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Creditable service for private school teaching bill sent to Senate floor

MTA’s bill (S1631) permits K-12 educators and higher education faculty to purchase up to three years of creditable service toward retirement for teaching service in non-public schools (kindergarten through graduate school). 

On July 16, Senate Ways and Means reported S1621 favorably and sent it to the full Senate for its consideration. The Senate promptly voted its approval. The bill needs a second Senate approval, which is expected soon, and then the bill will be sent to the House. Once that happens the bill will be referred to House Ways and Means. At that time another update will be posted advising what appropriate grassroots lobbying steps need to be taken.

It would be helpful if teachers affected by the bill would contact Sen. Steven Panagiotakos (D-Lowell) to thank him for his sponsorship and continuing efforts to pass this legislation. The senator’s email address is: steven.panagiotakos@state.ma.us.

The bill, filed for MTA and AFT-Massachusetts by Sen. Panagiotakos, received a favorable report from the Legislature’s Public Service Committee on October 25, 2007, and was referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Panagiotakos, the bill’s sponsor.