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Baltimore County Public Schools Reviews

Updated June 8, 2018
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  • "More and more school leaders and central office are only African American" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Large class sizes, over-populated schools, no-ac" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Coach"

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    Current Employee - Coach in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Coach in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Baltimore County Public Schools (More than a year)

    Pros

    supportive staff, flexibility, professional development, guidance, resources

    Cons

    long days, underpaid, driving, heavy workload, tight schedule


  2. "Disrespect"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Dundalk, MD
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Dundalk, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Baltimore County Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great kids, some great teachers/ fellow employees

    Cons

    Lack of appreciation for teachers

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Baltimore County Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Very strong and cohesive staff. Most of the teachers were very supportive and understanding of the needs of their co-workers.

    Cons

    There was very little support for new incoming teachers. I felt in the dark during most of my time there. Administratively, there was also very little support for teachers in regards to behavior management .

    Advice to Management

    Be more accessible and available to offer support when needed.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Internet search engines are your friend"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Baltimore County Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    received all of my steps after working in two different school districts for the past 11 years, which is basically unheard of
    lots of professional development opportunities, many of which are paid

    Cons

    So corrupt you'd think you're working in the city, one of my administrators was extremely unprofessional and possibly a sociopath, several of the buildings in terrible shape with little supplies and/or broken technology - but every K-12 student has a "device" (BCPS's outdated touchscreen laptops), nepotism abound, some extremely challenging behaviors w/little help from admin.

    Advice to Management

    Try listening to your teachers' complaints, then certain schools wouldn't have such high turnover rates.


  5. "Testing Testing Testing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Salary and benefits were good. Loved working with students. That was the biggest plus. Great colleagues also. Too much work.

    Cons

    All about the test now! So different from years ago when you could actually work with students and find out what they love.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about teachers.


  6. "Substitute teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baltimore County Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    Substitute teaching is a flexible job. you can decide to accept or reject work assignment. it's a rewarding job, sometimes will receive a hug from students.

    Cons

    You don't know when the system will call you, sometimes the job is available only on that day. little money. no benefits. About the students, some of them are disrespectful, you need to deal with challenging behavior also need to learn how to manage the classroom.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to be a full-time teacher you can start with sub teaching.


  7. "Mathematics teacher"

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    Current Employee - Linux Systems Administrator in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Linux Systems Administrator in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Baltimore County Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I like children that is why i teach them

    Cons

    Children behavior sometime can be frustrating

    Advice to Management

    Improve on discipline rule to make the students more accountable.

  8. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Baltimore County Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Tuition Reimbursement
    Working with diverse students and staff
    Strong Union

    Cons

    Workload life balance
    Support from OSE
    Not enough support in schools


  9. Helpful (1)

    "High School English Teacher"

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    Current Employee - High School English Teacher in Towson, MD
    Current Employee - High School English Teacher in Towson, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Baltimore County Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Many opportunities for extracurricular involvement

    Cons

    Poorly organized leadership
    Unethical behavior by middle and upper level administrators
    Lack of support in dealing with parents and administrators
    Too many poorly executed technology and curriculum initiatives
    Large class sizes
    Constant unnecessary meetings and redundant paperwork

    Advice to Management

    Support your teachers


  10. "Administrator -retired"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Baltimore County Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Students are great and schools have a diverse population. Technology is a high priority for 21st century learning.

    Cons

    Long hours, low appreciation by executive directors, some executive directors lack empathy and training on how to mentor a principal through a problem and instead discipline and insult you to “resolve “ the issue. In general principals fear making mistakes and being demoted.

    Advice to Management

    Long work hours, many administrator meetings, equity training focus on “white privilege” with no focus on poverty or multicultural needs (tends to focus on needs of only one race although BCPS is very diverse. Also equity meetings do not give strategies to help these students to close achievement gaps. Furthermore, do not expect praise for your hardwork by executive directors in particular zones. Teachers Union provides teachers the anonymous opportunity to rate and cruelly comment on the principal each year. Therefore expect retaliation from teachers that are not preforming well. Do not expect executive directors to be sympathetic to the fact that you must manage and that sometimes leads to teacher hard feelings and therefore affects your survey. Some executive directors only visit schools to conduct mandatory quarterly visits or for disciplinary reasons due to anonymous teacher and or parent complaints. Friendly executive director visits were rare- Never recieved a compliment on the fact that I raised scores every year at my schools. Just seems like executive directors only have time to put out fires and no time to build relationships- the very thing they promote and want administrators to do ever day. If you are near retirement you might be pushed out before you are ready.


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