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For Immediate Release: October 28, 2011

Agreement Reached on Teacher Retirement

For Immediate Release                     October 28, 2011


An agreement has been reached by the Retirement System of Alabama and the Department of Education for an extenuating circumstances policy regarding the PEEHIP issue that has had some teachers concerned about retiring in the middle of a school year.
Teachers who are not Medicare eligible and who want to retire in December to avoid the increase in insurance premiums are advised to go ahead and turn in their retirement papers by November 1st.  But instead of having the mandatory 30-day break in service from Dec 1 to Jan 1, they will be allowed to return to the classroom at the substitute teacher rate for the month of December only.  Then beginning January 1, those teachers will be re-hired at their prior year rate, while at the same time suspending their retirement checks. They will see an increase in their pay for the remainder of the year, because they will not have to contribute any more toward retirement.  These teachers will also have locked in their PEEHIP rates and will not be subject to the sliding scale.  At the end of the school year, RSA will reinstate their retirement checks. 
“It is not good for students to have the possible disruption of changing teachers mid-year”, Senator Clay Scofield said.  Local legislators all said they had hoped the issue could be addressed in a special session that some had anticipated would be called this fall “We were committed to changing the date to the end of the school year, given the opportunity”, Rep. Wes Long said.  Rep. Kerry Rich said he was pleased that the matter had been handled by policy and “I appreciate the joint efforts of RSA and the Department of Education.” 
Teachers or anyone with questions are encouraged to talk to their Superintendents or they can call Dennis Heard at the State Department of Education at 334-242-9747.


For information contact: Marshall County Legislative Office, ph. 256-582-0619


For More Information Contact: (256) 582-0619

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