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Posted at 7:00 PM ET, 02/ 8/2010

Why Montgomery spending is out of control

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Leo Sveikauskas
Bethesda

The editorial on the foul influence of the Montgomery County Teachers Union on teacher pay and retirement provisions was exactly on target. Put this together with the scandal of the full-pay disability system being taken advantage of by many county police officers, and you have a good example of why expenditures are out of control for the two largest county budget items.

If the well-educated citizens of Montgomery County cannot stop these rip-offs, it makes one wonder what is necessary to do so. Good for The Post for continuing to point out these outrages.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | February 8, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Montgomery County, schools  
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I'm wondering what Mr. Sveikauskas expects of unions. Of course the Montgomery County Teachers Association will lobby for teacher pay and retirement. That's what unions do. What the Post was accusing MCEA of was accepting payment for endorsements, which is, very simply, not true. Having participated directly in the endorsement process, I can assure you it is all done above board, in a democratic way, and we select teachers candidates to endorse based solely on their positions on educational issues. If those same candidates later help MCEA out with the cost of printing endorsement literature, it is to their benefit in that more Apple Ballots are printed and distributed, but no candidate has ever had to pay to make it to the apple ballot. In fact, many, of those endorsed on the ballot have not contributed in any way to the printing costs. What the anti-MCEA editorials really intend to do is weaken the earning power of public schoolteachers in a profession that already loses half of its members in the first five years. If the "well-educated citizens of Montgomery County" want the same educational outcomes for their own children, they would do well to question the Posts' motives in bashing teachers.

Posted by: gradelat | February 12, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

A heck of a lot of Montgomery County schoolteachers equate criticizing a teacher’s union with bashing teachers themselves.

Teachers, we love you and appreciate your valiant work, but you earn an “F” for reading comprehension.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 12, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Who are MCEA? 11,000+ teachers in Montgomery County. We are MCEA. When you criticize MCEA, you criticize us, not a separate entity. Taking a swipe at MCEA is taking a swipe at us, and, by extension, taking aim at our ability to teach the children we serve. It is you who just doesn't get it. Sorry, FedUpinMoCo, you can't have it both ways. Undermining the efforts of those we've chosen to represent us shows absolutely no "love" or appreciation for what we do. Perhaps those who feel as you do need a more public display of how united we teachers really are.

Posted by: gradelat | February 15, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

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