Monday, April 19, 2010

Who gets MCEA support

How does the MCEA choose the candidates it supports? Apparently there are a lot of criteria. Lots of "ours" and "contracts" and not a lot of "what's best for students." Just saying.

MCEA bases its recommendations on a number of factors, including:

1. Voting Record

For County Council and County Executive, primary consideration is given to votes approving funding for our contracts and votes on tax issues to provide adequate funding for the public school system. For Board of Education, primary consideration is given to votes approving our contracts, as well as votes on other educational policy issues that affect the working conditions of MCEA unit members. For the General Assembly MSTA [the state teachers] compiles a voting record. For example, during the last legislative term, the MSTA scorecard includes 12 votes in the Senate and 15 in the House over the four year term. In some situations the listed votes were unanimous. In other situations there were multiple votes on the same bill. Listed votes included numerous tax issues related to ensuring adequate funding for education, as well as votes on use of public tax dollars for private schools, as well as high profile votes on the Thornton school funding plan, the pension enhancement, and the proposed state take-over of 11 public schools in Baltimore.


  1. you forgot the other criterion, which the Washington Post described: the candidate must pay $6,000 to the "union."