Why Politics?

How many decisions do you actually get to make about what happens in your classroom?

Elected politicians, or those appointed by them, decide every one of the important education issues we deal with every day. If you ever wondered why your CCCTA and MSEA are involved in politics locally and statewide, just check out the list below.

The Issue : Who Decides

Your salary :  Local Board of Education
Retirement benefits : General Assembly, Maryland Teachers Retirement and Pension System Board
School budget : Governor, General Assembly (state aid to education), county officials and Local Board of Education
Amount of federal school aid : President and Congress
Certification standards :  State Board of Education and State Department of Education
Class size :  Governor, General Assembly, county officials and Local Board of Education
Length of school year :  State Board of Education
Duty free lunch :  Local Board of Education (this is a negotiated item in Cecil)
Length of workday  : Local Board of Education
Health/Dental insurance benefit :  Local Board of Education
Course content :  State Board of Education and State Department of Education                               

Mandatory classes :  State Board of Education and State Department of Education
Social Security participation :  General Assembly
Fringe benefits :  Governor, General Assembly, Local Board of Education, elected county officials
Employee collective bargaining rights and due process :  Governor, General Assembly, Local Board of Education, elected county officials, Publiv School Labor Relations Board
Health and safety standards :  Governor, General Assembly, Congress
Chapter I (Title I) funding :  Congress
Tuition tax credits :  Governor, General Assembly, Congress
Corporal punishment policies :  Governor, General Assembly

Discipline Policies :  State Board of Education, General Assembly, Local Board of Education  

Worker’s compensation :  Governor, General Assembly
Unemployment Compensation :  Governor, General Assembly
Licensing fees :  Governor, General Assembly
Tax credits for school supplies :  Governor, General Assembly