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January Board News

( The text below is reprinted from the news release by STRS.) Board Discusses Options to Reduce Amortization Period for the Pension Fund During the State Teachers Retirement Board’s annual retreat, board members reviewed several options to reduce the retirement system’s funding period. Ohio law requires the statewide retirement systems to amortize unfunded liabilities over a period of not more than 30 years, otherwise they must submit a board-approved plan to the Legislature to reduce the funding period to 30 years. STRS Ohio’s current funding period is 40.2 years. Pension reform laws passed in 2012 reduced STRS Ohio’s accrued liabilities by $15.7 billion and improved the system’s funded ratio to 66.3% from 56.0%. These reforms also reduced the retirement system’s funding period from infinity — but have not yet resulted in a 30-year amortization period. The board-approved plan to reach the 30-year target is due to the Ohio Legislature Feb. 21. During the funding discu