Retirement & Pensions

Santa Rosa City Schools Superintendent Dr. Diann Kitamura poses for a portrait inside the district’s headquarters in Santa Rosa, California, on May 6, 2021. Dr. Kitamura is stepping down from her role at the end of June.
Diann Kitamura is the superintendent in the Santa Rosa, Calif., school district, which was battered by massive wildfires and then the pandemic. Kitamura will step down at the end of June.
Ramin Rahimian for Education Week
School & District Management A Lauded Superintendent Retires After Years of Crises: 'I Don’t Want to Become Bitter'
The pandemic brought huge leadership challenges to superintendents. As some leave the job, who will replace them?
Stephen Sawchuk, May 21, 2021
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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.
AP Photo/John Minchillo
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
Education Public Pensions Have Lost $1 Trillion in Value. That's Bad News for Teacher Pay
States, school districts and teachers next year are likely to be on the hook for higher pension rates as the investment markets tank because of the coronavirus. That will leave districts with less money to spend on other K-12 priorities, including teacher pay.
Daarel Burnette II, April 10, 2020
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States State-District Tensions Swell Over School Pensions
There’s a tussle over the right balance for who should pick up the tab for teacher retirements and how that affects wealthier and less-wealthy districts.
Daarel Burnette II, October 1, 2019
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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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Law & Courts News in Brief Illinois High Court Backs Pension for One-Day Teacher Substitute
A union lobbyist who worked just one day as a substitute teacher is entitled to a pension worth potentially tens of thousands of dollars annually, the Illinois supreme court has ruled.
The Associated Press, April 16, 2019
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Teaching Profession Most Teachers Won't Have Enough Retirement Savings Under Pension Plans, Study Finds
A new study estimates that 81 percent of teachers won't have comfortable retirement savings under a typical defined-benefit pension plan.
Madeline Will, March 17, 2019
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Teaching Profession The Kentucky 'Pension Flu' Has Hit Teachers Once Again
Several school districts have been forced to close due to a large number of teachers calling out sick in protest of a pension-reform bill.
Madeline Will, February 28, 2019
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Education Funding Kentucky Pension Law That Spurred Teacher Protests Is Nixed in High Court
The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that made changes to the state's struggling public pension system eight months after it prompted thousands of teachers to protest, closing schools across the state.
The Associated Press, December 13, 2018
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Education Funding News in Brief California's Teacher-Pension Fund Divests From Prison Companies
California's teacher-pension fund is pulling its investments out of two private prison companies that have contracts to house immigrants detained at the Mexican border.
Tribune News Service, November 27, 2018
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Education 'Frontline' Examines Woes of Kentucky's Underfunded Teacher Pension Plan
The PBS show looks at one of the most underfunded teacher-retirement plans in the nation, and the political battles this year over changes to Kentucky's system.
Mark Walsh, October 22, 2018
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Teaching Profession In Illinois, New Budget Caps Raises and Limits Pensions for Teachers
The state's budget bill, which Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law this week, caps annual raises for end-of-career-teachers, lowering the pension they can receive.
Sarah Schwartz, June 5, 2018
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Teaching Profession Math Teacher Unseats Ky. House Leader Who Spearheaded Pension Changes
In the latest victory for educators, a high school math teacher ousted a Kentucky incumbent who co-authored the controversial pension reform bill.
Madeline Will, May 23, 2018
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