Blog: Funding

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.
Wishing away pension funding problems won't change the fact that current plans are simply not delivering sufficient retirement benefits to the majority of the teaching workforce.
Unlike the rest of Illinois, Chicago only receives a small sliver of pension funding from the state.
Pension and other structural debts continue to eat away at district resources. CPS is counting on the state for relief.
Missouri’s teacher pension systems have shifted to riskier assets.
A pension law that would have reduced benefits for city workers was ruled unconstitutional. The ruling is a tough blow for the city’s finances and could worsen the situation for new and future workers.
Nationally, pension costs have more than doubled in the last decade, from about $500 per pupil in 2004 to over $1,000 today.