New York Times: Helping Teachers Help Themselves
By MICHAEL WINERIP
Published: June 5, 2011
...Five years ago, the district [MCPS] created a budget committee, half of whose members belonged to unions. Last year, when Larry Bowers, the district’s [MCPS'] finance director, said the schools could not afford a scheduled 5.3 percent raise, the teachers’ union agreed. “Saved us $89 million,” Mr. Bowers said.
Mr. Prouty, the union president, said he knew Mr. Bowers was telling the truth. “We formulate the budget; we know where the money is, which makes us much more trusting,” said Mr. Prouty, whose members also agreed to forgo a raise next year.