As the budget moved to the county council, we again worked closely with several of the County Council members, including Chairman Tom Quirk. We are thankful the council realized there was no fat in the school system budget and decided to leave the school system budget intact. The council truly worked in a bi-partisan manner as they faced the really tough issues, including raising revenues. Council members Quirk, Izzy Patoka, A. Wade Kach, Julian Jones, David Marks and Cathy Bevins are to be commended and thanked for not only providing the means for this budget to become a reality, but for understanding that public education is the underpinning of our county, state and nation. The Teachers Association of Baltimore County looks forward to working with both the county executive and the County Council in the future to ensure our students receive the education they deserve and our teachers, administrators and support staff have the tools they need to provide the best education possible.