Bush Fellows on Pension Reform

As you know, the state of the educator pension system in most states is in troubled shape. Dr. Michael Podgursky, an education fellow at the George W. Bush Institute, recently proposed that in order to implement a system that is both efficient and sustainable, there are two critical principles that must be followed:

As you know, the state of the educator pension system in most states is in troubled shape. Dr. Michael Podgursky, an education fellow at the George W. Bush Institute, recently proposed that in order to implement a system that is both efficient and sustainable, there are two critical principles that must be followed: 1) make the costs and benefits of educator pension plans transparent, 2) clearly tie benefits to contributions. EducationWeek published Podgursky’s recommendations, as he carefully outlined why these two principles are critical to making these educator pension issues find a sustainable resolution.

In addition, Dr. Kerri Briggs’ recent op-ed in the Detroit News pointed to a similar plan of holding schools accountable for making sure children receive an education, rather than receiving mere instruction on passing an exam. Ms. Briggs serves as the director of the education reform initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, and her perspective raises this troubling notion: “What happens when we don’t hold accountable a school that isn’t classified in the bottom five percent of the nation, but where 40 percent of third graders can’t read? Focusing solely on the biggest failures will not help ensure that each American student receives the quality education they deserve. “

We wanted to make you aware of these perspectives from the thought leaders at the George W. Bush Institute. Both Dr. Podgursky and Dr. Briggs are available for your inquiries and comment at any time to speak with you about education issues of interest.

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April 22nd, 2011

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