Access to Relevant Employee Retirement Systems

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Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

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20
Weight
2
Score Meanings
The state law does not provide access to the relevant employee retirement systems.
The state law requires participation in the relevant employee retirement systems for some schools but denies access to these systems for other schools.
The state law requires participation in the relevant employee retirement systems.
The state law provides some charter schools with the option to participate in the relevant state employee retirement systems but not other schools.
The state law provides access to relevant employee retirement systems but does not require participation.
Subcomponents
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Component Scores

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Alabama law provides that start-up public charter schools may elect to participate in the Teachers’ Retirement System and Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan. It also provides that conversion charter schools shall participate in the Teachers’ Retirement System and Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan and shall provide compensation for teachers and school nurses that complies with the pro rata daily rate of pay as provided in the state minimum salary schedules for teachers and school nurses.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Some
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Alaska law requires participation in the relevant employee retirement systems.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Arizona law provides that charter schools have the option to participate in the Arizona state retirement system. In addition, charter schools have the option to participate in the state health and accident insurance coverage program.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Yes
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Arkansas law requires certified staff within open enrollment and conversion charter schools to participate in the state retirement system.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Some
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

California law allows all charter school employees to choose to participate in the State Teachers Retirement System and the Public Employees Retirement System.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Yes
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Colorado law requires that charter schools participate in the public employees’ retirement association.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

State law provides that charter school teachers hired prior to July 1, 2010 may participate in the state teacher retirement system, while it requires that those hired after July 1, 2010 must participate in the system.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Some
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Delaware law provides access to relevant employee retirement systems, but does not require participation.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Yes
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

The law provides that employees transferring from a local district school to a charter school may elect to stay in the DC retirement system. Otherwise, charter employees do not have access to the system.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Some
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Some
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Florida law provides that charter schools that opt to be organized as a public employer have equal access to the state retirement system.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Yes
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Georgia law provides that charter teachers get equal access to the state retirement system. A state attorney general opinion held that charter school teachers are required to participate in the state retirement system.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Hawaii law requires charter school employees to be members of the State Pension and Retirement System.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Idaho law requires charter schools to participate in the state retirement system.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Illinois law provides that certified teachers in Chicago must participate in the Chicago Teacher Pension Fund, but prohibits non-certified teachers from participating. The law also provides that certified teachers outside of Chicago must participate in the State Pension Fund, (the Teachers Retirement System of Illinois) but prohibits non-certified teachers from participating.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Some
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Indiana law provides charter schools the option to participate in relevant employee retirement systems in a similar manner to all other public schools.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Yes
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Iowa law requires participation in the relevant employee retirement systems.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Kansas law requires participation in the relevant employee retirement systems.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Louisiana law provides charter schools with the option to participate in the relevant state employee retirement systems, except that it requires Type 4 charters to participate.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Some
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

The law provides that charter schools may establish a retirement plan or may choose to set up a plan with the state retirement system.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Yes
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Maryland law requires participation in the relevant employee retirement systems.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Massachusetts law requires charter schools to participate in the Massachusetts Teacher Retirement System. However, other school staff are prevented from participating in state retirement systems.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Michigan law provides that participation in the state retirement system is dependent on employee status. If an employee is employed by a charter board of directors, he or she must participate in the state retirement system. If an employee is not employed by a charter board of directors, they are prohibited from participating in state retirement system. Thus, charter schools have access and an option by virtue of how they hire their employees.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Yes
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Minnesota law provides that the employees of charter schools are considered public employees for retirement purposes and the schools and employees must contribute to the appropriate retirement system.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

State law provides that charter schools may choose to participate in the state retirement systems.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Yes
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Under Missouri law, charter schools must participate in the employee retirement systems in their school districts.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Nevada law requires participation in the relevant employee retirement systems.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

New Hampshire law provides that a charter school may choose to participate in the state teacher retirement system, with service in a charter school counting like any other public school.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Yes
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

New Jersey law requires charter schools to participate in the relevant employee retirement systems.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

New Mexico law requires charter schools to participate in the relevant employee retirement systems.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

New York law provides charter schools with the option of participating in relevant employee retirement systems.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Yes
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

North Carolina law provides charter schools access to the relevant employee retirement systems, but does not require them to participate.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Yes
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

For the most part, Ohio law requires that charter schools participate in relevant employee retirement systems. However, the law provides that certain operators that pay into social security are exempt from contributing to state retirement programs for some of their employees.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Some
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Oklahoma law provides charter schools the option to participate in relevant employee retirement systems.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Yes
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Oregon law provides that all charter school employees must participate in the state retirement system.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Pennsylvania law provides that all charter school employees must participate in the state retirement systems unless at the time of application, the charter school has a retirement program that covers the employees or the employee is currently enrolled in another retirement program.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Yes
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Rhode Island law requires all charter schools to participate in the relevant employee retirement systems, except for mayoral academy charter schools, which have the option to participate.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Some
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

South Carolina law gives charter school teachers and personnel equal access to the state retirement system. It requires that original staff at conversion charter schools remain employees of the district and therefore must participate, but makes it optional for other staff to participate.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Some
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Tennessee law requires charter schools to participate in the relevant employee retirement systems.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Texas law requires charter schools to participate in the relevant employee retirement systems.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Utah law allows charter schools to opt into or out of the state retirement system.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
Yes
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Virginia law requires participation in the relevant employee retirement systems.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Statute includes charter schools as members of relevant state retirement and health care systems as long as the state department of retirement systems receives determinations from the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor that such participation does not jeopardize the status of the state’s retirement systems.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Under Wisconsin law, only those charter schools whose personnel are employees of the school district are eligible to participate in the state retirement system.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Some
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).

Is there access to relevant employee retirement systems?

Wyoming law requires charter schools to participate in the state retirement system.

Subcomponents

Key
Yes
Some
No
Yes
20A
Charter schools have access to relevant state retirement systems available to other public schools.
No
20B
Charter schools have the option to participate (i.e., not required).