Blog: Alternative Models

Nebraska provides a portable, generous retirement plan to its state employees. Its teachers? Not so much.
Saving for retirement is hard enough, but states are forcing teachers into complex decisions about how much their pension might be worth in the future. Data from Illinois suggests many teachers are struggling with those decisions.
When it comes to retirement benefits, Colorado teachers are facing a steep climb.
Florida has already taken several steps to boost the retirement security of its teachers. But a few more tweaks could help even more.
A clever rhetorical trick distracts us from questions about whether current teacher pension plans are any good for their members.
Ohio teachers are, on average, getting less out of their pension plan than they themselves put in.
Georgia's public school teachers deserve a choice over their retirement plan.
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.
See how much states are contributing toward teacher retirement benefits.
Five things all Texas teachers should know about their retirement benefits: