Teacher Pensions and Teacher Quality: Drawing on Existing Evidence to Formulate New Ideas

by Maria Fitzpatrick
Thursday, January 23, 2020


Educator pensions systems require significant financial resources, as delineated in complex policy, often becoming a major liability for states and school districts. Given the amount of resources placed into this category of expenses, this essay examines the ways in which current educator pension systems are designed, or not designed, to create strong teaching forces who deliver student outcomes. The essay considers the incentives provided to novice and experienced teachers, the policies that undergird such systems, and the ways in which states and school districts could break the mold of what’s been done for much of the past century.

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Maria D. Fitzpatrick is an associate professor in the Department of Policy and Management and associate director of data for evidence-based policy at the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University. She is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research focus is on child and family policy, with a particular interest in the economics of education.

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