Use a retirement planning calculator, download a form, login to your myCalSTRS account, or visit 403bCompare.com.
CalSTRS is dedicated to preventing pension spiking.
A toll-free hotline has been established enabling anyone—the public, CalSTRS members, school district and county office of education employees—to report suspicions of pension spiking to CalSTRS.
CalSTRS does not provide health or dental insurance coverage as they are collectively bargained at the local school district level. Under California Education Code sections 7000-7008, school districts, community colleges and county offices of education must offer retiring CalSTRS members and their spouses or registered domestic partners the opportunity to continue their medical and dental insurance at their own cost.
CalSTRS primary focus is the pensions of California educators, but the availability of affordable health care can have a tremendous impact on the ability of members to maintain their standard of living in retirement.
As a California public school educator, you do not pay into Social Security, so you will not receive Social Security benefits for your CalSTRS-covered position.
If you expect to receive a Social Security check through your spouse or other employment, two federal rules—the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset—could leave you with a smaller Social Security check or no check at all.
Your CalSTRS retirement benefit will not be reduced by these rules.