Prince George’s County Public School teachers will see a pay increase for the first time in three years thanks to a new, three-year contract agreed to by their union, Prince George’s County Educator’s Association (PGCEA), and the Prince George’s County Board of Education.
Verjeana Jacobs, board chair and District 5 representative praised the agreement in a press release, calling it “a huge victory for our students.”
“Despite having to cope with significant budget cuts our teachers remained dedicated to our students. They should be rewarded for their unwavering commitment to education,” she stated in the release.
Highlights of the contract include a step increase for the 2012-2013 school year and a one-time 2 percent payment for those at the top of the pay scale. According to glassdoor.com, on average, PGCPS teachers make around $63,000 a year, although a veteran teacher with a doctorate degree could make more than $100,000 a year.
“This contract is an important step towards showing our appreciation for the hard work and dedication of educators across Prince George’s County,” County Executive Rushern Baker said in the press release. “I also want to commend PGCEA and the Board of Education for working together for the success of our students and families.”
Other highlights of the contract include permission for teachers to telework on grading/planning days and the establishment of a joint council to address staff recruitment, placement and development in schools.