Even the bad teachers get the payout. Their union protects them all.
On average, the retired teachers and administrators worked for 37 years in the education system and only one worked for less than 30. The districts from which they retired include Salinas Union High, Monterey Peninsula Unified, Greenfield Union, Monterey County Office of Education, Pacific Grove Unified, Santa Rita Elementary, Carmel Unified, North Monterey County, Gonzales Unified and Soledad Unified.
Pacific Grove Unified, with an average yearly pension of $81,887 per retired educator, and MPUSD with $58,588 are among the 10 districts on the Central Coast with highest pensions for their teachers, according to the California Policy Center.
Mark Bucher, president of the California Policy Center, a conservative-leaning, self-described free-market think tank which published the data, said the release of the figures was done to “challenge the popular conception of the poor retired teacher struggling to get by on a fixed pension.”