State Senator Ken Yager Files Bill Addressing School Staffing Challenges in Tennessee

Tennessee State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) has filed a bill in the Tennessee General Assembly that he said would, if enacted into law, help school districts across Tennessee address ongoing staffing challenges.

The bill, SB 2702, would allow retired members of the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS) to seek reemployment as a K-12 teacher, K-12 substitute teacher, or as a K-12 bus driver. This, without the loss or suspension of the retired member’s TCRS benefits, Yager said in an emailed statement.

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Tennessee Pension System Boasts Historic Investment Earnings

Tennessee’s state pension system made money for the 12th consecutive year, earning a 25.6% return last fiscal year; the fourth-highest rate since the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS) was consolidated in 1972.

The state continues to have one of the healthiest pension systems in the country, according to Pew Charitable Trusts research.

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