Kirsten Schmitz's blog

  • As CA districts take on the majority of pension contribution increases, money that could otherwise go toward raising teacher salaries, combating teacher shortages, hiring classroom aides, or expanding pre-k will instead go to paying down the state’s pension debt.
  • As we close out 2016, the major events of this year will likely shape the policy conversations around public retirement for years to come. We've collected a highlight reel of teacher pension posts to capture the year's developments. Our most popular posts of 2016 are below.
  • Glass ceilings aren't limited to the workplace, unfortunately. Because most states offer teacher retirement benefits based on their salary, states are extending the gender wage gap into retirement.
  • Teacher pensions have evolved somewhat over time, but they’ve never escaped their original intent. Today, pensions provide financial security for those teachers that stay in the profession, but they also quietly push out veteran teachers. Maria Fitzpatrick suggests those incentive structures may be having an impact on women's retirement rates.
  • We know that traditional pension plans can push veteran teachers out of the classroom. But could pension reform draw them back in?