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For Immediate Release
November 13, 2007
Contact: Heather Reams

AAE Supports Social Security Fairness Act

Alexandria, VA — The Association of American Educators (AAE), a non-union professional educator organization, has announced its support of the Social Security Fairness Act, S. 206, which would repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO). AAE has sent letters to key members of the Senate asking for their support of this important legislation. Click here to read the letter.

“This bill is necessary to ensure that our teachers are receiving all the benefits that are due them,” said Gary Beckner, AAE executive director. “Teachers give of themselves daily and should not be shortchanged at retirement.”

Under current federal law, public employees, including teachers, are not eligible to receive the same Social Security benefits as other workers. The WEP affects employees who do not pay into Social Security, and the GPO affects spousal benefits.

“These provisions were put into place to protect against people receiving benefits they had not earned,” said Beckner. “The simple fact is that teachers are getting cheated out of benefits after they retire, and the system needs to be corrected.”

S. 206 is currently under consideration in the Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy in the Senate Committee on Finance. Its companion bill in the House, HR 82, has been referred to the Ways and Means Committee.

Dedicated to the academic and personal growth of every student, the Association of American Educators is the premier educators’ network that advances the teaching profession through teacher advocacy and protection, professional development and promoting excellence in education so that educators receive the respect, recognition and reward they deserve. AAE has members in all 50 states and welcomes professionals from all education entities.