More Ohio Teachers Retiring Amid Pension Changes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Leaders of Ohio’s education retirement system say pension changes have led to more teachers retiring, and some educators say new state tests have also contributed to their decision to call it quits.

Districts are already bracing for increased retirements this year, as state requirements for age and years-of-service are set to increase in August.

Some teachers planning to retire say they disagree with the changing education culture that relies on more tests.

Ohio was one of several states this year to use new tests linked to the Common Core standards. Some parents and teachers have complained they’re too time-consuming and distract from deeper learning.

The State Teachers Retirement System doesn’t track why educators leave, but spokesman Nick Treneff says many retirements are expected this year.