Blog: Funding

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.
College students are being asked to pay higher tuition bills at least in part due to growing pension obligations.
Chicago is spending a lot of money to preserve a pension plan that isn’t serving its teachers very well.
Pension plans failed to meet investment targets last year. What will that mean going forward?
For the first time, public pensions are adding up and disclosing just how expensive their performance fees are.
Contributions made into teacher plans are related but not directly tied to what teachers actually receive in benefits. That matters a lot.
Should federal funds designed to support the education of low-income students be diverted to paying down state pension debts? That’s the question behind a recent report from Stand for Children.
Last year was a good year for public pensions. But despite a year of improved returns, plans aren't meeting the needs of most teachers.