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TEACHERS: Don’t penalize retire/rehirees

Letter by Richard Dary, Allyn on Dec. 1, 2011 at 11:11 am | 27 Comments »
December 1, 2011 1:27 pm

I am in my 36th year of teaching. I retired in 2005 and thought I would take advantage of being able to retire and start getting my retirement, which I worked for 30 years to earn, and then be rehired and earn a regular check.

It had worked out until this past summer when the Legislature decided to limit the number of hours a retired teacher can work to 867 (until about March) before their “previously earned pension” is stopped.

I don’t understand how they feel that will save money, nor do I see why teachers should be the only ones punished. I have heard of many people who have retired from the military and start getting their pension only to begin a new career (many times with the goverment) with a new retirement and they are not limited.

As a retire/rehire, I was finally able to earn a six-figure income. Now the state has taken that chance away from us retirees. In many professions, hiring an experienced person is highly sought after – except in education.

The legislators seem to talk out of two mouths. They say they want “qualified teachers,” but let’s not allow a “qualified, still-enthused teacher” to earn much money. The teacher’s union needs to lobby against this new law and let us retired but still excellent teachers finally get paid what many say we should have been paid.

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