EDUCATION PENSION ISSUE
those of you who don’t know me, my name is Brad Countermine. I’m the current
President of the New York State Driver and Traffic Safety Education
Association. Recently, I spoke with a member that is retiring next year and
asked NYSTRS about his pension numbers. He received a letter saying that
tuition-based driver education apparently does not count toward final
average salary for pension purposes.
maintains that his driver education salary doesn’t count because it was paid
• On p. 54 of the NYSTRS Active Member Handbook, Driver Education was listed
as a job that
can add into Tiers
1-5 FAS until two weeks ago (they changed the handbook),
• NYSTRS has already been instructing districts to stop reporting and paying
tuition-based driver education.
If you teach in a Driver Education
program that is tuition-based, you need to check with your district(s) to
see if you are being impacted. If you are, you should:
• Approach your Union Representative/Vice President/President and have
NYSUT legal to
apprise them of the situation,
• contact both
both firstname.lastname@example.org and
(supervisors at NYSTRS) by email at the links above AND by phone at (518)
• MOST IMPORTANTLY: Fill out the
survey at the following link to provide your information:
Driver Education Pension
Driver Education Pension Questionnaire
Please complete the following
questions to the best of your ability so we can determine how many teachers
• We have to do this ASAP as the
guidance has already started.
If there is anyone I have missed, or
that you know of in this situation, have them follow the same course of
action listed above.
Also, please consider joining the association if
you haven't already as there is strength in numbers.
New York State Driver Traffic Safety Education
P. O. BOX 2385
Binghamton, NY 13904
number: 607 723-4216