Does The Post appreciate teachers?
By Doug Prouty
The Post’s Feb. 5 editorial “Rotten apple” revealed an anti-teacher bias.
The statement that “Teachers ..... deserve good salaries and benefits for doing a tough and important job” was followed by outrage over “skyrocketing payroll costs.” Which is it? You can’t have it both ways. The Post also ignored the fact that Montgomery County school employees voluntarily gave up their negotiated cost-of-living increase this year, saving the county $89 million.
The editorial also challenges the rights of teachers to be involved in politics, asserting that Montgomery County Education Association “is in effect hiring its own bosses.” It is, in fact, the voters of Montgomery County who elect candidates who support public education. The result is a school system that is nationally renowned.
Montgomery County appreciates its teachers; it’s too bad The Post doesn’t.
The writer is president of the Montgomery County Education Association.
| February 8, 2010; 7:04 PM ET
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