Lawmaker Says Greater Awareness About Teacher Retirement Needed

SAYS STATE MUST DO A BETTER JOB ADVERTISING THAN NEW TEACHERS LOOKING FOR JOB. >> OUR TEACHER BENEFITS SET IS ONE OF THE BEST, AND IT’S VERY IMPORTANT. THIS IS A CRITICAL STEP IN TEACHER RETENTION AND INTEGRATION OF TEACHERS INTO OUR PIPELINE. REPORTER: TONI HASENBECK SAYS ONE OF THE MAIN OBJECTIVES OF HER INTERIM STUDY IS TO GET HER LEGAL COLLEAGUES AND THOSE WHO WISH TO GET INTO EDUCATION TALKING THAT OKLAHOMA IS THE PLACE TO TEACH BECAUSE OF ITS STRONG RETIREMENT BENEFITS. >> A SUPERINTENDENT TOLD ME THAT NEW TEACHERS DON’T CARE ABOUT SUCH THINGS. I SAID, WELL, MAYBE THE PACKAGE NEEDS TO BE EXPLAINED A LITTLE BETTER. JOURNALIST: SHE ACKNOWLEDGES THE PACKAGE COULD BE IMPROVED BY GIVING TEACHERS THE PROMISE OF FLEXIBILITY, LIKE ALLOWING THEIR MONEY INVESTED TO FOLLOW THEM IF THEY CHANGE SCHOOLS. FINALLY, HASENBECK WANTS TO FIND WAYS WHICH WILL ENABLE RETIRED OR FORMER TEACHERS TO COME BACK OR FILLING IN GAPS WHEN STAFF ARE LOW. AS IT IS NOW. >> I THINK PEOPLE WHO WILL COME BACK, UNDER THE RIGHT CONDITIONS, IF WE CAN GET THE MONEY FOR THEM. JOURNALIST: SHE WANTS TO RAISING AWARENESS OF WHAT IS AVAILABLE FOR TEACHERS. OTHER LEGISLATORS ARE ALSO CONSIDERING A WAGE INCREASE THANKS TO EITHE

Greater awareness of teacher retirement benefits could help address teacher shortage, lawmaker says

State pension benefits are good, says Rep. Toni Hasenbeck, but there’s not enough awareness

An Oklahoma lawmaker said a focus on retirement could help address the state’s teacher shortage. She called a student to look at ways the Legislative Assembly can help. But lawmakers say Oklahoma’s retirement program is already standing up to other states. Toni Hasenbeck, R-Elgin, disagrees. Oklahoma invests hundreds of millions of dollars in teacher retirement each year. But, she says, the state needs to do a better job of advertising new teachers looking for jobs.|MORE| Teacher shortage poses big challenge as Oklahoma students return to class “Our teacher benefits package is one of the best in the business,” she said. “This is very important, this is a critical step in retaining teachers and bringing them into our pipeline.” one of his acting student’s main goals is to let lawmakers and those looking to get into education know that Oklahoma is the place to teach because of its strong retirement benefits. I don’t care about that stuff, and I said maybe the package needs to be explained a little better,” she said. | MORE | Districts in Oklahoma are struggling to find teachers as the school year approaches. She also acknowledges that the package could be improved by promising teachers flexibility, such as allowing their invested money to follow them if they change districts. She also wants to find ways for retired or former teachers to come back or fill in gaps.|MORE|Edmond Public Schools is recruiting at the local festival to hire more teachers “I think there are people who would come back, in good terms, if we could get the money for them,” she said.

An Oklahoma lawmaker said a focus on retirement could help address the state’s teacher shortage.

She called a student to see how the Legislature can help. But lawmakers say Oklahoma’s retirement program is already standing up to other states.

Rep. Toni Hasenbeck, R-Elgin, disagrees. Oklahoma invests hundreds of millions of dollars in teacher retirement each year. But, she said, the state needs to do a better job of advertising it to new teachers looking for jobs.

|MORE| Teacher shortage poses big challenge as Oklahoma students return to class

“Our teacher benefits package is one of the best on the market,” she said. “This is very important, this is a crucial step in retaining teachers and bringing them into our pipeline.”

She said one of her acting student’s main goals is to let lawmakers and those looking to get into education know that Oklahoma is the place to teach because of its strong retirement benefits.

“A superintendent told me last week that new teachers don’t care about that stuff, and I said the package might need to be explained a little better,” he said. she stated.

|MORE| Oklahoma districts struggle to find teachers as school year approaches

She also acknowledges that the package could be improved by giving teachers the promise of flexibility, such as allowing their invested money to follow them if they change districts. She also wants to find ways for retired or former teachers to come back or fill gaps.

|MORE| Edmond Public Schools recruit at local festival to hire more teachers

“I think there are people who would come back, on good terms, if we could get the money for them,” she said.

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