Blog: Mobility and Portability

It's possible to design a 401(k)-style retirement plan that supports workers in meeting their retirement savings needs.
Charter schools and their teachers pay the same high employer and employee contribution rates as all other schools, but higher turnover rates mean their teachers will get much less in return.
Teacher turnover has risen over the last two decades. What does it mean for teacher pensions?
Are state pension plans a recruitment or retention incentive for teachers? That's complicated, but many of the claims about pensions don't stand up to scrutiny.
We should be wary of narratives that try to explain small differences in a grand fashion.
Pension analyses that ignore the effects on short- or medium-term workers are extremely incomplete.
A new Urban Institute brief suggests the vast majority of teachers will leave the profession with less than their own contributions.
We searched public pension plan documents to find what happens when teachers leave a pension plan. Although this this information is limited, some teachers prefer to cash out and take a lump-sum payment rather than waiting to draw a pension in retirement.
Last week I presented our work on teacher pensions at the Education Writer’s Association (EWA) 67th national seminar.
Federal and state leaders have recently proposed a variety of solutions intended to address the need for greater retirement security.