Teachers watch pension proposal closely

By Anna Carrera

Published 12/03 2013 05:53PM

Updated 12/03 2013 06:31PM

CHAMPAIGN -- Teachers around the state are watching the pension debates closely. Nick Ponder is a 5th grade teacher at Bottenfield Elementary. He says, when he started teaching, figuring out when he could retire wasn't high on his priority list. But, there could be drawbacks to extending teachers' time in the classroom.

"If you have to teach another ten years, and you have a 65 or 70-year-old teacher who has to run after a first grader or second grader, I just think that puts kids at risk and could be a liability for the state," said Ponder.

Ponder says the biggest misconception is people thinking teachers get free pensions. He says he doesn't think Tuesday's vote will be the final word on pension reform.

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