Wisconsin and Maryland are very different states
Teachers watching the eruptions in Wisconsin that are spreading to other states as quickly as revolts are catching fire in Arab countries have to feel lucky they teach in Maryland. They may be battling over how evaluations should be done, but those are small skirmishes compared to the fights to protect their right to bargain everything but wages. And the unions won a major victory a year ago when the legislature gave them an arbitration panel, taking disputes out of the hands of school boards, in some instances. The unions want to protect their pensions and health care benefits. But for private sector employees who have seen wages and benefits cut in the past five years, resentment is growing against unions who show no sensitivity to those declines.