As a pre-2013 CalSTRS member who is still teaching, what happens if I leave teaching for 5 years and then return? Am I part of the new CalSTRS 2% at 62 group, or will I still receive CalSTRS 2% at 60 benefits for this future service?

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If you were hired prior to 2013 but leave teaching for a period of time and return to the California public school system, the current CalSTRS 2% at 60 benefit plan will continue to apply to you.

The new CalSTRS 2% at 62 member benefit plan applies to those who are first hired to perform service that could be creditable to CalSTRS on or after January 1, 2013. The service you performed before 2013 was creditable to CalSTRS.