There is considerable evidence that teacher pension systems fail to meet the retirement needs of a majority of teachers and thus are in need of serious reform. Yet despite the evidence, the NEA continues -- to the detriment of many of their members -- to staunchly advocate for the traditional teacher pension and against virtually all proposed reforms.
School district spending on employee benefits has growth quickly. Now, over 22 percent of per pupil expenditures goes toward benefits payments. On average $2,524 is spent per student on benefits alone.