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?