or provide services, unless it is a part of their written job description. Unit I members shall have the right to refuse to enter a non-PGCPS facility based upon a reasonable concern for their personal safety. In such cases the visit will be rescheduled after safety concerns have been reported to the appropriate supervisor for a mutually agreed upon resolution. Should resolution not be reached, it will be referred to the Associate Superintendent for a decision.
A. Provision of General Facilities and Supplies
To the extent possible, the Board of Education shall make the following facilities available to Unit I members at their base school. Indicated provision will apply to each worksite.
B. Access to Facilities
C. Education Specification Committees
The Board shall appoint a PGCEA member to all Education Specification Committees for new construction or renovation of schools. Nothing in Article 14 shall be construed as offsetting the general obligation of the Board of Education to supply materials, equipment and other resources to the schools, nor to reimburse mileage for Unit I members who are required to drive personal vehicles on school business.
D. Work Site Health and Safety Committee
Each school/worksite shall have a Health and Safety Committee to monitor health & safety issues. The committee will work collaboratively to seek solutions to any concerns. The committee will be composed of the building principal/site supervisor or designee, the FAC Chair or PGCEA member selected by Unit I members, the school nurse, a member of the building operations staff, and two additional volunteers. Meetings shall be held monthly as needed. This language does not replace, or bypass established processes, appeals or grievance procedures in the Negotiated Agreement.
E. Whenever possible PGCPS will avoid using temporary classrooms at regional schools serving students with profound/significant physical disability or at Early Childhood Centers for classrooms.
F. All PGCPS facilities, including school buildings, offices, outbuildings, and buses/vans, will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected per CDC/MDH/MSDE guidelines before being used by students or staff; and a regular schedule for routine cleaning and disinfection throughout the school day be developed at each work site in collaboration with maintenance staff, including maintaining a record of when cleanings were performed. Records of cleaning and disinfecting will be made available to the work site’s Health and Safety Committee, upon request.
G. The Board shall fix and/or upgrade building ventilation systems, if inadequate according to CDC/MDH/MSDE guidelines.
H. Unit members shall not be charged any fee to replace defective system issued devices or to replace items that need to be replaced because of normal wear and tear or events beyond the member’s control. PGCPS shall repair or replace these items as needed for the Unit I member to meet their job expectations.
A. The principal is charged with the responsibility for the total conduct in the total educational program to which assigned.
B. Unit I members and principals shall have the authority granted by law and shall exercise responsibility for the control of pupils within their classes and the educational program for which they have accepted responsibility.
C. Classroom management is the responsibility of the Unit I member. Procedures for handling disruptive students both within and without the classroom will be developed in accordance with PGCPS policies and procedures in each school by the principal or duly appointed designee and the faculty, including input by the Faculty Advisory Council.
D. When in the judgment of the teacher a student’s behavior makes operation of the class impossible, the teacher shall complete the appropriate Discipline Referral Form and the student may be excluded from the class until the teacher and principal or the principal’s designee have held a conference. The principal, with the advice of the FAC, shall designate an appropriate area where such students may be sent. The conference should be held on or before the next school day. The Unit I member and the principal or principal’s designee may elect to use an exchange of emails in lieu of the conference. The principal will decide if and when the student is to be returned to class. The principal’s, or designee’s, decision shall be communicated to the Unit I member on the Discipline Referral Form. In the event the principal fails to take any action within four (4) working days, or if the Unit I member is not satisfied with the action indicated, the Unit I member may request that the situation be reviewed by the Instructional Director. The principal’s decision is to be implemented pending a review by the Instructional Director which is to be completed within seven (7) student days of receipt of the Unit I member’s request. However, if the Instructional Director does not complete the aforementioned review within seven (7) student days, at that point the student will again be excluded from class pending resolution of the matter by an Associate Superintendent.
E. Unit I members immediately involved in the education of a student are assured that they shall have access to all notices of student suspension or other disciplinary data as contained in individual pupil school-based records.
F. The Board of Education shall cooperate with the prosecution to the fullest extent of the law, of any individual who physically or verbally abuses, intimidates or interferes with a Unit I member performing his/her duties.
Any criminal action, civil suit, or loss or damage to personal property occurring to a Unit I member while acting within the scope of the Unit I member’s duties and resulting from an act alleged to have been performed by such Unit I member in the performance of such duties shall be promptly reported to the Board of Education or its designated representatives. The Board of Education shall provide legal counsel or at their discretion may provide reimbursement for the reasonable expenses of the legal defense of any criminal charges arising from an incident occurring while the educator was performing assigned duties for PGCPS, provided it is evident to the Board of Education that such criminal charge is without cause or justification. Time lost by Unit I members in connection with any such aforesaid action shall be handled as follows: A. Time for appearance as a defendant or witness before a judicial body or legal authority shall result in no loss of salary or accumulated sick or personal leave.
B. In case of disability, Unit I member salary shall continue in full without reduction in accumulated leave. If Workers’ Compensation payment is forthcoming the amount shall be deducted from the salary.
C. In the event that total disability results due to the incident mentioned in this section, the Board of Education shall pay the difference between compensation payment and the contractual salary of the employee without reduction of accumulated leave.
D. The length of time for which one receives compensation under this section shall be determined by the Workers’ Compensation ruling.
Each Unit I member is to be reimbursed in the sum of not more than a total of $500 per occurrence, for proven destruction of watches, jewelry, personal electronics, and clothing, including eyeglasses, caused by an act in the performance of duties. Reimbursement for watches, including smart watches and other personal electronic devices will be in the sum of not more than $500.
A. Specified non-classroom-based Unit I members can submit and use leave in increments of no less than 1 hour.
B. Attending College or University Courses
A Unit I member duly registered for a college or university course leading to expanded professional competency and it appearing to the Chief of Human Resources that no other course is available outside of the regular duty day may, with the permission of the immediate supervisor, be allowed to leave that person’s assigned duty station as soon as practicable after dismissal of students from the school provided that the Unit I member makes up during that week any time lost within that week to attend the course. The Unit I member may be allowed to be absent from assigned duties only during the time such duties do not include assigned supervision of children; however, attempts must be made to schedule courses outside of the regular duty day.
C. Professional Meetings/Activities
D. Court Appearance and Jury Duty
E. Bereavement Leave
F. Military Leave
G. Worker’s Compensation Leave
H. Personal Leave
Unit I member employed on other than twelve-month contract may be absent from duty without loss of pay up to four days during any school year.
A request for personal leave should be entered in appropriate time management system at least one (1) day prior to the intended absence. No specific reason for such personal leave shall be required or solicited except as noted in item 2 and item 4 below. In case of emergency, the appropriate school official shall be notified prior to the beginning of the duty day of intended absence.
Rules regarding personal leave are as follows:
I. Professional Growth Leave
Upon approval, Unit I members shall be granted a professional development day each year without loss of pay or personal leave to enhance their skills and qualifications, promote staff development, improve instruction or provide professional service to another district or to a state or national organization recognized by the district. By special request, additional days may be granted by the Chief Executive Officer or designee and will not be unreasonably denied.
J. Sabbatical Leave
On recommendation of the Chief Executive Officer, the Board of Education may permit qualified Unit I members to take sabbatical leave. This leave may be granted for the purpose of study which may include advanced degree work or work designed to increase the Unit I member’s competence or for such other purposes as may be recommended by the Chief Executive Officer and approved by the Board of Education.
In order to continue the services of the schools at a high level, the number of employees to whom sabbatical leave is granted shall not exceed twenty-five (25) in any one school year.
During the period of sabbatical leave, such employee shall receive one-half the salary of the year in which the leave is granted, not to exceed the MA + 30 hours’ maximum lane, with the deduction of such additional sums as may be required by the recipient to maintain membership status in the retirement system social security, their membership in professional organizations, and any previously committed insurance premiums.
Absence from duty by a Unit I member for the purpose of Selective Service examination shall be an authorized leave with pay. Anything over one (1) day shall be deducted from sick leave.
L. Sick Leave
Sick leave, with pay, shall be provided for Unit I members as hereafter stated:
M. Annual Leave
N. Other Excused Absences
Other excused absences shall be at the discretion of the Chief Human Resources Officer. Such absence shall be charged to the appropriate leave.
O. Paid Maternity/Paternity Leave
Unit I members in the bargaining unit shall be eligible for up to ten (10) paid days of maternity/paternity leave from the district in addition to any other accrued leave. If the Unit I member chooses not to take all or part of said days, the Unit I member shall have no entitlement to be paid for any/or all of the unused days.
P. Return from Extended Leaves of Absence
Unit I Members returning from authorized leave will be placed in active pay status upon the first day they are eligible to return to work as long as they provided written notice of their return to work date to the Division of Human Resources at least ten (10) work days prior to such return to work date. Return to work must be approved by Absence Management. Upon placement in active pay status, if no permanent assignment is available in their area of certification, Unit I members will be assigned to their current school/work location or department as an over hire until a permanent assignment in the area of certification becomes available. Unit I members will be placed in the first available permanent assignment in their area of certification for the remainder of that duty year.
A. The benefits accrued from a leave of absence without pay shall be as follows:
B. Pregnancy, Maternity or Adoption Leave
C. Military, Peace Corps, or the Domestic Peace Corps
Any Unit I member who is inducted or enlists in any branch of the military service, the Peace Corps or the AmeriCorps VISTA shall be granted leave without pay. Upon return from such leave, a Unit I member shall be placed on the salary schedule at the level which would have been achieved had that Unit I member remained active in the system during the period of absence up to a maximum of two years.
D. Early Release Leave
A Unit I member, upon prior approval by the Chief Executive Officer or designee, shall be granted leave without pay to begin a program of studies which result from foundation or scholarship grants or private funding which require the individual to leave prior to the end of the regular school term.
Application for such leave shall be made in writing to the Chief Executive Officer or designee as far in advance as possible in order to insure continuity in the program of instruction for that Unit I member’s students in their classes.
E. Teaching and Other Leaves
Any Unit I member on tenure covered by this Agreement may upon written request to the Chief Executive Officer or designee be granted an unpaid leave not to exceed one (1) year for the following reasons: prolonged illness; needed rest; professional improvement when the Unit I member is not eligible for sabbatical leave; public office or political campaign or for any other activity which, in the opinion of the Chief Executive Officer, redounds to the future benefit of the PGCPS. Unit I members have the option of paying into retirement, hospitalization or association dues during leave of absence due to illness. Existing policy concerning special cases shall remain in force. Leaves of absence may be extended by the Chief Executive Officer. At the conclusion of an extended leave of absence, reinstatement will be determined by the Chief Executive Officer based upon the availability of a position in the Unit I member’s field of preparation and predicated upon said Unit I member’s retention of certification requirements. A Unit I member must notify the Chief Executive Officer in writing by May 1 of the Unit I member’s intent to return for the following school year and will be offered a position in the Unit I members field provided a vacancy exists or occurs during the subsequent year. If the Unit I member refuses the position, there is no further guarantee of position. Credit on the salary scale for a leave of absence will be granted only in the event the Unit I member is returning from sabbatical leave or from an involuntary military service, unless the individual had not received prior credit for military service.
Except for prolonged illness, needed rest or family leave, the request for leave must be submitted by June 1 of the school year immediately preceding the year which the leave is sought.
F. Family Leave
Any tenured Unit I member may upon written request to the Board of Education be granted an unpaid family leave not to exceed one (1) year. Family leave may be used for purposes such as the following: caring for a foster child, caring for family members, attending to family business or any other necessity in the home.
G. Minimum Service Requirements Between Authorized Leaves Without Pay
Upon returning from a two-year authorized leave without pay, a minimum of two (2) years of reactivated service is required before the employee would be eligible to apply for another leave without pay. Upon returning from a one-year (1) authorized leave without pay, a minimum of one year of reactivated service is required before the Unit I member would be eligible to apply for another leave without pay. The minimum service requirements would not apply to an individual applying for a leave without pay for prolonged personnel illness
Any absence from duty that does not meet the rules and regulations governing authorized leaves of absence shall be considered an unauthorized absence. No payment of salary will be made for any unauthorized absence.
Unit I member’s Sick Leave Bank was established effective July 1, 1978. All Unit I members on active duty with the Prince George’s County Public Schools are eligible to participate in the Sick Leave Bank.
A. PGCPS will publish testing and survey calendar dates and windows of all state and district mandated tests and surveys, as well as required ELL testing, by September 15 of each school year of this agreement. The published testing information will include the number of minutes required for each district/state test. This testing document will be shared with PGCEA. This testing information will be publicly shared through appropriate communication venues used by the school system.
B. The total number of hours any PGCPS student spends on mandated state or local assessments shall not exceed the maximum hours in the “More Learning, Less Testing Act of 2017” (SB 452). PGCPS shall be responsible for tracking this data.
C. Elementary schools will be provided substitute teacher funding to assist Kindergarten teachers with responsibilities for administering baseline assessments during the initial fall assessments. The classroom teachers and the school administration will determine collaboratively how the assessment and instructional responsibilities are shared.
The staffing from school to school may be flexible depending upon the nature of the program, the community, the size of the student body, the curriculum and the organization of the school. The Board of Education will continue to work for more flexibility in staffing and a pupil- teacher ratio which will result in the best possible learning situation. It is recognized, however, that in staffing patterns co-teachers are needed to provide greater opportunity for those children that need help to function properly in the normal group setting.
The principal with the review of the Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) may submit with supporting evidence a request for additional staff personnel beyond that authorized by the staffing formula approved by the Board of Education. The Chief Human Resources Officer shall make the final determination of staff allocation after review of their request.
A. The Board of Education agrees to enter into written agreements with classroom teachers to work on curriculum development projects, to be conducted after regular working hours, utilizing the following procedures:
B. All committees concerned with curriculum development or textbook evaluation and selection shall include classroom teacher representation.
C. When the Division of Curriculum and Instruction and the Chief Executive Officer approve major policy and curriculum changes, sufficient professional staff involvement will be initiated with impacted Unit 1 members before the changes are implemented.
D. Major policy and curriculum changes will be communicated to staff at least two (2) weeks before the change is to be implemented, unless mandated by state and/or federal law.
E. When financing and staffing are affected by a curriculum change, adequate time for the preparation and planning must be allowed before it is initiated at the school level .
F. Available curriculum guides will be posted prior to each quarter. If the guide is not available at the start of the quarter, the administration will provide the necessary directive with regard to instructional content.
G. PGCEA may nominate one (1) member to serve on each curriculum writing committee constituted to prepare curriculum guides for each subject area.
The Board of Education and PGCEA hereby agree that subject to building limitations, budget and program requirements, action will be taken to maintain favorable class size in accordance with Board of Education policy and reduce classes which exceed by more than 10% the County- wide class size average.
If, subsequent to September 30, any Unit I member has a class which exceeds the county class size average, the Unit I member after consultation with the principal may request a review by the FAC. If after a review of the Unit I member’s complaint and consultation with the principal, the Unit I member or the FAC determines by a majority vote that further adjustment in class size is essential, the FAC or the Unit I member may request a review by the CEO who will recommend appropriate adjustments in an attempt to achieve a mutually acceptable settlement. If the FAC believes that the class size concern could be relieved through changes in the master schedule, the FAC may submit any suggestion in writing to the appropriate Associate Superintendent, who will have that matter reviewed within five (5) working days of receipt of the request. If, after consideration by the appropriate Associate Superintendent, a mutually acceptable settlement is not achieved, the FAC may refer the matter to the Chief Executive Officer for final action. The FAC may request that the PGCEA President or designee be present at any meeting scheduled to review class size concerns .
Notwithstanding the provision of Article 5C, the provisions of Article 20 shall not be subject to the binding arbitration aspect of the grievance procedure. Instead, the decision of the arbitrator may be set aside by the Chief Executive Officer or the Board of Education if deemed evident 30 that said decision violates Board of Education rules and regulations.
Any such decision shall be communicated to PGCEA within ten (10) days of the receipt of the arbitrator’s award and set forth reference to the rule, or policy deemed to be violated. A hearing on said matter will be convened by the Board of Education pursuant to Maryland Law.
Teacher coordinators will be paid a compensatory emolument in addition to their regular salaries .
Priority consideration will be given to tenured Unit I employees to the extent such employees are available and willing .
The position of Special Education Department Chair shall be added to the list of Teacher Coordinators for purposes of compensation.
The Board will share proposed new Administrative Procedures or changes to existing Administrative Procedures that impact classroom instruction, (specifically Students-5000 & Instruction-6000), with PGCEA for input prior to posting.PGCEA shall have a minimum of ten (10) business days to provide comments for consideration to the Board before changes are adopted.
A. Recommendations from the joint PGCEA/PGCPS Tuition Reimbursement Task Force shall be given primary consideration for changes to the tuition reimbursement program.
B. Funding for the Tuition Reimbursement Program shall be:
C. Unit members shall be reimbursed up to $550 per credit for up to nine (9) credits per contract year. Reimbursements will be established on a first come, first served basis subject to budgeted allocations and shall apply to the following:
Application for reimbursement will be accepted three times throughout the fiscal year. Only courses completed during the specified dates will be accepted during the appropriate submission dates. Requests received prior to the designated beginning date will be automatically denied. Any funds remaining at the end of the third submission/disbursement period will be divided equally for disbursement to applicants originally denied during the first and second periods based on first come first served basis so long as the applications were submitted prior to the original deadlines.
The timeline for submission will be determined by the joint PCGEA-PGCPS Tuition Rebursement Taskforce.
The Board of Education shall continue to use its best efforts to provide workshops whereby a Unit 1 member can receive credit toward an Advanced Professional Certificate. PGCEA may submit to the Board of Education requests for PGCEA to conduct specified workshops for state approved credit. The request must include a detailed content description of what will be offered. If approved by the Board of Education and the State Board of Education, the workshop will be offered. If approved, the workshop will be offered, provided that there is no cost to the Board of Education.
D. From time to time, the Board may offer to Unit I Members particular training or certification program (e.g. Reading Recovery, Montessori etc.) at no out of pocket cost to the Unit I Member.
When those opportunities are offered, the Board of Education may, in consultation with PGCEA, require that participating Unit I members reimburse the Board of Education for expenses paid for the program, in the event said member fails to successfully complete the program or fails to remain an employee of PGCPS for the period of time after completing the program as specified by the Board of Education in its announcement of the program.
In the event that a Unit I member becomes obligated to reimburse the Board of Education for such expenses; the Board of Education is authorized to deduct the amount due from the Unit I member’s payroll check(s) on a prorated basis and after the Unit I member has been notified of such deduction.
PGCEA will receive prior notification about any programs established under this section and will have input into the reimbursement parameters.
All Unit I members will have free term life insurance. The amount of an individual’s insurance will be two (2) times the annual salary rounded to the next highest $1,000.
A. The Board of Education shall implement a Medical Care Program for eligible Unit I members and their eligible dependents.
B. The Board of Education shall pay 75% for the first eight (8) years of employment and 80% thereafter of the cost of the premiums for the Medical Care Program.
C. Unit I employee premiums and co-pays shall not increase prior to explanation and notification to PGCEA.
D. Plan design changes to insurance benefits will not be instituted without discussion and consideration of recommendations by the joint PGCPS/Labor Partners Insurance Council.
The Board of Education agrees to pay a sum equal to the same dollar amount provided under the Medical Care Program described in Section 21.3 above for all unit members enrolled in a Board of Education qualified prepaid health maintenance organization.
The Board of Education shall provide a Dental Insurance Program for eligible Unit I members and their eligible dependents. The Board of Education shall pay 75% for the first eight (8) years of employment and 80% thereafter of the cost of the premiums for the Dental Insurance Program.
A. The Board of Education shall provide an optional Optical Care Program for eligible employees and their eligible dependents.
B. The Board of Education shall pay 75% for the first eight (8) years of employment and 80% thereafter of the cost of the premiums for the Optical Care Program.
A. The Board of Education shall provide an optional Prescription Medication Insurance Program for eligible employees and their eligible dependents.
B. The Board of Education shall pay 75% for the first eight (8) years of employment and 80% thereafter of the cost of the premiums for the Prescription Medication Insurance Program.
A. No Unit I member shall be entitled to any of the insurance benefits described in Sections 21.3, 21.4, 21.5, 21.6, and 21.7 unless such Unit I member is on an annual salary, works at least fifteen (15) hours per week and is a member of the appropriate employee Retirement System.
B. Any Unit I member eligible for insurance benefits as set forth, but employed for less than a full time (37 1/2 hours per week) basis shall receive as benefits only such prorated share of the Board of Education’s contribution toward insurance premiums, as such share shall be reflective of the percentage of full time employment.
C. Section 21.8B shall be applicable only to those persons employed July 1, 1979, or thereafter.
The Board of Education shall provide that whenever duly authorized in writing by any Unit I member payroll deductions on behalf of such Unit I member shall be made. Payroll deductions other than those required by law will need written annual authorization filed at the Board of Education office.
A. The Board of Education shall provide payroll deductions for, but not limited to:
B. Deductions beyond those stipulated in Section 6.09A shall be pursuant to law or authorized by PGCEA, or at the discretion of the Board of Education.
A. Retirement Upon retirement in Prince George’s County, a Unit I members shall receive payment for three-tenths of his/her unused sick leave, not to exceed full pay for up to a maximum of 80 days for a ten-month Unit I member, 86 days for an eleven-month Unit I members, 92 days for a twelve-month Unit I members or for 25 days of accumulated annual leave, whichever is greater. A Unit I member retiring on disability would be eligible for such payment after five years of service in Prince George’s County. Unit I member would be eligible to receive such reimbursement only once. This payment shall be based upon the salary of the final year of employment.
B. Resignation For Unit I members hired prior to July 1, 2000, upon resignation after twelve years of service in Prince George’s County, a Unit I member shall receive payment for three-tenths of his/her unused sick leave not to exceed full pay for up to a maximum of 65 days for a ten-month Unit I member, 71 days for an eleven-month Unit I member, 77 days for a twelve- month Unit I member or 25 days of accumulated annual leave, whichever is greater. Unit I member would be eligible to receive such reimbursement only once.
This payment shall be based upon the salary of the final year of employment. All other employees, hired after July 1, 2000, will not be eligible for a pay out of unused sick leave upon resignation.
C. Death of a Unit I Member.
Upon the death of a Unit I member who is actively employed with the Board of Education at the time of his/her death, and who has been employed with the Board of Education for more than six (6) months, all earned annual leave remaining unused or up to three-tenths of the Unit I member’s unused sick leave not to exceed full pay for up to a maximum of 65 days for a ten-month Unit I members, 71 days for an eleven-month Unit I members and 77 days for a twelve-month Unit I members, whichever is greater, shall be paid to the estate of the deceased Unit I member.
Any Unit I member using a personal vehicle to conduct authorized school business shall receive mileage compensation at the rate established by the Federal Government for the Washington, D.C.
area. Such rate changes as are affected during the fiscal year shall be implemented at the beginning of the month immediately following the rate change. Detailed records must be kept and submitted on the prescribed form.
A. School Assigned Unit I Members
B. School-Based Unit I Members
School-based Unit I members who are regularly required to travel between schools will be assigned by the Chief Human Resources Officer, or designee, a school for the basis of computing mileage.
The base school for mileage purposes will be one of the schools to which the Unit I member is regularly assigned. As possible, the Unit I member should be assigned to schools within a cluster and the cluster should be the one closest to the individual’s home if requested by the Unit I member. The number of miles the school is located from the individual’s home will be considered commuting mileage. Mileage reported for the reimbursement each day will be the number of miles driven during the day minus twice the distance from home to the designated school. The normal trip between home and the designated school will be deducted from the daily mileage whether the Unit I member goes to the designated school that day or not.
C. Central/Area Office Unit I Members
All central or area office Unit 1 members authorized on any day to report to a duty station other than the central or area office to which such Unit 1 member is regularly assigned will be reimbursed for all authorized mileage driven on such day minus two (2) times the distance between Unit I member’s home and the central or area office of regular assignment. Authorized business travel after normal working hours from home to a meeting, hearing or conference (and return) will be reimbursed.
A. A joint PGCPS/Labor Partners insurance council shall review school system employee healthcare data and make recommendations concerning the following, but not limited to, health insurance benefit design and cost for active and retired employees, dental insurance design and cost, life insurance, 403(b) and 457(b) programs.
B. The Insurance Council shall be made up of representatives of the Chief Executive Officer and representatives of each of the labor unions. PGCEA members shall be appointed by the President of PGCEA.
C. The Insurance Council shall meet bi-monthly September, November, January, March, and May of each school year to discuss, study, and report on suggestions pertaining to the employee benefits plans and costs. Minutes of such meetings shall be available to all members of the council.
Association reps on the insurance council shall be entitled to organizational leave as outlined in the negotiated agreement.
A. The Unit I member’s share of premium payments for Hospitalization, Surgical-Medical Insurance and Major Medical Insurance; Health Maintenance Organizations; Dental Care Insurance; Optical Care Insurance; and, Prescription Insurance will be paid with pretax wages consistent with applicable laws and IRS regulations.
B. The Board of Education will make available, at the Unit I member’s option, salary reduction agreements to cover the cost of qualified medical and child care expenses with pretax wages consistent with applicable laws and IRS regulations.
All Unit I members will participate in the Payroll Direct Deposit Program. Unit I members will directly deposit payroll checks in any financial institution participating in the Mid-Atlantic Clearing House Association. The Program will be consistent with regulations established by the Board of Education, and financial regulations.
A Unit I member who has successfully completed and attained NBTS certifications shall receive:
A. Unit I employees who qualify based upon Maryland State Department of Education’s standards of definitions of “Teacher,” “Certified,” “Primarily Responsible and Accountable,” “Working Time,” “Teaching Time” and “Percent of Time Teaching” shall receive a salary increase of $13,000 annually effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2025.
B. The Board of Education shall reimburse the Unit I member for up to one (1) of the NBPTS application and/or testing fee up to $450.
C. Unit I employees who qualify in Section 21.15 A above, and who are assigned and serve in schools identified as “Low Performing Schools,” will receive an additional $9,000 annually while serving in such identified schools effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2025.
D. Unit I employees who have attained NBPTS or national certifications in other subjects or disciplines who DO NOT meet the standards specified in Section 21.15 A above shall receive a salary increase of $4000 annually effective July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2025.
Unless there are unusual circumstances, Unit I members should receive payment for curriculum workshops no later than the third paycheck following the completion of the activity.
A. The Board of Education shall reimburse an Unit I member for the full cost of required fingerprinting or criminal background checks if the Unit I member is hired and has completed two (2) years of service.
B. This provision applies to all Unit I members hired after July 1, 2007 and the eligible unit members must be actively employed in order to receive the reimbursement.
Unit I members will be paid every two (2) weeks. All Unit I employees hired after July 1, 2014, shall be placed on the twelve month pay option.
Placement of Unit I members on the salary schedule is based upon verified prior appropriate employment experience.
Exceptions to this policy may be approved by the Chief Executive Officer in the employment of trades and industry teachers and educators in other designated critical subject areas.
A. SALARY GRADES
B. General Information Regarding All Salary Schedules
C. Outside applicants will be hired based on established administrative procedures. Unit I members hired on Step 10 between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2022, may contact the Director of Human Resources to complete an assessment of potential salary increases based upon verified credible experience beyond Step 10 at their hire date. Verified changes will be implemented from the current date of receipt and confirmation by Human Resources.
A Unit I member shall receive a full two-year military credit if the obligation was for two (2) years, and if available for an early release date. A minimum of one (1) year service is required for one (1) year credit 20 months for two (2) years credit. The maximum entry step for any degree level will include no more than two (2) years of credit for military service.
A. Unit I members assigned to specially funded programs from their regular assignment shall be reassigned to a position of at least similar nature upon termination of contract.
B. Unit I members employed for specially funded programs shall meet the same educational criteria as those assigned to the regular programs.
Any Unit I member appointed by the Chief Executive Officer to act for fifteen (15) duty days or longer to a position outside the bargaining unit shall, in addition to their regular salary and benefits, be entitled to the prorated share of leave benefits and salary of said position with the benefits beginning to accrue at the beginning of the second month and salary beginning to accrue immediately upon appointment.
FY 23 Salary Changes
A. All eligible employees will receive one step increase effective July 1 of each year of this agreement.
B. A 6% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) will be applied to all pay tables effective July 1, 2022.
C. A 4% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) will be applied to all pay tables effective July 1, 2023.
D. A 3% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) will be applied to all pay tables effective July 1, 2024.
E. 1% differential for eligible employees at the top of their grade for FY 2023, FY2024, and FY 2025.
F. All permanent employees for PGCPS as of June 1, 2022, who are still permanent employees as of September 16, 2022, will receive a $1,000 one-time retention bonus. This payment will be made by separate payment not later than October 21, 2022.
All summer employment opportunities for Unit I members (summer school teaching, curriculum development, etc.) shall be publicized in writing, identifying general scope, not later than April 1.
Applications for professional summer employment shall be submitted on the official form through the proper principal.
Payment for summer employment shall be made on the following schedule:
4 weeks – 2 checks
5 weeks – 2 checks
6 weeks – 3 checks
7 weeks – 4 checks
8 weeks – 4 checks
A. Summer School Any Unit I member wishing to be considered for a summer school position must apply by April 15. (Unit I members applying after April 15 shall only be considered if no satisfactory, Unit I member is available for a position who applied prior to this deadline.) Summer school Unit I members shall be selected from the applicants in the following order:
Unit I members who have taught summer school the previous three (3) consecutive summers will only be considered in accordance with 3 below.
B. Once an Unit I member is assigned to teach summer school, said Unit I member is eligible to continue in that position for three (3) consecutive summers, providing: 1. A teaching position is available, 2. Performance was satisfactory the prior summer, 3. Assignment the prior school year was in that field.
C. At the end of three (3) years said Unit I member is not eligible for consideration again for a summer school position in the Prince George’s County Public Schools for a period of three (3) years unless no other tenured Unit I member qualified under 2 above is available to teach the summer school course.
If a local school has an innovative summer school course or courses approved by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the local summer school principal and/or the Supervisor of Summer Schools shall recommend that the positions be filled in the following order.
A. An applicant whose application was filed no later than April 15 and who has received a satisfactory evaluation in the subject concerned from the principal where presently assigned.
B. Other satisfactory applications (refer to item 1) regardless of the date of receipt of application.
C. Summer school teaching shall be four (4) hours and paid at the hourly rate of 1/1500 of regular teaching salary.
A. Curriculum Development Projects Unit I members who work on curriculum development projects will be paid on their regular per diem basis not to exceed $200.00 respectively, per day. The workday shall not exceed seven (7) hours exclusive of lunch.
Unit I members who teach a Board of Education approved workshop will be paid on their per diem basis not to exceed $250.00 per day. The workday shall not exceed seven (7) hours exclusive of lunch.
B. Curriculum Workshops The workshops will be undertaken for college credit if possible.
If this is not possible, participants will be paid on their regular per diem rate not to exceed $175.00. This does not preclude the establishment of short-term voluntary workshops, which will not provide reimbursement or any possible college or workshop credit.
37 These voluntary workshops will be held only in the event that severe financial measures must be taken to economize. (Short- term means a week or less). The workday shall not exceed seven (7) hours exclusive of lunch.
All certificated Unit I members shall be paid on a prorated per diem rate of pay. The method of calculating this shall be 1/1500 of the regular teacher’s salary for each hour worked.
When in the opinion of a principal a Unit I member is needed as a liaison between the Unit I members and the administrators of the school, the principal may select a school instructional chairperson or chairpersons as approved. Priority consideration will be given to tenured Unit I members to the extent such Unit I members are available and willing.
Any Unit I members designated a school instructional chairperson shall be expected to perform duties during the regular school day and to that extent may be relieved by the principal of all special non-teaching assignments.
Unit I members so appointed shall be given compensatory time (reduction in other assigned duties) or be compensated on the Compensatory Emoluments Salary Scale.
Printed below are the instructions as outlined in the Appointment and Authorization Form for Instructional Chairperson
D. Deadlines for Approval and Payment
A. Purpose It is the purpose of the compensatory emoluments program in the Prince George’s County Public Schools to provide compensation for Unit I educators serving as club and/or service sponsors.
B. Policy An approved compensated activity must meet all of the following conditions:
C. General Rules
D. Payroll Procedures
E. Deadline for Approval and Payment No activity for which compensation is sought shall be considered for approval after October 1 of the school year in which the activity is scheduled, unless the activity commencement precedes said October 1st date in which event approval shall be sought no later than the first day of the activity and further that no compensation shall be granted unless the request for same is filed with appropriate Assistant Superintendent thirty (30) days after its conclusion or June 25 of said school year, whichever event shall be first.
Unit I members designated through written correspondence by the Division of Human Resources as Mentor Teachers, in addition to their normal teaching assignment, will receive a stipend of $750 per teacher mentored during the school year. Assignment, training, and responsibilities will be coordinated through the Office of Professional Learning and Leadership. Payroll procedures shall be in compliance with established emolument payroll procedures.
Unit I members that receive compensation for a stipend, bonus, grant or emolument shall be paid in a separate paycheck and not as part of the Unit I members’ regular bi-weekly pay. These activities shall not run concurrently with the scheduled duty day.
The Prince George’s County Educators’ Association (PGCEA) and the Board of Education of Prince George’s County (BOE) agree to the following terms and conditions of employment for the Junior ROTC instructors employed by the BOE.
Junior ROTC instructors shall be entitled to placement and advancement on the salary schedule in accordance with existing terms and conditions of the Negotiated Agreement except where noted in the Rights of Representation Addendum.
Junior ROTC instructors employed prior to this Agreement shall continue to receive credit for prior approved service for the purpose of salary and advancement on the salary schedule.
Junior ROTC instructors employed during the life of this Agreement shall be entitled to a maximum of 11 years prior verified teaching experience in the military academies/institutions, JROTC programs or educational institutions. The parties agree that verified teaching experience includes, but is not limited to, the act or practice of instruction associated with courses or subject matter pertaining to, or offered by educational institutions.
Junior ROTC instructors employed during the life of this Agreement shall be entitled to a maximum of 11 years of prior verifiable teaching experience in the military academies/institutions, JROTC programs or other educational institutions for the purpose of placement on the salary schedule.
Junior ROTC instructors shall continue to receive a maximum of two (2) years credit for military service.
A. Recognition The Board of Education of Prince George’s County, hereafter referred to as the Board, recognizes the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association hereinafter referred to as PGCEA, pursuant to Title 6 Education article of the Annotated Code of Maryland as the sole and exclusive bargaining representative of all home and hospital teacher employees of the Board with regard to all matters relating to salary, wages, hours, and other working conditions.
B. Definitions This list of definitional terms contained in the Negotiated Agreement shall apply except as modified by the following:
5. PGCPS – Prince George’s County Public Schools.
C. HHT Joint Committee
D. Professional Development Home and hospital teachers may participate in professional development courses and other professional development activities on a space-available basis.
E. Working Conditions PGCPS will provide home and hospital teachers with appropriate materials and access to photocopying of instructional materials at the assigned school of the student or at a designated Central Office location.
G. Payroll Deductions HHTs shall be eligible to participate in certain authorized payroll deductions contained in this Agreement including:
H. Supplement The following Articles or portions of Articles shall apply to HHTs except as modified by Memorandum.
Article 1 – Preamble
Article 3 – Rights of Representative Recognition
Article 5 – Grievance Procedure
Article 12 – Rights and Privileges of Unit Members
Article 15 – Control and Discipline
Article 16 – Professional Liability Protection
Article 21.9 – Payroll Deduction
Article 21.14 – Payroll Direct Deposit Program
Athletic Directors, and Unit I member coaches will be provided up to seven (7) days of professional leave annually. Use of leave days is for the purpose of meeting the program requirements of the PGCPS athletic program only. Use of leave requires prior approval of the school administration but shall not be unreasonably denied. Leave can be taken in hourly increments. The allotment will be available throughout the duration of this agreement.
Increase all cells and lanes of the PGCEA Differential Schedule by 4% in FY23, FY24, and FY25.
40 ARTICLE 24 — SCHOOL QUALITY AND IMPROVEMENT
A. The Board of Education and PGCEA will conduct a review of instructional and support programs that strengthen the capacity of staff to improve achievement and wellbeing. This shall incorporate determining best practices and learning environments for our students, including exploring ways to incorporate a shared governance model that allows for innovation in ways that engages school staff, students, parents, and the community.
B. During the duration of this contract agreement, the Board and PGCEA shall establish a joint Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Planning and Implementation committee which will meet bi –monthly (every two months) to discuss and collaborate on emergent issues related to implementation of Maryland’s Blueprint funding and policy requirements. The committee will include an equal number of PGCPS members appointed by the CEO and PGCEA member leaders and staff appointed by the Association President. The committee will be jointly co – chaired by a PGCPS appointed member and a PGCEA appointed member. The meeting agendas will be jointly created by PGCEA and PGCPS.
C. A joint Special Education and Student Services Committee shall meet monthly (if agenda topics exist) from September through June to develop and review regulations and practices related to the delivery of special education and student services in PGCPS and be proactive in resolving issues of concern to both parties. Each party shall identify a minimum of five representatives, and no more than ten representatives, as members of the committee.
The Associate Superintendent for Special Education and the Associate Superintendent for Student Services shall be members of the committee. In their absence, the associates will send a designee for representation. Each party can suggest relevant agenda topics.
The committee shall keep a record of issues discussed and actions taken at each meeting to be shared with all special educators and related services providers.
D. The administration will continue to support the effort to implement Restorative Practices in newly selected schools.
The readiness survey will be administered in selected schools by the administration and FAC with support from the PGCPS Restorative Practices Coordinator to determine faculty support for becoming a Restorative Practice School. Schools where a minimum of 75% of staff is in support of the school transitioning to a Restorative Practice School will receive consideration of selection for the subsequent school year.
E. In schools transitioning to Restorative Practices, the district will provide principals with training and support to facilitate effective planning and implementation.
F. The Restorative Practices Coordinator will receive a compensatory emolument for his/her service. Unit I members will have the first opportunity to apply for the position.
G. Administrators and staff at Restorative Practices schools will receive designated training, including approved systemic financial support, to successfully implement the program throughout the school.