The Aegis' recent editorial, "A lot of money" errs in stating that "county school boards — with no input from the state — negotiate pension and salary packages with the teachers unions." The fact is pension benefits are established in statute by the Maryland General Assembly. They are not negotiable at the county level and are not subject to change unless action is taken by the Legislature. To be clear, teacher salaries are negotiated, established and paid for by the counties, while the pension benefits—based on a statutory formula determined in part by those salaries—are paid by the state.
R. Dean Kenderdine
State Retirement Agency