Last updated on: 1/11/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Michael E. Kramer, JD, MBA Biography

Title:
Outside Counsel to the Georgia Association of Educators
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"
Reasoning:

“Of the 50 states in the United States, 49 have some form of teacher tenure, or ‘fair dismissal laws’ protecting teachers from arbitrary firings. Most of these states clearly outrank Georgia on student testing and achievement in multiple categories. These states have no problem outshining Georgia on educational measures while also requiring administrators to justify the firing of public schoolteachers. Clearly, tenure laws are not holding back other states from achieving education reform or student progress and achievement. (In fact, Mississippi is the only state that has no statutory protections providing a due process hearing for teachers. Mississippi ranks lowest in most educational measures).

How can anyone object to requiring an administrator ‘to have a good reason’ for firing a public schoolteacher? Isn’t this simply holding the administrator responsible for sound educational judgment?…

While educational systems can and should be constantly improved, its disingenuous to suggest that tenure has held education backā€¦

Fair dismissal is not about protecting bad teachers. The solution to the problem of the ‘bad’ teacher is not the abolition of a fair hearing for all teachers. The hearing process protects good teachers from arbitrary, retaliatory, political, and discriminatory actions. We should all support that goal.”

“Good Reasons to Save Teacher Tenure,” gae2.org, Nov. 18, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Of Counsel, Buckley Beal, 2014-present
  • Outside Counsel, Georgia Association of Educators, 2007-present
  • Of Counsel, Buckley & Klein, LLP, Apr. 2010-2014
  • General Counsel, Georgia Association of Educators, 1985-1992, 1998-2007
  • Counsel, Fulton County Employees Retirement System
  • Counsel, Housing Authority for the City of Atlanta
  • Counsel, Service Employees International Union
  • Counsel, Mail Handlers Local 310
  • Counsel, Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Attorney, Clements & Sweet, PC, June 2008-Apr.2010
  • Consultant, Intellectual Property and Investment, Qivliq, Apr. 2008-present
  • Treasurer, GreenLaw, Inc., 2003-present
  • Board Member, GreenLaw, Inc., 1998-present
  • Founding and Managing Partner, Kramer & Patel, LLC, May 1997-June 2008
  • Partner, Zimring & Ellin, PC, May 1992-Apr. 1997
  • In-house General Counsel, Georgia Association of Educators, 1985-1992
  • Attorney, US Securities & Exchange Commission, Mar. 1984-June 1985
Education:
  • MBA, Emory University, 1990
  • JD, University of California at Davis, 1980
  • BA, Government, Oberlin College, 1976
Other:
  • Editor, UC Davis Law Review, UC Davis Law School, 1979-1980
  • He and his wife Gerri, a psychologist, have two daughters
  • He plays guitar and harmonica in neighborhood music sessions