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CTA and Retirement Coalition Educate Lawmakers About Public Pension System, Express Concerns About Governor’s Proposed “Hybrid” Retirement Plan

 

CTA-Retired President Ed Foglia (gesturing) warns about the effects on the classroom and students of the governor’s proposal to raise the standard retirement age to 67. Other representatives included higher education faculty and members from United Teachers Los Angeles. They met width Assembly Member Warren Furitani’s staff (at photo left) and other legislative staff later in the day.

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) 7 February 2012 – A coalition of pro-education groups brought about 100 educators to the state capitol on Tuesday to educate legislators about the vital role a sound public retirement system plays in recruiting and retaining highly qualified instructional and support personnel.

The California Retirement Coalition, whose members include the California Teachers Association, United Teachers Los Angeles, the California Retired Teachers Association, the Association of California School Administrators, the Faculty Association of the California Community Colleges, the Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, the Small School Districts’ Association, and Delta Kappa Gamma, told lawmakers that they support Gov. Jerry Brown’s vision of a strong retirement system.  At the same time, the group expressed concerns about the governor’s pension proposals.

Coalition members want to ensure that any changes made to the California State Teachers’ Retirement System do not diminish the state’s ability to recruit teachers to our communities’ schools.

 

Photo and Story by Len Feldman

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