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ERIC Number: ED574296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
The Impact of Oregon's Pension Legacy Costs on New Teacher Turnover and Quality. CEDR Working Paper. WP #2016-5
Cahill, Kevin E.; Dyke, Andrew; Tapogna, John
Center for Education Data & Research
Pension legacy costs can restrict the amount of resources available for current public education, potentially making it more difficult to attract and retain high-quality teachers. Oregon provides a useful case study in pension legacy costs because many school districts in the state are now reallocating General Fund expenditures to cover sizeable past pension promises. In this "Issue Brief," we describe how Oregon's past pension promises, compared with nearby Washington's, are affecting the level of resources available to compensate new teachers. We then assess potential impacts by examining how new teacher turnover differs in districts along the Oregon-Washington border and within Oregon across school districts. We find early career quit rates in school districts on the Oregon side of the Oregon-Washington border have exceeded those on the Washington side in recent years, and overall teacher experience on the Oregon side has fallen below that on the Washington side. Further, using district-level variation within Oregon, we find early career quit propensities are positively associated with the percentage of General Fund revenues allocated to Oregon's Public Employees Retirement System expenditures. These findings are consistent with the notion that Oregon's pension legacy costs are negatively impacting teacher retention.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Authoring Institution: Center for Education Data & Research (CEDR)
Identifiers - Location: Oregon; Washington