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Teacher Salaries and Benefits 2003--08 MS Word PDF - This ECS StateNote examines National Center for Education Statistics figures on salary and benefit statistics for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. (Stephanie Rose, Education Commission of the States, May 2010)...

Public-Employee Retirement Systems State- and Locally-Administered Pensions Summary Report: 2010 - This report is part of a continuing series designed to provide information on the structure, function, employment, and finances of the United States’ nearly 90,000 state and local governments. This publication presents data on state- and locally-administered public pension systems based on information collected from the 2010 Annual Survey of Public-Employee Retirement Systems. The data collected from these systems are for defined benefit plans only and do not include data for defined contribution plans or other postemployment benefit plans. (United States Census Bureau, April 2012)...

A Legal Guide to State Pension Reform - This policy brief provides a broad overview of the legal issues that policymakers must confront in addressing pension reform. The brief profiles four states—California, Illinois, New Mexico, and Ohio—to illustrate the levels of pension protection provided to employees across the country. (Education Sector, 2012)...

Five Things Education Supporters Should Know About Pension Reform - This brief guide shows you how and why pension programs affect your state's efforts to attract and retain the best teachers. It outlines five key areas you should consider as you evaluate proposed changes and ends with questions you need to ask about your state's pension system. (Education Sector, 2012)...

Halting a Runaway Train: Reforming Teacher Pensions for the 21st Century - As leaders around the country struggle to overhaul America’s controversial and precarious public-sector pensions, this study draws on examples from diverse fields to provide a primer on successful pension reform. The reader will find valuable lessons for policymakers, workers, and taxpayers looking for timely solutions to a dire problem. (Thomas B. Fordham Institute, October 2011)...

Frozen Assets: Rethinking Teacher Contracts Could Free Billions for School Reform - This report investigates eight common provisions found in teacher contracts that are costly and do not affect student performance. The results of this study suggest that reallocation of monies spent in these provisions may allow the education dollar to stretch further to work on improving student achievement. (Marguerite Roza, Education Sector, January 2007) ...

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