$110,000 to teach phys ed
Washington-area teachers have been collecting their pensions as early retirees while teaching at their full salaries, reports the Washington Post.
The (Maryland) law that created the program was designed to fill positions in areas where there were critical teaching shortages — math, science, reading, English as a second language, foreign languages and special education — or to steer veteran teachers to a district’s lowest-performing schools.
Some districts let any teacher return to any school with a full salary and pension. But now, with the economy faltering, it’s easy to hire new teachers — at half the pay of veterans. So districts are re-retiring top-scale teachers in non-shortage areas. The Post quotes Barbara McArdle, 54, a high school physical education who was paid $110,000 in salary and retirement benefits last school year. She’s indignant at the prospect of losing her post-retirement job to a new teacher.