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.

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?

charlotte June 17, 2014 at 08:10 PM
Why does our society glorify child "professional athletes" with the crazy schedule it entails rather than focusing on a more well rounded approach???
charlotte June 17, 2014 at 08:45 PM
While Ricky makes a good point about corruption, those that work with kids don't do it for the money or the glory. There isn't much of that money and glory flowing to the classrooms. What does unfortunately gravitate to the classroom is the disrespect that his comment epitomizes. That attitude degrades education. Teachers should not be made the scapegoat for the corruption that is destroying our society. I value educators of my children.
Rick Ricky June 18, 2014 at 06:59 PM
charlotte, You are living in a bubble. Dream, Dream, Dream darling. Obviously you really do not know what is going on. It is not the money they do it to for an exchange of favors program to put who they want a head. It helps them in the future for their own. Teachers are shroud in everything they do. There is always a motive or plant a seed going on in a bad way. It is not based on who truly is the best. You have administrator, teachers and coaches fudging every thing they can to make themselves look good. They collaborate together like the good old boys club. Trust me on this most don't care about your kids or anyone's kids unless you fall under that category of knowing someone. It is based on Who you know, not what you know just like all the other corruption going on in the world. Teachers have two faces. I think it is something they learn in college very well.
Rick Ricky June 18, 2014 at 07:04 PM
charlotte, How is teachers not responsible for some of the corruption when they give only certain kids the chance to take a test over instead of all. Subjectively grades a paper better to who they know or just makes up grades because they do nothing in there class. There is a lot of H.S. Teachers who do not teach and get away with it.
grace June 18, 2014 at 07:10 PM
@rick Ricky you have just pointed out the toms river schools alma mater


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