In her May 16 letter, Kristin Trible, president of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs, implied that the fate of our schoolchildren is on the line in the debate over the county schools budget. She said that public discussion has focused unnecessarily on school employee health benefits and matters of “fairness,” and she asserted that “each child gets only one shot at a quality education,” a mantra that makes for a good sound bite.
However, Ms. Trible appeared to be unaware that increasing the school employees’ 5 to 10 percent share of health insurance premiums and aligning them with those of other county workers will get our schoolchildren exactly what she advocates: no cuts to classroom instruction and no reduction in the number of school teachers.
Does the Council of PTAs believe that the overly generous health benefits plans of union members are more important than the “quality education” of our schoolchildren?
Monday, May 23, 2011
In a letter to the editor of the Washington Post, Joan Fidler, president of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League, writes:
Posted by Louis Wilen at 9:39 PM