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What’s New Archive


Past news and announcements for CalSTRS members and stakeholders.

What's New

Board Elections To Be Held In 2019 – Candidate Information

At the July 2018 board meeting, the Teachers’ Retirement Board adopted the 2019 Notice of Election outlining the requirements for the 2019 board election.

Three of the 12 Teachers’ Retirement Board members will be elected by the active membership. CalSTRS will hold the election from October 1, 2019 through November 30, 2019.


The Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

Dear Ranking Member Waters:

CalSTRS was established more than 100 years ago to provide retirement benefits for California’s public school teachers and is the largest educator-only pension fund in the world. The CalSTRS portfolio is currently valued at approximately $208 billion, which we carefully invest, as patient capital with a long-term investment horizon, to meet the retirement needs of more than 900,000 plan participants and their families.

General Information

Reading your Form 1099-R

Form 1099-R is the Internal Revenue Service form reporting a taxpayer’s distributions from pensions, annuities, IRAs, insurance contracts, profit-sharing plans and/or retirement plans (including section 457 state and local government plans).

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CalSTRS 2014–15 Sustainability Report

Fostering a Secure Future: 2014-15 Sustainability Report

The second annual CalSTRS 2014–15 Sustainability Report: Fostering a Secure Future documents a framework CalSTRS developed to ensure its long-term viability as a sustainable organization.

What's New

We Invite You to Participate in Our Sustainability Survey

How should CalSTRS advance discussions and improve commitments to a more sustainable future?

We invite you to participate in a survey about your views on a number of sustainability topics to help us shape the content for our third annual sustainability report, scheduled for release in the spring of 2017.


UC Berkeley Study: Are California Teachers Better off with a Pension or a 401(k)?

Research from University of California, Berkeley shows that for the vast majority of teachers, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System Defined Benefit pension provides a higher, more secure retirement income compared to a 401(k)-style plan.

The study, conducted by Nari Rhee, PhD, of the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education and William Fornia, FSA, of Pension Trustee Advisors, shows that switching to an account-based retirement system—such as a 401(k) or cash balance plan—would sharply reduce the retirement income security of teachers who account for a large majority of the educational workforce in California.

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Register Now: Retirement Resolution Webinar in January

Is your New Year’s resolution to retire this year?

Register now for our Retirement Resolution Webinar for an overview of the steps necessary to achieve your goal. Learn about the online services available to you, how to obtain a service retirement estimate and questions to address with your employer.

This webinar takes place on January 19 and January 21, 2016. Both webinars begin at 4:00 p.m. and are expected to last 30 minutes.

What's New

Form 1099-R Available on myCalSTRS

Form 1099-Rs for the 2014 tax year were mailed on January 20, 2015. You can view and print additional Form 1099-R statements by logging into myCalSTRS.

The form includes payments issued from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. View or print your Form 1099-R or make changes to your current tax withholding preferences on myCalSTRS.

In compliance with IRS guidelines, your 2014 Form 1099-R no longer includes Copy 2. We recommend you make a copy for your records.

Additional Information About Your Form 1099-R

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Visit CalSTRS’ Sustainability Site

At the very heart of CalSTRS Core Values exists Sustainability, an integral component of the framework which governs the organizational business culture. In fact, the Teachers’ Retirement Board identified sustainability and risk management as key priorities this year and extending over the next several years. To this end, sustainable objectives are fully integrated into everyday practices at every level of CalSTRS business operations.

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Your Input is Valuable – Please Complete CalSTRS Sustainability Survey

A commitment to sustainability is a key component of the culture, investments, core values and vision at CalSTRS. And per the five-year strategic business plan, CalSTRS is embarking on our inaugural sustainability report covering the calendar year of 2014. In this annual report, we will review and report on CalSTRS sustainability performance related to the most important of 12 crucial and relevant topics for each fiscal year. The report will encompass feedback from various stakeholder groups, which is where we need your assistance in completing a brief sustainability survey.

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California Educators – Dr. Genevieve Shepherd

California Educators – Dr. Genevieve Shepherd

CalSTRS celebrates and honors its dedicated members. In this first of an ongoing series of member profiles, we spend a day with 55-year CalSTRS member Dr. Genevieve Shepherd, principal at Tom Bradley Global Awareness Magnet school in Los Angeles.

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Member Service Center to Open in Orange County This Summer
Enjoy expanded access to CalSTRS when the full-service Irvine Member Service Center opens June 30.

Irvine Member Service Center building

The Irvine Member Service Center maintains the same environmental standards and energy efficiency that reflects CalSTRS’ commitment to California’s public educators and aligns business and technology changes to improve member services.

The Irvine site was selected as a result of an extensive site search that included a demographic analysis and comprehensive member survey sent to both active and retired Orange County members.

General Information

Retirement Progress Reports Are Going Paperless in 2014

Beginning in 2014, CalSTRS’ Retirement Progress Reports (annual member statements) will be delivered online at myCalSTRS. Members who wish to continue receiving their statement by mail will be able to do so by changing their delivery preferences. If you would like to receive your 2014 report by mail, your request to continue delivery by mail must be received by June 16, 2014.

See the Retirement Progress Report Going Paperless Frequently Asked Questions for more information.