Bottom Line: Changes could be coming to the pension system for Kentucky’s teachers


Legislation to change the pension plan for future teachers in Kentucky moves to the full Senate in the final days of the 2021 session.

House Bill 258, sponsored by Rep. Ed Massey, would create a new tier in the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (KTRS) for any newly hired teachers in the state that would be partially defined benefit plan like the existing pension plan and part defined contribution plan, more like a 401(k).

The bill serves as a retirement plan as well as social security replacement plan, as teachers in Kentucky do not pay into social security and do not receive the benefit in retirement. The new system would provide a supplemental plan with two percent paid in by both the employee and the state, which is portable to allow an employee to take those benefits with them should they leave the teaching profession, unlike the existing KTRS pension plan.

Author(s): Jacqueline Pitts

Publication Date: 15 March 2021

Publication Site: Lane Report