February 2019

Alaska’s 2005 teacher pension system reform legislation provides a unique opportunity to examine what happens when a state closes its teacher pension plan. We’ve collected pre and post reform data to examine teacher workforce impact in the wake of retirement plan changes. While it is important to note that these trends should not be interpreted as causal, we feel there are meaningful takeaways all the same.
A new study finds that teachers live the longest of all public employees. That's great news for them, but can come with increased costs for state pension systems.
On teacher pensions, there’s a chasm between what’s promised and the outcomes for the overwhelming majority of teachers. The commonly held notion of a teacher working 30-35 years and retiring with a gold plated pension is largely fiction.
Teachers in the Oakland Unified School District may go on strike soon. While they are primarily concerned with stagnant base salaries and class sizes, teachers in Oakland should also be concerned with rising benefit costs.
New York's teacher pension plan earns plaudits for its financial responsibility, but the way it accomplishes that has downsides as well.
Denver teachers should be concerned about how their school district's budget is being spent and how little control they have over their retirement plan.