January 24, 2003 - Hopkinton Crier: Kenya RPCV, Sierra Leone Country Director and Massachusetts State Senator David Magnani promoted bill that gives Massachusetts Peace Corps vets pension credit for teaching

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Kenya RPCV, Sierra Leone Country Director and Massachusetts State Senator David Magnani promoted bill that gives Massachusetts Peace Corps vets pension credit for teaching





Read and comment on this story from the Hopkinton Crier on Kenya RPCV, Sierra Leone Country Director, and Massachusetts State Senator David Magnani's bill that grants people who served in the Peace Corps up to three years of creditable service toward their pension if they are currently public school teachers or guidance counselors, which was was just signed into law at:

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Magnani bill gives Peace Corps vets pension credit

Friday, January 24, 2003

In a move to improve the quality of teaching in the Commonwealth H5103, Senator David P. Magnani's bill that grants people who served in the Peace Corps up to three years of creditable service toward their pension if they are currently public school teachers or guidance counselors, was signed into law. This new law will help bring a broader global perspective to the classrooms of Massachusetts schools and our students.

This law will serve as an additional benefit to a bill passed six years ago by Senator Magnani that allowed teachers to leave their positions within the Massachusetts public school system to teach in the Peace Corps, then allowing them to come back to teach again. Now the teachers will be able to benefit from those years by including them as creditable service towards their retirement.

"This is a win on multiple fronts," said Sen. Magnani. "It will benefit children overseas whom experienced Massachusetts' teachers will teach. It is a win for the Peace Corps and for America because it will enhance our stature abroad. It is a win for Massachusetts' students who will benefit in their classrooms through teachers with a broader perspective on the world. It will also benefit the individual teacher culturally, financially and pedagogically. They will be better teachers."

"Senator Magnani's leadership in the Senate and in coordinating efforts for final passage during a very frenzied time were key to success," commented Jack Flannagan, Legislative Agent for the Massachusetts Teachers Association. "Without his advocacy and contacts with the outgoing Swift administration there would have been no bill.

Fortunately, local school districts and the Mass. Department of Education now can recruit more effectively for new teachers through the Peace Corps as only seven other states offer this incentive to those thinking about teaching as a career."

Senator Magnani served for three years with the Science Curriculum Development Center at the University of Sierra Leone through the Peace Corps. He then returned to West Africa to serve as Peace Corps Training Director for Science Education in Kenya.
More about RPCV, Country Director, and Massachusetts State Senator David Magnani



Read more about RPCV, Country Director, and Massachusetts State Senator David Magnani at:

STATE SENATOR DAVID P. MAGNANI

STATE SENATOR DAVID P. MAGNANI

State House District Office

Room 323 129A Concord Street, Suite 24

Boston, MA 02133 Framingham, MA 01702

Tel: (617) 722-1640 Tel: (508) 626-8800

Fax: (508) 626-8819

State House E-Mail Address: DMagnani@senate.state.ma.us

Party Affiliation - DEMOCRAT

DISTRICT REPRESENTED: SECOND MIDDLESEX AND NORFOLK. Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton and Natick, precincts 1 to 5, inclusive, and 8, in the county of Middlesex; Franklin, precincts 1 and 5 to 8, inclusive, and Medway, in the county of Norfolk.

EDUCATION: Northeastern University, B.S.M.E.; University of Massachusetts (Amherst), Ed.D., M.Ed.; Harvard University, M.P.A.

PROFESSION: Legislator.

ORGANIZATIONS: Columbus Society; Knights of Columbus; National Council of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers; St. Bridget's.

PUBLIC OFFICE: Ashland Town Government Committee; Mass. House (1985-'92); Mass. Senate (1993-2004).

Committees on which the legislator serves:

Senate Ways and Means

Senate Long Term Debt and Capital Expenditures (Vice-Chairperson)

Senate Science and Technology (Vice Chairperson)

Commerce and Labor

Education, Arts and Humanities (Vice-Chairperson)

Energy (Vice-Chairperson)

Public Service (Chaiperson)

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