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Moving back to classroom, Harford teachers union leader steps down

Moving back to classroom, Harford teachers union leader steps down

The leader of Harford County’s most influential public employees union will be stepping down at the end of this month.

Ryan Burbey has led the Harford County Education Association for the past six years. The association represents almost 3,000 classroom teachers and guidance counselors in collective bargaining with the county’s public school system.

In a recent interview, Burbey confirmed he is stepping down Aug. 1 after leading the union since 2012. He will be succeeded by the current vice president, Chrystie Crawford-Smick.

Burbey, 47, said he was out of release time with the school system, which meant he would either have to return to the classroom or lose his...

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