Sunday, July 29, 2012

MPSERS (retirement system)

An interesting interview with David Cambell, veteran school administrator, on retirement system reform.

Millions at stake for schools as Senate considers teacher retirement change | Bridge Michigan
David Campbell, superintendent of the Livingston Educational Service Agency, has been watching the debate over reform of the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) for years from multiple perspectives, as a public school administrator charged with spending scarce resources, and as a future pensioner himself who will feel the effects of the reforms. All of which makes advocating for MPSERS reform more complicated and less gratifying than, for instance, advocating for direct s...

Another movie promoting "school reform"

 Hope you can read this story in Education Week.  A new movie to be released in September, called "Won't Back Down," is a fictionalized portrayal of the use of parent trigger laws.  The movie is produced by Walden Media, the same production company behind "Waiting for Superman," a film widely used to disparage public education and teachers unions.  "Won't Back Down" promises to be a feel good movie on its surface, but it should definitely be viewed with a critical eye.