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Nearly 4,000 members of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System have retired, then returned to work at a system employer to draw both a pension check and a paycheck with taxpayers footing the bills.

See the list of all 520 rehired workers

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 08/20/2011

Print Headline: 3,875 school pensioners back on payroll

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  • mtruckin
    August 20, 2011 at 9:06 a.m.

    So, this reporter has access to all public school employees contracts and amounts paid over the years. All that remains is to calculate the benefit. There is not that much hidden. The formulas for calculating are readily available. Anyone hired by a district, retired or not, has a contract that is available to the public. And isn't there a big benefit to the school district for hiring/rehiring a retired personnel. Is it fact the employer does not have to pay the 14% of salary to the retirement fund? That savings in this current economic climate would be attractive to any employer. Is the purpose of this article to inflame public opinion or to report accurate thoughtful information?

  • therealjason
    August 20, 2011 at 9:57 a.m.

    Also, this "reporter" fails to mention that teachers, who are degreed professionals, spend the majority of their career working for less than a median income. In other words, more than half of the working people make more than teachers, and this includes many people without degrees.

    I feel to attract qualified teachers this long term incentive is needed. Just think about the type of person you want teaching your child, and what it will take to attract them to the profession.

  • tappace05250844
    August 20, 2011 at 10:53 a.m.

    I too am tired of this horse being beat to death. So long as these employees are off the required amount of time after their retirement, this is completely legal. I challenge any one of you that has the same option when you become retirement eligible to NOT exercise it. You'd be crazy to "stand on your principles" and NOT do it.

  • ACommoner
    August 20, 2011 at 1:39 p.m.

    The link to the list in the article is not working.

  • NoUserName
    August 20, 2011 at 3:56 p.m.

    The link works for me.

    Most interesting to see how many were rehired at the exact same salary (or perhaps even an increase) from the salary at retirement.