A lesson in teacher pensions

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I am very disappointed in the headline of Aug. 18 concerning retired educators and their pensions, (“Retired educators hit pension gold”). The Auburn Journal does not need to stoop so low as to engage in “sensational journalism” to sell newspapers. The retired educators mentioned in the article worked many long, hard years in their chosen profession and deserve their pension benefits. Doris Chandler worked until the age of 69 according to the figures mentioned in your article. I am younger than she is and I do not know if I could work the long hours that she did the past few years. Walter Riley is quoted as saying it’s “immoral” and that his relatives receive CSEA pensions. Perhaps Mr. Riley is not aware that CSEA has nothing to do with the retired educators mentioned in your article. His relatives were not teachers, but rather classified employees of school districts. Teachers and administrators are certificated employees and receive their pensions from the California Teachers’ Retirement System. Why should anyone who works in the education field, be it classified or certificated, not be able to retire and live comfortably? Do public employees have to retire and live in poverty? Another misconception that many people mentioned in your article have is that retirees pensions are paid by school districts. That is not so. When a person retires they receive their pension from either CalPERS or STRS not from individual school districts. School districts are hurting financially because the amount of money they receive from the state has been steadily decreasing in recent years. Don’t blame the retired educators. Joan Anderson, Auburn