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PA School Boards Association gets state pensions

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 26, 2013 3:58 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Many workers covered by Pennsylvania's major public pension systems are not state employees, but staff members of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association are unique. 

The association represents the state's 500 local school boards and, among other things, advocates on their behalf in Harrisburg.

It is the only such interest group whose employees qualify for public pensions.

That's because of a decades-old legal opinion by the attorney general's office that says the association is "an extension of local school districts."

The association says staff members' salaries, benefits and employer's share of pension costs are paid mostly from local tax revenue in the form of school district dues.

The association is also paid for services such as writing school policies or recruiting superintendents.

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