Studies & Reports

March 29, 2016

Oklahoma Teacher Pension Report

Retirement Security Often Overlooked In Conversation Around Oklahoma Teacher Shortage

By Tyler Bond

March 29, 2016


One of my teachers has a classroom of 42. That’s too many students for one classroom to have. It’s hard for the teacher to teach, and there is no student-teacher relationship.” – Madison Reavis, Muskogee High School student 1


Oklahoma is currently experiencing a severe teacher shortage. The state lacks approximately 1000 teachers, despite the elimination of 600 teaching jobs since last school year. 2 Student enrollment continues to increase throughout the state, 3 making the shortage more acutely felt. In response to the shortage, the number of emergency teaching certificates has risen dramatically. Since July 1, 2015, the state has issued 1,037 emergency teaching certificates. 4 A total of 825 emergency certificates were issued in the previous four years combined…

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March 25, 2015

The Continuing Retirement Savings Crisis

A new research report calculates that the U.S. retirement savings crisis continues to worsen, and that the typical working household still has virtually no retirement savings.

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February 14, 2015

Case Studies of State Pension Plans that Switched to Defined Contribution Plans

Presents summaries of past changes in three state retirement systems that made the switch to a DC plan from a traditional DB pension. Case studies cover the following states: West Virginia, Michigan, and Alaska. Rather than save states money, these DB to DC switch exacerbated funding problems and drove up pension debt.

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October 1, 2013

The Plot Against Pensions

The Pew-Arnold campaign to undermine America’s retirement security – and leave taxpayers with the bill.

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