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Teacher Pensions

By Stephen Sawchuk — July 12, 2011 1 min read

Pension plans for teachers in charter schools vary widely, ranging from the state defined-benefit plans set up for regular public school teachers, to the defined-contribution, match-type plans used in other fields, to nothing at all, a new analysis finds.

The first-of-its-kind analysis, released last month by the Washington-based Thomas B. Fordham Institute, examines data from Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, and New York. Those states allow charter schools to choose whether to participate in a state pension plan.

Among its findings, the report notes that participation in a state pension plan differed by type, with stand-alone charter schools more likely to use the state system than those run by nonprofit charter-management organizations or by for-profit education management organizations. Levels of school participation in a state plan ranged from 90 percent or more in California to fewer than a quarter of charters in Arizona.

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A version of this article appeared in the July 13, 2011 edition of Education Week as Teacher Pensions

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