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KPERS teachers face challenges with Kansas school staff shortages

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KPERS teachers face challenges with Kansas school staff shortages
KPERS teachers face challenges with Kansas school staff shortages

As Kansas school districts continue to face staff and teacher shortages, one group of people in position to help often faces hurdles to getting back to work in schools.

Under state law, school retirees who receive benefits from the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System may generally return to work in schools, but a few provisions in state law make it harder for them to do so, KPERS director Alan Conroy told the Kansas State Board of Education on Wednesday.

First, two different waiting periods keep retired school employees from immediately starting in positions, even if only working as substitutes.

Those who retire after age 62 have to wait 60 days before being able to work in a KPERS-affiliated employer, while others who retire before 62 have to wait 180 days.

https://www.cjonline.com/story/news/education/2022/02/10/kpers-teachers-face-challenges-kansas-school-staff-shortages-retirement-board-education/6721379001/