Reality: According to the National Education Association, Colorado offers comparatively low pay for teachers.
Colorado’s pension structure perpetuates problems like these by diverting funds into pension benefits that a new teacher may never be eligible to receive. The current system provides retirement security to only a small percentage of teachers who remain in the system for their careers.
More than half of all teachers leave the profession after only three years. And when public employees spend less than five years in the system, their PERA retirement account is not credited with any employer-funded retirement benefits if they choose to withdraw their funds. And those teachers who do so walk away from the system with little more than they put into it.