Afraid to Speak Out?


Baltimore County Board of Education member Kathleen Causey wants to hear from teachers.  For those who are hesitant to express any criticism of current BCPS initiatives, Causey set up a post office box to hear from teachers, which she shared in 2016 at a BOE meeting.  Causey and several other BOE members are concerned about teachers who are afraid to express opinions because of retaliation.   Retaliation can  be obvious, such as when a teacher is called into the principal’s office and told she was being “unprofessional on social media”.  While this may be a he-said-she-said situation, it is threatening nonetheless as professionalism is an important component of teacher evaluation.  Retaliation can also be blatant, and come in the form of priority transfer (involuntary transfer to another school). Or it can be subtle, such as extra duty assignments or being excluded from important committees.

Kathleen Causey’s  address is: PO Box 311, Sparks, MD 2162.   Teachers are encouraged to share their concerns with Causey and may do so anonymously.


About Anne Spigelmire-Groth

Thank you for reading my blog. I was a teacher for 35 years, 30 in the Baltimore County Public Schools and five years in International Schools in the Netherlands. Experience: Elementary classroom, elementary reading specialist, middle school reading specialist, middle school English teacher, elementary school library media specialist, adjunct college instructor, and National Board Certification in Library Media
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