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Should High School Coaches Be Allowed to Stay After Teaching Retirement?

Two Middlesex County assembly members sponsor bill that would bring coaches back after classroom retirement without hindering pension payments.

Should High School Coaches Be Allowed to Stay After Teaching Retirement?

In New Jersey, high school athletic instructors run double duty as teachers and coaches.

A law in the Garden State says that when a teacher who also serves as a coach retires from the classroom, he or she must wait a full school year to get back on the sidelines or the educator will lose his or her pension package.

Two Middlesex County Assemblypersons, Patrick Diegnan and Nancy Pinkin, have sponsored a bill that would stop that trend and allow for retired teachers to coach the very next season without losing pension payments.As part of the bill, a coach cannot receive compensation of more than $10,000 for the sport’s season.

But should a teacher who has served as a coach be allowed to return to the sidelines and continue on after retiring from the school district? Should a retired faculty member’s relationship with a school or district end once he or she enters retirement?

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