FutureBlog readers probably know Bertis Downs as longtime manager of R.E.M. An attorney from Athens Ga, he is enjoying his “active retirement” in a number of ways— keeping up with the ongoing legacy of R.E.M., spending more time with his family (really), teaching and engaging in various professional and educational settings (like Future of Music Summits and the like), and pursuing his passion for public education as he considers the future of education for his own kids, and other people’s kids, in our country’s underfunded and increasingly besieged public education system (among his heroes are Diane Ravitch and Linda Darling-Hammond, who stick to the facts and don’t mind calling out wrongheaded “solutions, ” whether they are mean-spirited or just misguided).
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