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Time has a beef with teacher pensions

November 11, 2010

Time Magazine makes the case against teacher pensions this week… Or at least a strong argument for major reforms.

Andrew Rotherham, the blogger behind Eduwonk, argues that current teacher pension systems are putting states and municipalities in a financial hole. Plus, he believes they encourage teachers to stay in the classroom even if they don’t really want to be there.

The argument for keeping teacher pensions the way they are is largely absent here. Would some teachers like to chime in?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Better than Frank permalink
    November 16, 2010 2:18 pm

    seems more like an old argument. We’d rather pay teachers just enough to keep them around when we want them but not enough to keep them around when they want to stay. Just like it was when they were treated like factory workers. This isn’t reform. This is going back to the dark ages.

  2. Patrick Crowley permalink
    November 17, 2010 11:54 am

    oh my, what a surprise:

    About the author: “He serves on advisory boards and committees for a variety of organizations including The Broad Foundation…”

    • November 17, 2010 3:29 pm

      Okay, so the Broad Foundation believes schools should function more like businesses. That’s certainly something they are not alone in thinking. I’m still waiting for someone to articulate what’s wrong with treating teachers more like workers in the private sector.

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