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February 21, 2012

Kansas teacher retirement pay

The Kansas Public Employee Retirement System (KPERS) Study Commission recently made a proposal that the right-wing legislators in Topeka are sure to embrace: dismantle the current system and turn it into a “defined contribution” plan that puts teachers’ retirement income at the mercy of the market.

This is unacceptable. Teachers in Shawnee Mission and throughout Kansas have not received a pay raise in two years and do not expect one in the years to come.

And now we want to decrease the chances that there will be enough money to fund teachers’ earned retirement benefits.

If we’re really “waiting for superman” we have a very long wait indeed.

Will the legislators vote themselves the same system? Currently, their retirement, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, is based on a salary of $83,216 (though they’re in session only 4.5 months a year). Taxpayers United of America calls this “legal corruption.” This while they plan to cut the teacher retirement system.

Write your legislators. Tell them you support adequate funding for Kansas schools and a secure retirement for its teachers.

Frank Strada

Overland Park


Frank Strada

It's interesting to hear all the sour grapes coming from the so called private sector. Because they have let management take their defined benefit retirement away from them, they think everyone else should do with less, also. Here'a a novel idea - organize a union (you know - one of those organizations of yore when workers actually fought together for improved working conditions and pay) and demand a better retirement plan. We've gotten so used to being pawns that our arguments now are more in the vein of bringing everyone else down to our level, instead of raising ourselves up. And ruppert - the government IS to increase the salary of workers if the workers are performing a service that is valued by the people of the state. If we really want to keep good public schools in our state, we need to pay for it. Conservatives seem to want everything for free.


He doesn't want their retirement income at the "mercy of the markets"?
Why is his retirement income more important then everyone else's whose has lost half its value in the last few years?
I continue to be astonished at how people in the public sector have absolutely no clue how the rest of us live.


Legislators should be subject to everything they impose upon others, period. Pay freeze/cuts. Insider trading rules. Cover their own cost of travel to and from work (and yes, that means trips to the Capital/Capitol). I think another fun idea would be make their salary the median salary of those represented by the governmental body of which they are a member - i.e. KS Reps would be median income of Kansans, U.S. House/Senate would be median income of entire U.S.

It might make them a bit more interested in improving things for all, instead of just a select few...


pro, so what is it?


I wasn't aware that primary education as provided by the state was a business.


Welcome to the real world. All forms of businesses are doing away with the "Pension" styled retirement plans and moving to the "Contribution" plans.

I do agree that Legislaters should move themselves to the same type of plan.

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