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AJR-3 Retirement benefits: teachers.(2001-2002)

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Assembly Joint Resolution No. 3
CHAPTER 66

Relative to teachers.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  June 21, 2001. ]

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AJR 3, Leonard. Retirement benefits: teachers.
This measure would request the President and the Congress of the United States to enact legislation to repeal the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision from the Social Security Act.

WHEREAS, The State Teachers’ Retirement System has a higher contribution rate and better benefits than the Social Security system; and
WHEREAS, The State Teachers’ Retirement System is not coordinated with the federal Social Security system; and
WHEREAS, The Social Security Act includes two offsets, the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision, that reduce the Social Security benefits payable to persons who are entitled to benefits under other retirement systems, under certain conditions; and
WHEREAS, These provisions penalize individuals who move from private sector employment to teaching; and
WHEREAS, California has a significant teacher shortage and requires more than 16,000 new teachers per year to meet enrollment growth needs as well as retirement replacement; and
WHEREAS, California currently has some schools where more than 60 percent of the new teachers are not credentialed because of this teacher shortage; and
WHEREAS, Every child should have the opportunity to have a fully credentialed teacher in his or her classroom, but the Social Security Act offsets limit the number of fully credentialed teachers in the classroom by penalizing individuals who change from private to public employment; and
WHEREAS, The recruitment and retention of teachers from other states who are entitled to Social Security upon retirement is also limited and restricted by these offsets; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly and Senate of the State of California, jointly, That the Legislature of the State of California requests the Congress of the United States to enact legislation to repeal the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision from the Social Security Act, and further, the Legislature of the State of California requests President George W. Bush to sign that legislation; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United States, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Majority Leader of the Senate, and to each Senator and Representative from California in the Congress of the United States.