ERIC Number: ED463270
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Focus on Retired Teachers: State Policies Allowing Retirees To Return to Classrooms.
Gaines, Gale F.
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states are experiencing teacher shortages in certain geographic and subject areas. Teacher preparation programs are not graduating enough students in certain subjects, and more teachers are approaching retirement eligibility. SREB states are seeking alternative sources of teachers to help relieve shortages. Several states allow retired teachers to return to teaching for pay while continuing to collect retirement benefits. Policies that allow this type of return to work are helping some states alleviate teacher shortages. Between the years 2000 and 2001, nearly 400 retired teachers returned to North Carolina's classrooms, and 500 returned to South Carolina's classrooms. Twelve SREB states allow retirees to return to classroom teaching the equivalent of full time while continuing to collect retirement benefits. Many of these states also allow retired teachers to work part time, in time-limited positions, or as substitute teachers while receiving retirement benefits. The other four states allow retirees to serve as part time or substitute teachers while receiving retirement benefits. A table outlines policies in the 12 SREB states that allow retirees to return to full-time teaching. It focuses on the separation period, time limitations for service after retirement, earning limitations, and status in the retirement program. (SM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Retirement, Teacher Shortage
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318. Tel: 404-875-9211; Web site: http://www.sreb.org. For full text: http://www.sreb.org/scripts/Focus/Reports/Retired_ Teachers_2002.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.