Double-dipping is common in Ohio schools, and we’re not talking about two scoops with a cherry on top.
Double-dipping is when a public employee retires, begins collecting his or her full pension, and then is rehired, often by the same agency that the employee retired from. The employee collects a salary plus his or her full pension and full health insurance benefits.
A 2010 investigation by the Ohio News Organization found that a quarter of Ohio public school superintendents and half of educational service center superintendents are double-dippers.
The practice is legal and can save local school districts money.
But it has some downsides:
- It makes it harder for younger administrators to move up through the ranks.
- it weakens state pension funds’ positions because it halts the retirees’ contributions and starts their withdrawals.
- And the practice rankles some private-sector workers and taxpayers who believe pensions should serve as retirement security, not pre-retirement wealth.