Last week when Governor Hogan announced he would withhold $68 million in education funding, the governor claimed that teachers unions ran a smear campaign against him. However, during a news conference in Baltimore calling on the governor to release those funds, figures such as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore City Public School System CEO Gregory Thornton and a host of state legislators were in attendance. Were they also running a smear campaign? Was Del. Maggie McIntosh — chair of the Maryland House Appropriations Committee, the committee that found the money to fund education and worker pension — in on the "smear campaign" because she also called on Governor Hogan to release the money? What the governor fails to realize is that we in the teachers union aren't interested in smear campaigns, we're interested in providing our students the best resources, programs and safe classrooms.