As specialists in teacher retirement systems, the retirement specialists in ValuTeachers understand that product is not the key issue for teachers when planning their retirement income and building a nest egg through a qualified plan, such as a 403(b)/IRA/457 account. “Knowledge is Power” both in educating students for life and when saving money for retirement...thus, retirement education is the core value of ValuTeachers. The education provided to school employees is the most important benefit in retirement planning.
First and foremost, the retirement foundation for educators is their State Teacher Retirement System (STRS). However, research indicates that a majority of employees in school systems today do not understand the specific benefits, formulas and options of their STRS. Second, the 403(b) retirement supplement opportunity approved by Congress in 1958 to provide an additional retirement benefit for all school employees is only used by 25% of the eligible employees in America’s school systems. In the Southeast and rural areas, the percentage reduces to below 15%. ValuTeachers’ mission is to help 100% of school employees to Retire With Dignity By Having More Secure Income.