The tone of your questions seem to imply you believe the teacher in question is not receiving retirement benefits out of the ordinary compared to the average worker. What do you think the average worker in a comparable job receives in retirement pay and benefits?So how much should she make in retirement? For a teacher, what would you say is a fair amount for her to retire on?
It's a hard question to answer because of so many variables.
How many people have full-time jobs that only require them to work about 9 months of the year with summers off and several weeks off during the school year?
How much is the job security enjoyed by teachers worth? How many teachers will ever face the white collar job losses being implemented by United Technologies in East Hartford and Middletown this week?
How many people will receive 80% of their highest salary in retirement pay after 40 years?
Is the teacher also eligible to receive Social Security Retirement Retirement Income?
Will the teacher also receive lifetime health insurance, dental insurance and other benefits as part of the overall retirement benefit?