Kansas Teachers Upset About Retirement Proposal

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- A group of Johnson County, Kan. teachers is taking a stack of petitions to the state capitol to try to convince lawmakers that their retirement plan should not be changed but that it should continue to be funded.

The group has collected more than 6,400 petition signatures, calling for the state to keep their retirement plan as it is, a defined benefit plan. Lawmakers are discussing changing it to a defined contribution plan, which would change the way the plan is funded and the amount paid to teachers.

Under the benefit plan, teachers say they receive a fixed amount during their retirement years.

Teachers say they have paid into the fund under the expectations that they will have a fixed income when they retire and say the state needs to keep its promise to fund it and pay them.

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