BTU members and AFT-Maryland members met with legislators in Annapolis on Monday, February 9th to urge them not to vote in favor of Gov. Larry Hogan’s budget which cuts more than $35 million from the Baltimore City Public Schools Budget and could lead to more than 400 teacher layoffs.
Several buses left from the BTU and locations around the city to go to Annapolis and be heard.
LaQuisha Hall, a teacher and advocate for young women received the BTU Women’s Rights Award. Her “survive, then conquer” philosophy teaches communities to not only overcome catastrophe, but to support others in doing the same. LaQuisha has empowered others to empower others for over a decade and has no plans of stopping.
Hattie Rhames, a former PSRP Executive Board Member and paraprofessional in BCPSS for nearly 40 years received the Barbara Van Blake Civil and Human Rights Award. Hattie has served on the BTU’s COPE committee as well as on her local board, Coppin Heights, she’s a member of the Queen Esther Chapter, OES, Inc., HABC Tenant Council, NAACP, BUILD, the Baltimore City Police Action Program and Resident Advisory Board for Housing Authority of Baltimore. Hattie is also a member of Whitestone Baptist Church.
Before receiving their awards Ms. Hall, Ms. Rhames and the rest of those in attendance at the breakfast heard from the guest speaker, Minister Larin Walker from Friendship Baptist Church. He told the group to “brush the dirt off their shoulders” and to make a new beginning for themselves and to live the life they want to be living.
MBABSE and BTU Teacher of the Year
MBABSE and BTU will again recognize outstanding teachers in the Baltimore City Public School System. Last year we honored Mrs. Demorris Ervin, Ms. Chassity Beads and Mr. Nathaniel Latimore for their outstanding performance. Again, we congratulate last year’s honorees.
This year we would like to recognize a teacher at each of the following levels:
- High School
Nomination Form submitted – February 2 15 Nomination Form 1
Nomination information forms – February 27th 15 Nominee Information Sheet (7)
Notification of honorees – Week of March 27th