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Leslie Kan

    Author Bio:
    Leslie Kan is an Analyst with Bellwether Education Partners in the Policy and Thought Leadership practice area. She joined Bellwether in 2014 and focuses on the organization’s research on teacher pensions.


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Why Teachers Need Portable Benefits

Traditional pension benefits aren’t portable. When a teacher moves to a new state, her previous service years don’t automatically rollover for free. Instead, she starts back at zero.

06/24/2016

Teach for America Recognizes Teachers Need Portable Benefits

Teach for America celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. An increasing number of alumni are staying in the classroom, and the organization has adopted new policies to recognize this.

02/05/2016

Unions Love Social Security. They Just Don’t Want it for All Their Workers

Over 6 million public sector workers are not covered by Social Security, including about 1.2 million public school teachers.

08/17/2015

Chicago Running Out of Options after Pension Reform Law Overturned

The judge’s ruling is a tough blow for the city’s finances and could worsen the situation for new and future workers, including teachers.

08/03/2015

Chicago Made Its $634 Million Pension Payment, but Still Shortchanges Teachers

Because of post-recession pension cuts, new teachers in Chicago were placed in a less-generous plan and will face negative net benefits for their first two decades of service.

07/13/2015

Illinois Pension Reform Law Unconstitutional. What’s Next?

Court tells the state it can’t cut benefits for existing workers, so new and future workers will have to bear the full brunt of cuts.

06/17/2015

Not All Pensions Are Equal

For most teachers, a pension won’t lead to a cushy retirement.

06/12/2015

Teachers May Want a Refund on Their Pension

Just because a teacher has the option to get a pension at some point down the road doesn’t necessarily mean she should take it.

04/24/2015

Khan Academy Explains Illinois’ Pension Crisis

How Illinois became one of the worst-funded states in the nation (pension-wise) and the consequences for the state’s education funding.

03/17/2015

The Magic Pension Year

Teachers who perform well and want to teach beyond the prescribed plan retirement age shouldn’t be punished

03/12/2015

Teacher Retention Is Currently Rising. What Are the Effects on Pensions?

There’s some good news for schools and teachers from the Center for American Progress: more new teachers are staying in the classroom after five years, up nearly 20 percentage points since 2007.

02/06/2015

How Charters Are Innovating on Pensions

Charter schools recognize that current teachers are increasingly mobile, so they offer teachers portable benefits.

01/27/2015

Teachers Are Mobile and Need Portable Retirement Benefits

The median U.S. worker has less than five years of experience at his or her current job and teachers are no exception.

01/07/2015

Why Aren’t All Teachers Covered By Social Security?

Most people probably don’t realize not all workers are covered under Social Security. In particular, teachers constitute one of the largest groups of uncovered workers.

12/26/2014

Pension Debt Crowds Out Other School Spending in Michigan

In Michigan, school funding has increased, but schools aren’t seeing much of the money. Instead, most of the funding increases are going toward paying off the state’s retirement debt.

12/05/2014

Teach for America’s Retirement Gap

While most TFA teachers may not realize it, almost all are losing out on retirement benefits for their time in the classroom.

10/03/2014

Teacher Retention Varies Across and Within Districts

According to national data, four out of ten teachers will leave the classroom within five years. But turnover isn’t evenly distributed.

09/25/2014

Unions Praise Social Security, But Like Pensions Even More

Public sector unions praise Social Security. Except they don’t want it for all of their workers.

09/24/2014

Administrators Get Disproportionately Large Pensions

The Empire Center and several other organizations have published a database of New York teacher and administrator pensions that lists the pensions and service years of every member.

09/19/2014

Empirical Proof on the Politics of Pensions

Pension benefit increases have been a painless way for politicians from both parties to provide something tangible to powerful interest groups without having to pay the costs immediately.

09/15/2014

Principal Turnover and Pensions

Districts should consider paying principals more to attract strong candidates. Rather than paying principals substantial retirements at the back end, districts can pay more upfront in salary.

08/21/2014

Teacher Retention and Quality in Tennessee

Some Tennessee districts are much better at retaining highly effective teachers than others.

07/25/2014

How Does Teacher Attrition Compare to Other Professions?

Of the college graduates who became teachers, 30 percent left within six years.

07/14/2014
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