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Posted at 7:04 PM ET, 02/ 8/2010

Does The Post appreciate teachers?

By editors

By Doug Prouty
Silver Spring

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.

By editors  | February 8, 2010; 7:04 PM ET
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I'm most interested in the Post's assertion that endorsed candidates are expected to pay what they "owe" to MCEA's PAC. Can someone elaborate on whether that is accurate? Online records definately show that certain Board of Education members have indeed made contributions from their "candidate's account" to the MCEA PAC.

Posted by: ontarget1 | February 9, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I think we need to separate the teachers from the administrators in this debate. In Alexandria 83 people in the Education Department make over $100,000 a year. Not a single teacher is on the list. Do we really need, for instance, a Career and Transition Specialist at $103,749.23 a year plus benefits? Over the last nine years, education expenses are up 49.7%, adjusted for inflation, with an increase in student population of less than 2% in the same period.

Posted by: jjudsonsmith | February 9, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

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