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    Retiring in 2015?

    Register for a "Ready for Retirement" seminar in November or December

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    Happy anniversary, MTRS!

    The MTRS turned 100 on July 1—check out our timeline

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    Retirees: Returning to work for a Massachusetts employer?

    Know the rules before you do

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  • State house building in Boston

    Pension Reform III affects all MTRS members

    Understand what it means for you

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Welcome

The Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System is the largest of the Commonwealth’s 105 contributory retirement systems. We provide retirement, disability and survivor benefits to more than 88,000 active educators and 59,000 retirees and survivors. We’re glad to have you as a visitor and encourage you to browse often!


Retiring in 2015? Ready for Retirement is just the ticket!

One of our most popular programs, "Ready for Retirement" will be offered at several locations across the Commonwealth in November and December. During this nuts-and-bolts seminar, you will learn exactly what to do—and expect—as you go through the retirement process. This free, optional program is designed specifically for members retiring in the next year, and is held after school, from 4 to 6 p.m. To attend, simply register online. We hope you can join us!

"I was totally overwhelmed prior to attending today, but now it seems that retiring will be a more manageable task." –Program attendee


Executive Director Joan Schloss to retire after more than 30 years of public service

The Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement Board announced that Executive Director Joan Schloss has decided to retire.  Ms. Schloss is retiring after more than thirty years in the public service, twenty-eight of which were spent helping active and retired educators in the Commonwealth.

“Joan’s retirement will be a big loss to us and to our members,” said Board Chairman Jeff Wulfson, who is the deputy commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. “We are grateful for her many years of leadership and for the high standards of professionalism and service that she set for our agency.”

At its July 25th meeting, the Board selected Deputy Executive Director Erika Glaster to succeed Ms. Schloss at the end of the year.



Dear Members, please bear with us during this extremely busy time!

If you're waiting to hear from us on a request for service, we ask that you please be patient. We received more than 20,000 service purchase applications after Pension Reform III, and the record-setting volume has caused lengthy processing delays. Although we had anticipated a temporary increase in the number of applications—and increased staffing levels accordingly—the volume simply and significantly exceeded our projections.

We are very sorry for any delay you may experience, and ask that you please bear with us during what is an extremely busy time for our staff. Thank you in advance for your understanding and continued patience.

NOTE: If you are retiring within the next four to six months and you have one or more service purchase applications currently pending with us, please let us know so that we may give your service purchase requests priority.