This Week at MCEA

May 28, 2024

1. Educators Take Action: Stop MCPS Staff Cuts 

2. RSVP: President Martin Retirement Celebration, June 14 

3. Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) EOY Celebration June 6 

4. National Board Interest Sessions: Registration Now Open! 

5. MSEA Casting Calls 

6. MSEA Educator Appreciation Day June 8

7. Summer Social Justice Conference and Heritage Programs 

8. MSEA Summer Events

9. 2024 DC Labor Filmfest May 1-30 


1. Educators Take Action: Stop MCPS Staff Cuts

Hundreds of MCEA members, parents, and community supporters turned out to the Board of Education hearing last Thursday to tell Interim Superintendent Felder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Brian Hull that cutting staff positions is an unacceptable solution to balancing the MCPS budget.  

The proposed cuts are both alarming and unnecessary: Under Brian Hull’s two-year tenure as COO, payments for contractual services have ballooned by 42% to $100 million in the proposed FY25 budget. These services should be reduced significantly before any cuts to the classroom can be seriously considered. 

We demonstrated to the Board last week that we’re serious about our demands; we can keep up the momentum by continuing to flood Dr. Felder and Brian Hull with phone calls and emails telling them to cut contractual services, not educator contracts.  

Call and email Interim Superintendent Felder and Chief Operating Officer Brian Hull NOW! 

Dr. Monique Felder: 240-740-3020, [email protected]  

Brian Hull: 240-740-3050, [email protected] 


2. RSVP: President Martin Retirement Celebration, June 14 

Join MCEA as we honor, and say farewell, to MCEA President Jennifer Martin. 

The celebration will take place on June 14, 2024, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at MCEA Headquarters, 12 Taft Court, Rockville. 

RSVP here. 


3. Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) EOY Celebration, June 6 

MCEA’s Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) invites you to an End of Year (EOY) Celebration on Thursday, June 6, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the MCEA Headquarters. Please  RSVP by June 3. 


4. National Board Interest Sessions: Registration Now Open! 

Are you a reflective teacher and ready to go on a journey of professional growth to achieve National Board Certification (NBC)? Eligible teachers who hold NBC receive a yearly $10,000 salary supplement and those who teach in low-performing schools receive an additional $7,000 stacked on top of the $10K. If you are at least in your third year of teaching right now and curious about beginning the NBC process in the Fall of 2024, please be sure to attend an NBC information session. Visit the flyer for more information and to register. 


5. MSEA Casting Calls 

 MSEA is looking for student performing groups to potentially showcase their talent at future Fall RAs, including choirs, bands, dancing troupes, and other public school-based performance groups. If any such groups in your schools come to mind, please share information about them with Noreth Marquez Rico, [email protected]. 


 6. MSEA Educator Appreciation Day June 8

Join MSEA for our 12th annual Educator Appreciation Day on Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MSEA headquarters in Annapolis! This event will celebrate the hard work and dedication of all educators with raffles, refreshments, and giveaways from participating local businesses. Click here for more information.

Contact: Adam Mendelson

7. Summer Social Justice Conference and Heritage Programs 

 Each May, our nation celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month, a time to honor the varied and vibrant history of Jewish Americans and explore their impact on the U.S., from its founding to today. Learn more about how NEA celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month. 

NEA’s Conference on Racial and Social Justice will be held in Philadelphia June 30-July 2, 2024. For more information and registration details, visit the NEA website. 


Celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI). Visit NEA for instructional resources and information. 


8. MSEA Summer Events

2024 Summer Leadership Conference (July 23)—One Union, One Voice: We’re All in This Together—learn more about this event and register here. The deadline to register is June 24, 2024, additional information is here. 

 MSEA Day at Camden Yards (July 28): see event description here. 


 9. 2024 DC Labor Filmfest May 1-30 

Organized and presented by the Labor Heritage Foundation and the AFI Silver, this annual series features a wide-ranging selection of films about work, workers and the wider issues affecting workers’ lives. Union members receive Silver Cinema Club (Star level) ticket discount. 

The filmfest is hosted at the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD. Click here for more information. 

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