Blog: Funding

Puerto Rico’s pension system is an accelerated example of pension problems in the rest of the country. This is where many states are headed if they don't make reforms now.
Teacher pension systems compound inequitable school funding formulas. In Illinois, the state teacher pension fund funnels less money to the kids who need it the most.
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.
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.
Breaking down the options for states facing large unfunded pension liabilities.
Pennsylvania's pension contribution rates look like a roller coaster. That ride has not been good to teachers, schools, or taxpayers.
Education advocates have a lot on their plates. Common Core. School accountability systems. Teacher policy. Pre-k. Here's why they should consider adding teacher pension reform to their lists.
If states and districts consider funding teacher retirements as separate from their investments in K-12 education, it becomes much easier for legislators and governors to kick the funding liabilities down the road and leave them for others to sort out. It also creates the odd situation like the one we see in Maryland in which the state is both raising and cutting education funding.
With stocks hitting new all-time highs this week, it might be tempting to think pension plans would be celebrating. They're not, for at least a few reasons.
The BLS released new data for 2016 last week, and the Pension Pac-Man continues to eat away at teacher salaries.