Ohio Legislators: Don't Turn Your Back on Teachers, Students and Families. Fund Education

Ohio Legislators: Don't Turn Your Back on Teachers, Students and Families. Fund Education

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Dean Dennis started this petition to Ohio Representative District 66 Representative Adam Bird and

The employer's contribution rate in Ohio has been frozen for 38 years. 

In Ohio, both teachers and employers make contributions to the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS). Over the past 38 years, the employee contribution rate has nearly doubled, while the employer contribution rate has remained completely stagnant.

This nearly four-decade-old freeze has made Ohio lag their non-Social Security state peers by approximately 8% in employer contribution rates.  Legislators must address this problem by increasing the employer contribution rate and properly funding the State Teachers Retirement System. Most importantly, this increase MUST NOT become an unfunded mandate imposed upon Ohio school districts.

Because Ohio is neglecting to pay its fair share in properly funding the State Teachers Retirees Pension System, dangerous domino effects are impacting Ohio families. Teachers must work longer due to pension benefit cuts. Ohio retired teachers no longer have a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to stave off inflation as it erodes their retirement security. When teachers are forced to work longer, local school districts are burdened with having to pay higher salaries.  For example, instead of paying TWO younger teachers $40,000 each, districts end up paying ONE older teacher $80,000. This results in districts having to make difficult choices which impact the quality of education. 

Teachers coming out of college will realize that if they choose to teach in Ohio, without receiving Social Security benefits they may not have a cost-of-living adjustment after they retire. This is not the way to attract and retain high-quality educators. Ohio is driving the best and brightest teachers away.  Do we want Ohio to be a leader or a laggard in education? We need Ohio legislators to step up and address this issue and fund the benefits they promised current and retired teachers. Ohio cannot go 38 years without an increase in the employer contribution rate increase AND not expect there to be problems.  

 

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