Public Schools

“Budget kabuki theater”

“In the latest seriocomedy, the school system is threatening to sue the County Council to block it from making additional funding cuts for public schools.”

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Teachers’ Union Pres. Defends Lobbying

Teachers’ union president defends the union’s lobbying, but did he inadvertently betray his own cause? When the economy crashed last year and a contract we had bargained in better economic times was no longer feasible, MCEA members voted overwhelmingly to forgo $89 million in pay raises for the current school year. We know that the…

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Money Doesn’t Buy Test Scores

The Maryland Public Policy Institute debunks the myth that increased school spending necessitates higher achievement: The fact is that the level of education funding has little to do with how well students are taught…..One of the most comprehensive reviews of studies on education funding was done by Dr. Eric Hanushek of Stanford University. He found…

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Post: “Cash on the barrel”

The Post’s editorial board wants to know whose interests the Council really serves In effect, local officeholders are so beholden to the union that they have forfeited their obligation to exercise independent oversight over contract negotiations. One result is that the average salary for a Montgomery County teacher, $76,483, is the highest among suburban school…

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Post: “In Montgomery County, scare tactics by teachers union are the norm”

From the Washington Post’s editorial board: Unsurprisingly, the MCEA, backed by its anointed candidates on the Montgomery County Council, the county school board and the local delegation to the state legislature, has been able to squeeze enormous concessions from the school system in past contract negotiations. Over the past three years, the salary of a…

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