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One “lucky dog” - Alumni Profiles
March 2012 Issue
Michael Simpson’s presentation to public school educators starts with a projected image of a 1974 Playgirl photo of a California teacher who was fired after appearing nude in the magazine. “Back in the day you really had to try hard to get yourself in the media,” Simpson says he tells his audience. “Then I compare that to what teachers have been putting on their Facebook pages.” A lawyer for the National Education Association in Washington, D.C., for the past 31 years, Simpson helps public school employees understand their rights within the law as well as the pitfalls that can cost them their careers—and represents those in court who are dismissed from their positions. Coming from a family of educators—his mom was a professor in UGA’s College of Education—Simpson understands the challenges facing 21st century public school employees. Among the issues facing the association these days: the rights of public school teachers to free speech, the abolition of bargaining rights for teachers …
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