New Data: U.S. Teacher Pension Debt Climbs to a Half Trillion Dollars; Majority of States Still Don't Offer Teachers Fair and Flexible Retirement Options

New report card from the National Council on Teacher Quality finds that 70 cents on every dollar contributed to state teacher pension systems pays for debt, not retirement benefits; States earn an average overall grade of C- for their teacher pension policies


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The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) today released Doing the Math on Teacher Pensions: How to Protect Teachers and Taxpayers, which challenges the claims of pension boards and other groups about the cost-effectiveness, fairness and flexibility of the traditional defined benefit pension plans still in place in 38 states. The report includes a report card on each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia with a detailed analysis of state teacher pension policies.

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