Workers who are not involved in the profession may envy teachers’ hours, their summer breaks, and their school vacations. Nevertheless, those outside of the profession may not realize the tight line that teachers straddle between teaching students, managing classrooms, interacting with administrators and satisfying parents. In addition to their many hats, teachers are now faced with dealing with legislative cuts and state standard requirements that are affecting their abilities to teach effectively.
In some districts, teachers’ evaluations and raises are also being more closely tied to students’ performances on standardized tests. Furthermore, the time period and age requirement to receive full pension benefits has been increased by three years. Thus, teachers are working harder than ever to balance the demands of the legislature and the needs of the students while their benefits are being cut or taking longer to accrue.
Districts are feeling the pinch of losing qualified teachers because of the changes and are worried that the increasingly high volume of retirements may impact students’ education. Districts know that senior teachers are familiar with the curriculum and have the expertise to mentor beginning teachers. Thus, they help many districts maintain their quality of education.
Meanwhile, many teachers and retirees from other professions may seek second careers or even become entrepreneurs. If you are embarking on a second career, contact the Law Office of Knellinger, Jacobson & Associates so we can help you. We can review employment contracts, non-compete agreements, and help you negotiate better terms of employment.
If you decide to work for yourself, we can help you get your business off the ground. We can handle licensing issues, incorporation, investor financing, negotiate partnership agreements, and advise you on other business issues.
Additionally, if you are enjoying your golden years, our probate attorneys can review and draft wills, create codicils, create trusts, and advise you of needed documents that will ensure your assets are properly distributed when you die. The Law office of Knellinger, Jacobson & Associates can also assist you in making sure that your pension benefits are distributed according to your wishes. Contact our law offices for your probate and business needs.