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How many years did you retirees teach? How old were you when you retired? I am fully vested in our pension system. By continuing to teach full time, my monthly increase in pension would only be $40 - $50 a month. I am 58.


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Retired right after turning 60
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I had 26 years in public school teaching.
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I retired at 62. 39 years of teaching; 31 at my last school.

Besides considering your pension, you need to think about health insurance. It can be very expensive if you have to pay for the whole thing. Please be sure to check out your options. You can't get Medicare (which is very affordable) till you are 65.
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I taught for 25 years after a 12 year career in another field. I was 58 when I retired.
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I taught for 25 and had another 6 years in another state job but the same pension system. I retired at 58. Thank goodness for those extra six years!


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I taught for 27 years in public school, 3 in private school, was a SAHM for 11 years, and retired at 65. It all worked out perfectly for me.
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I taught for 33 years and retired at 57 ( turned 58 a month later). All for the same district.
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I retired at 59 after 30 years of teaching.

My district pays for health insurance until you turn 65
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I retired at 54, after 30 years. I was at mostly private and parochial schools. My pension is squat - which is why I now work at a credit union. I don't miss teaching.
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Hello,
I taught for just 12 years, but my husband and I paid into Social Security for 35+ years. I retired from teaching at 66 1/2.

If you ever paid into SS or your spouse did and if/when he/she dies, you won't get a cent JUST because you were a teacher under the ridiculous laws Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision. My friends who worked for corporation get ALL their pension as well as ALL their SS. They are not penalized at all.


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I taught 32 years and retired at 56. Health insurance is paid for and I make almost the same as if I were still teaching. Also just got my first SS this week.
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I retired at 58 after 37 years of teaching public school. 4 years in one district 33 in the other.

I worked a couple years past when I could receive full retirement, but when I really looked into it, my take-home pay was less than $100 difference from what my retirement check would be. It wasn't worth it to keep teaching for less than $100/month.

Everyone was is different and in different circumstances. Look carefully, talk to other retirees or fellow teachers you are close to for anecdotal info. Talk to your financial person. Gather as much information as possible. We also went to 4 retirement seminars sponsored by our state retirement system. Most go to one or two, but we found added information at each one; each presenter offered something slightly different that we could take home and think about.

In fact, I'm doing the same thing now with Social Security and, in the horizon, Medicare.
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I retired a month before my 65th birthday. I had 42 years at my school & 1 year in another state.
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I retired at 54 with 32 years. Iím on my husbandís health insurance and now work as a barista 2 days a week!
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I was 61 and had taught for 30 years (took a short break for a few years and then went back to is). I remember when I was thinking about it, my DH and I went to our financial advisor (makes us sound richer than we are!) who said, "You don't get paid super well in California, but they sure take good care of you when you retire." That has been my experience.

Plus - hey - retirement! Come on!
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I retired when I was 60. I was under contract 28 years. My state asks 80 points for full benefits.
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I retired at 58 years old. I taught 22 years in AZ. I got full retirement. I will start getting my IL retirement in May after 13 years.
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Hello,
I taught for just 12 years, but my husband and I paid into Social Security for 35+ years. I retired from teaching at 66 1/2.

If you ever paid into SS or your spouse did and if/when he/she dies, you won't get a cent JUST because you were a teacher under the ridiculous laws Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision. My friends who worked for corporation get ALL their pension as well as ALL their SS. They are not penalized at all.

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I'm sorry that you don't get social security in your state, ljp8538. However, I live in MD and am entitled to my pension as well as full social security benefits. I'll be collecting social security in the future.
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Old 03-02-2019, 03:20 AM
 
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I had just turned 58. I taught 36 years. I reached full pension. I receive almost the same payment as when I was teaching! Retirement is divine!
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In my school system I paid in the entire time I taught. I get a full social security in addition to my pension. But I went with a smaller paycheck for years when I was paying in to social security.
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I retired at 65 with 41 years in.
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Retiring at the end of this school year with 40 years in.
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Retired in 2016 with 32 years in education when I was 67. I was in another profession before I went into teaching. I received benefits from both states I taught in and get social security too.
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I'm in the same situation as you. 36 years at 58. Why am I so anxious about my decision?
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Taught 33 years and retired at 55. Not getting near the amount of money that I thought I would and To supplement my income I am working as an aide in the classrooms, but, I am so much more relaxed and stress free even with the less money!
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Retiring this year at 76. 25 years teaching first grade. Nurse first, then stay at home mom of four boys for 17 years. Then grad school and teaching. Full life!
Looking forward to whatís next.
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I retired at 64...
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Actually, one month before my 64th birthday, which was in July. I had hoped to teach till 66, which is my full social security age, but knew I had enough. Like you, when I went for the pension consultation, my pension would not go up significantly, and I would be giving back the small increase in salary while working to the state thanks to their health care premium sharing law Chapter 78. You have to do the numbers to see if your pension alone and any other assets you have will be able to support you, as I think the minimum age to get social security is 62. Good luck to you! Retirement is great, but you need to be both financially and emotionally ready. I taught for 42 years before hanging it up.
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We get both in NJ, also.
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In NJ, we can get both a pension and SS. Only certain states are affected by that law. I think the NEA is fighting right now to get that changed. Obviously it is a very unfair law.
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I am 60 . On my sixtieth birthday I turned in my retirement papers. I had taught in public schools for 31 years. I am missing just a small portion of my full retirement but I did not care. I was just about maxed out. I know by age 60 I have plenty of other things on my list of things to do. My medical and dental is not too cumbersome as the district picks up a large majority of the fee until I am 65. I'm happy about my decision and do not have any regrets.
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I taught for 37 years in the same district and retired last year at age 59.
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I retired at 56 and taught 34 years plus one year of saved sick leave. I reached maximum benefits at that point.
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This article is a great explanation of WEP for those who did not pay into SS when teaching. It was written for Texas teachers, but the explanation is valid for everyone who did not have SS deducted from their teacher checks.

https://socialsecurityintelligence.c...rity-benefits/
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Retired at 55 after 31 years of teaching. I am so much more relaxed but I miss the kids and my coworkers.

Iíll sub in a few years once we stop traveling as much.
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I was told by Social Security that I DO qualify for widowís benefits based upon the fact that my teacherís retirement is so small (I retired with only 20 years), and the amount my husband paid in for over 40 years into the system. Iím trying to hold out claiming my widowís monthly benefit because the longer I wait the more Iíll receive. When my husband passed away, a rep with the Social Security quoted me the projected amount Iíd receive at different ages. So in conclusion, I believe how much you receive from teacher retirement determines whether you may ever receive a benefit from your deceased husbandís account.
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Good evening to all-
I walked when I could- at age 62-six years ago. I taught for 37 years in a number of schools in different states, so I draw retirement from both Alabama and Missouri.
Since retirement, I've done a lot of yardwork, some building around the house, and a lot of magazine articles and books.
I knew I'd never get another teaching job when I left- too many years and too many degrees- I cost too much for any school to hire me again.
I'm very pleased to be retired.
good night to all- Ed
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I retired at 61 after 37 years of service, all in CA. I also worked five years under SS but that's not enough quarters to qualify for any benefits. My district covered my health insurance until Medicare. That was only for retirees who had worked in the district for at least 15 years.

I'm currently working part time teaching adults which I find stimulating and enjoyable. But I don't need to work if I don't want to.
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I retired after 29 years and I was 55. I've been retired for 6 years and LOVE it!!
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Dear Travelingfar,

I do get 1/3 of my 1/2 of my ex husband's SS. When you are eligible to start receiving your SS and the laws that are currently in effect, I'm afraid that you'll be shocked and dismayed to find that just because you were a teacher, you'll be PENALIZED by losing 2/3 of your rightful SS benefit.

This is because of 2 laws called Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision and it applies to all 50 states. Believe me, I've been learning about it ever since I started losing $800 of my $1200 rightful benefit each month; that's almost $10,000 annually!!! However, there is a bill called HR 141 that will repeal the two unfair laws that have been imposed on us. PLEASE sign the petition written by the National Education Association online at: edadvocacy.nea.org

If you put in the above URL, then notice "TAKE ACTION" on the top bar and click on it, you can scroll down to "Retirement Security". Under that heading you'll see: "Cosponsor and support the Social Security Fairness act of 2019". This will be sent to the Ways and Means committee.
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Dear Ruby tune:
I'm happy you are comfortable financially and enjoying teaching adults even after retirement. Will you please help those of us who did pay into SS 35+ years and are penalized for teaching by losing MOST of our SS due to the unfair laws: Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision?

Please just go to:
edadvocacy.nea.org and click on "Take Action" then scroll down to "Retirement Security" and under that you'll see "Cosponsor and support the Social Security Fairness Act of 2019 (HR141). It will ask for your info (to be sure you're a legitimate person) and then you'll see the petition written by the National Education Association.

Hit "SUBMIT" and if the screen does not change, hit "SUBMIT" again. Thanks so much for taking the few minutes to help your fellow teachers around the US from having this ridiculous and unfair penalty imposed on us!

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Dear Cubbie,

I hope that's true but my experience with the SS office is that if you talk to 3 different people, you'll get 3 totally different answers. I know lots of people who have said they lost all their husband's benefits when he died and the government and SS office couldn't care less how small your teacher pension is. Unfortunately, because of the ridiculous laws Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision, hundred of thousands of retired teachers, policemen and firefighter are losing the security we depended on all those years we paid into SS.

Please help by fighting these unfair laws causing us so much financial stress by going to:
edadvocacy.nea.org
See "Take Action" and click on it
Scroll down to "Retirement Security" and you'll see under that heading "Cosponsor and support the Social Security Fairness Act of 2019 (HR141)
Fill out your info to prove you're a real person and not a robot; then you'll see the pre written petition done by the National Education Association - hit "SUBMIT". If the screen does not change, hit "submit" again.

Thanks so much for helping us by pressuring Congress to repeal these ridiculous and unfair laws!!!
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Dear Wildflower,
I love being retired also, that is, I LOVED (past tense) retirement until the government started robbing me of 2/3 or $800 a month of my SS benefits. We paid into SS for 35+ years but then I taught school for 12 years. Now because of the stupid Government pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision I'm penalized for those 12 years of teaching. The government and SS don't care how little your pension is; they want your money to spend and because they have the power, they do it. But we are fighting back by signing a petition to the Ways and Means Committee written by the National Education Association. As a single person, now I can't even make ends meet. I'm going on 69 and really want to have the freedom to retire and enjoy my grand kids, not have to go back to work. Please help us by signing it:

edadvocacy.nea.org ----"Take Action"----scroll down to: " Retirement Security" -- you'll see:

"Co sponsor and support the Social security Fairness Act of 2019 (HR 2019). You'll need to fill out your info to prove you're not a robot then you'll see the petition. Please hit "SUBMIT"

Thanks so much for helping those of us who are victims of these unfair laws because of government greed!
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Dear Marhuerite2:

For those teacher's who worked a summer job or who paid into SS for many years at a different job, even if you paid into it for 35 or 40 years, then taught for even 10 years, you still get 2/3 of your SS taken by the government.
Its appalling; this is why we must pressure Congress to repeal the WEP and GPO. Please see instructions on other posts.

Thanks for signing!!
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Got out at 60. Took 50% retirement, but with subbing, I'm bringing home about 3/4 of my old income.
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Although I don't qualify for any SS since I only have five years in, I have advocated for SS fairness for teachers. One way I do so is by belonging to the California Retired Teachers Association, CalRTA.org. This group, which is NON-partisan, advocates for retired teachers in CA and nationally. Our members have been working on this very issue. And we advocate for pension protection which is foolish to take for granted!

It irritates me no end that some retired teachers I know who ARE affected by the penalties you mentioned can't be bothered to join the one organization that is trying to help them. There is strength in numbers and in being part of an organization!
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You have me concerned now! I pray that when I’m ready to draw my widow’s benefits it will work out for me. I literally don’t know how I could survive in the future without it.

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Marcimcg,
Did you pay into the same pension system while nursing as while teaching; I know that in some places both pay into the same one. If so you're set with a good retirement financially. But if you paid into Social security as a nurse and into the Teacher pension while you were a teacher, then you'll find that the WEP/GPO will take 2/3 of your Social Security!

Please help us (as well as yourself possibly) by signing a petition written by the National Education Assoc. to repeal those laws and pass a much fairer SS benefit for retired public servants.

Go to edadvocacy.org and click on "Take Action" on top bar; then scroll down to "Retirement Security"- under that you'll see: Co sponsor and support The Social Security Fairness act of 2019 (HR 141). After you click on that you'll fill in your name, etc. to show you're not a robot. Then you'll see the petition and hit "submit".

Thanks!!
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Old 03-08-2019, 02:28 PM
 
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taught 35 years. I taught second grade for 34 years and third grade for 1 year. I taught in two districts. I was 59 years old when I retired.
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I retired at 60 with 37 years experience. I sub a few days each month to cover health insurance. Luckily I really enjoy it.
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I retired at 68 years and 46 years of teaching.
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retiring this year. Iíll be 57, with 32 years in. Iíll get my health insurance through the ACA. I believe Iíll qualify for that. And Iíll probably work part time to supplement my income.
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and I had 32 years, I turned 60 the month before I retired. I LOVE retirement.
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