Baltimore County Public Schools

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great school, terrible system in general

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Current Employee - Teacher
Current Employee - Teacher

Pros

If you have a good administrator who supports teachers and students and is not afraid to stand up to the politics and ridiculous demands of the higher-ups, work enviroment is good.

Cons

Ridiculous amount of extra paperwork, data collection that is never used, and policies that change with the season make teaching difficult.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Go back to the classroom and try to implement your demands. See what it is like in a real classroom these days.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intense politics that trump actual teacher performance

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    Pros

    The staff at some of the schools is great.

    Cons

    The professional development isn't nearly as good as other state counties I have worked for, and the politics are intense and unforgiving. If you get into a school with poor upper management that wants you out, good luck. The powers that be at headquarters will go along with it regardless of your actual skills, work ethic, student test scores, or any positive impact you are having on your students. I have seen good teachers casually dismissed from this county simply because they asked important questions in an earnest attempt to improve the school and the administration didn't want to answer them and decided to go after them. If you are going to work here, proceed with extreme caution before saying anything that might "rock the boat" even a little to anyone in a position of power.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a truly objective way to assess teacher performance and use that, above all else, to evaluate their performance. Support new teachers in any way possible, and (barring any serious misconduct) provide them with at least one full year, if not a second at a different school, before terminating them. This approach would help cut recruitment and retention costs for the county while offering true objectivity in teacher assessment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Job for those who love children

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Baltimore, MD

    Pros

    A Substitute has freedom to work as much or as little as they desire. You can choose which schools or teachers you work for. I can also choose grades and subject matter that I teach. Having a degree will increase the pay. Gives me the freedom to continue school and work at the same time without overload.

    Cons

    Not everyone is always welcoming and helpful at certain schools.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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