I believe we should abolish the teacher retire-rehire policy altogether.
It is wasteful spending that costs the taxpayers $85 million a year.
Many teachers in the Clover Park School District told me how easy it was for them to play the system.
The intention of the law was to help with teacher shortages. The intention didn’t matter to the unscrupulous who worked the system for personal gain.
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Principals made sweetheart deals with teacher favorites.
Teachers were giddy when touting their doubled salary for working the exact same job. There wasn’t a teacher shortage. Not at all.
Immoral managers just did it for the enrichment of their personal friends.
They pre-arranged the agreement before the teacher even retired.
Teacher retire-rehire has become the teacher drug of choice since 2001 and shameless cronyism has run rampant.
It is a corrupt candy that fattens the purse of the greedy and the underhanded.
This double-dip policy is a temptation the cunning can’t refuse. We should break their addiction.
I agree with Sen. Mike Hewittt: “Our next state budget is already in a $5 billion hole, and our pension system is seriously underfunded.”
“The last thing we can afford – and the last thing taxpayers want – is for state government to be paying state employees both a retirement check and a salary at the same time,” Hewitt said.
Please, lawmakers, change the rules and make a law that puts an end to teacher retire rehire.