Dollars and Sense: Understanding Teacher Pensions

In states across the country, rising retirement costs are outpacing overall education spending—with consequences for classrooms and teachers’ pocketbooks. At the same time, efforts to reform pensions in places like Kentucky and Colorado have sparked fierce political backlash and even teacher walkouts.

What do reporters need to know about teacher pensions—how they work and how they’re connected to the wave of teacher unrest? Why hasn’t increased education spending boosted teacher pay? And how can reporters cover these complex topics accurately but also succinctly?

In this webinar, Education Week reporter, Daarel Burnette II, and TeacherPensions.org editor, Chad Aldeman, break down the complex topic, provide reporting tips and story ideas, and respond to attendee questions.


  • Chad Aldeman, Bellwether Education Partners
  • Daarel Burnette II, Education Week
  • David Loewenberg, Education Writers Association (moderator)

This webinar was presented on June 27, 2019.

Dollars and Sense: Understanding Teacher Pensions