FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — There are growing worries that lower salaries may begin to drive teachers out of Frederick County as their pay has been frozen for a fourth straight year.

Teacher Patty Madert tells The Frederick News Post she has to consider leaving for a neighboring county.

A school board vote last week means teachers could face a pay cut in the year ahead or furloughs. The Frederick County Board of Education voted to take money from the salary fund to avoid raising class sizes. Teachers have not had a raise since 2009.

Frederick teacher salaries rank near the bottom half of Maryland counties.

Superintendent Terry Alban says she worries about the long-term consequences. She says there was an increase last year in teachers who resigned but continued to teach elsewhere.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. Mike Brown says:

    Where are they going to go to get a job? They should be lucky they still have one. I guess it’s the old “entitlement” mentality. I’m a teacher so I should get a raise every year. Sorry we are all doing our fair share so you should be proud instead of disappointed.

  2. Ron Calabrese says:

    I am a (non-public) teacher who has been under- or unemployed for a year and a half. I don’t feel sorry for those teachers.

  3. freddie says:

    Fuc them teachers, they work 6 mos a yr, have great health care & pensions & the kids are still dummies.

  4. James in Westminster says:

    Not really. I’d imagine that a lot of teachers would be happy to stay in public schools because they kids there are better than kids down in Montgomery or Baltimore counties. Even AA.

    I don’t think too many teachers, after working in Frederick county schools (or Carroll) would be willing to go to Baltimore City or PG county where students not only don’t want to learn, but are just plain disruptive animals with no sense of control or responsibility.

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