There is no doubt that CCPS would like to adequately compensate its employees. Unfortunately, the uncertainty of how much of the budget will get funded adversely impacts contract negotiations with the bargaining units. Even though intense haggling seems to be a perennial event, this year should have been different. Thanks to the General Assembly, the state of Maryland has increased its funding for education by $850 million, on a mostly bipartisan vote. Justin Ready, Katie Fry Hester, and Susan Krebs all supported this legislation. Inexplicably, Haven Shoemaker and April Rose voted against supporting public education. With friends like them in Annapolis, who needs enemies? Some of the new education funding is earmarked for teacher salaries. If CCPS increases salaries by 3%, the state will kick in another 1.5%, about $2.25 million. This should be a no-brainer.