Retirement

Teachers and staff protest outside Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in New York Oct. 2, calling for more and better COVID-19 testing and precautions. Teacher retirements are actually down this year in the city despite the pandemic.
Teachers and staff protest outside Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in New York Oct. 2, calling for more and better COVID-19 testing and precautions. Teacher retirements are actually down this year in the city despite the pandemic.
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Teaching Profession Explainer Did COVID-19 Really Drive Teachers to Quit?
An Education Week analysis shows that the predicted wave of leavers has not yet materialized across the nation.
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Teaching Profession Video What It’s Like to Retire During a Pandemic
For first grade teacher Kristi Kucera, retiring in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic disrupted her plans.
Kaylee Domzalski, June 18, 2020
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Teaching Profession Retired Teachers Struggle to Make Ends Meet
Many teachers went into the profession for the promise of a comfortable pension. But payouts haven’t always kept up with cost of living, and some retirees are barely scraping by.
Madeline Will, April 25, 2019
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Teaching Profession Costly Pension Plans Are Fanning the Flames of Teacher Unrest
The pressure to rein in costly retirement systems could put more states in the center of policy fights like the one that sparked teacher walkouts in Kentucky.
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Teaching Profession Opinion Maybe Pensions Aren't the Problem; Maybe We Are
It took awhile--after a year like last year, everyone seems to have been entitled to take some time off to recharge--but here's the second installment of my thoughts on government pension problems.
Dave Powell, January 4, 2017
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Teaching Profession Opinion Pennsylvania's Government Pension Crisis (Part One)
We have a full-blown pension crisis on our hands in Pennsylvania, but it's obvious what's happening here because we've seen this movie before: engineer a failure in a public system (or sit idly by while it happens), then blame the system for its failure. If we know the play maybe we can come up with a decent way to defend it.
Dave Powell, December 18, 2016
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Teaching Profession N.J. Proposal Would Boost Superintendents' Pay Cap
The New Jersey Department of Education is considering loosening the cap on superintendents' salaries by increasing the amount they could be paid annually.
Denisa R. Superville, November 29, 2016
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Teaching Profession Illinois Policymakers Scramble After Pension Law Struck Down
State legislators and the governor are under pressure to craft a new plan after the state’s high court overturned a 2013 statute altering pensions for retired teachers.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 19, 2015
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California Gov. Jerry Brown outlines his proposal to revise funding for the state's teacher-retirement system as he unveils his revised 2014-15 budget last month. The governor's plan would more than double, to nearly 20 percent of payroll, school districts' share of teacher-pension costs.
California Gov. Jerry Brown outlines his proposal to revise funding for the state's teacher-retirement system as he unveils his revised 2014-15 budget last month. The governor's plan would more than double, to nearly 20 percent of payroll, school districts' share of teacher-pension costs.
Teaching Profession Calif. Pension-Overhaul Plan Has Districts on Edge
California school districts would see their share of teacher-pension costs more than double to nearly 20 percent under a proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown.
Stephen Sawchuk, June 10, 2014
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U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., joins President George W. Bush for the signing of the No Child Left Behind Act on Jan. 8, 2002. Among those joining them are, from left, are Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., and Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio.
U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., joins President George W. Bush for the signing of the No Child Left Behind Act on Jan. 8, 2002. Among those joining them are, from left, are Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., and Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio.
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Teaching Profession Lawmaker's Retirement to Open K-12 Leadership Void
U.S. Rep. George Miller, leaving Congress after four decades, helped push through game-changing legislation, including the No Child Left Behind Act.
Alyson Klein, January 17, 2014
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Teaching Profession Pension-System Woes Put Legislators on Hot Seat
State lawmakers continue grappling with major changes to their teacher-retirement systems.
Andrew Ujifusa, June 4, 2013
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Teaching Profession Teacher-Pension Costs Could Put Squeeze on More Districts
Rising expenses and falling enrollment have hit St. Louis' retirement system. The district's problem resonates nationally as states struggle to deal with about $325 billion in unfunded pension liabilities.
Stephen Sawchuk, June 4, 2013
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Teaching Profession Opinion Part-Time Work for Retired, CA Administrator?
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I am a recently retired administrator who was a district-level special education administrator in the Pasadena, CA Unified School District. I am looking for something part-time in my geographical area. Any ideas would be appreciated.
jrogers, February 17, 2013
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Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, talks about the fiscal cliff negotiations with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 28.
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, talks about the fiscal cliff negotiations with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 28.
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Teaching Profession Top K-12 Leader in Congress Sets Retirement Date
U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, will leave after this term, setting the stage for a shakeup in K-12 policy leadership.
Alyson Klein, February 1, 2013
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