Answer Near: The question is not "public pension, agree or disagree" because pensions differ so much. So do pensions in the private sector. The question is how much goes in, from who, when. The 6 percent you mention, in my experience, is (was) an employer match of 50 percent of up to six percent of the employee's salary. Some 401(k) plans now have no employer match, much less a defined benefit. "Drastic" change is in the eye of the holder and those underwriting the pension plan. I can't imagine the city having too much difficulty finding employees in this job market.
Interesting factoid from The Wall Street Journal today: "9,530. The preliminary number of first-year applicants to the University of Louisville for fall 2013, a 13% increase from the year prior. The school stopped taking applications in March. The Cardinals won the Sugar Bowl in January and went on to win the men's basketball national championship in April."
Hornsey's punt was a marvel. If it had not been fielded it would have gone into the endzone and more than 85 yards, most of that in the air.
Jennifer, your theory that owners of local news publications are destroying public education is preposterous. Your "parody" seems aimed at the CA, at least as far as "the editors" who praised TFA in "today's column." As to your question about letting my children in a TFA class, absolutely.
And I thought I was cynical. Believe what you want to-- unnamed experts, condescending retired newspaper reporters, the Census Bureau. As this post says, Nashville (and Detroit, which had a lower than expected loss) ran the story.
Drift: the deputy city CAO, a pretty good number cruncher, told me annexations were not the driver of the population gain, so quoted in an earlier post when the report came out and was largely ignored.
Grove: Agree. I think that was/is the idea behind the value-added measure, hellish as it is to explain and track.
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