The Problem in Annapolis
Back in the1920s, Maryland’s leaders made a key decision. They decided to make their public school system competitive with the rest of the country by having the state pay teacher pensions while counties would pay for teacher salaries. The idea was that if the entire state pooled its resources into education, Marylanders would be competitive with residents of other states for jobs.
In one sense, it worked. Maryland’s schools have been named number one the States Education Week four years in a row. All over the state, superintendents, principals, teachers, parents and communities are working hard to give Maryland’s kids a better future.
Unfortunately, the state has not held up its end of the deal. Over the last ten years, it has made a series of flawed decisions that have put its teacher pension fund in crisis. The state could have fixed the problems, but it never did.
Now the state wants to make YOU pay for those oversights. State leaders in Annapolis want to shift the responsibility of fixing its pension fund to county governments. That means YOU will face broken schools, decimated fire and police service, higher taxes or maybe all three.
Here’s how the problem was created.
And here’s what you can do about it.
By Administrator on March 2, 2012
The Eastern Shore counties created a Powerpoint presentation against the teacher pension shift. You can view it by clicking the link below.
"We, the undersigned organizations, are opposed to shifting costs for state pensions to county governments. The proposal that has been introduced in the Governor's budget would cost county governments $1.6 billion over the next five years alone. It would force counties to cut local services that residents depend on, from education to parks to arts and culture to libraries to human services to transportation. We call on the General Assembly to protect our community by opposing the shift."
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