SECTION 1: Subdivision (1) of section 4 of Chapter 32 is hereby amended by striking out paragraph (p) and inserting in place thereof the following paragraphs:
(p) Any member of a contributory retirement system who is engaged in a teacher position and holds a license issued by the department of elementary and secondary education or is exempted from the requirement of licensure and who was previously employed as a teacher as defined in section 1 in a special education program for school aged children in a non-public school in the commonwealth, if the tuition of all pupils in said non-public school was financed in part or in full by the commonwealth may, before the date any retirement allowance becomes effective for him, establish such service as creditable service by depositing into the annuity savings fund of the system of which he is a member in one sum, or in installments, upon such terms and conditions as the board may prescribe, an amount equal to that which would have been withheld as regular deductions from his regular compensation for such previous period, or most recent portion thereof, as he may elect, had such service been rendered in a public school of the commonwealth plus buyback interest to the date of such deposit for such previous period, or most recent portion thereof, as he may elect.
Payment shall not be made and no credit shall be allowed for such non-public school service in excess of the total service rendered in a public school of the commonwealth to which the member would be entitled to receive credit if he remained in service to age sixty-five, with the maximum credit for service in such non-public schools not to exceed ten years; provided, that no credit shall be allowed and no payment shall be accepted for any service for which the member shall be entitled to receive a retirement allowance, annuity or pension from any other source. Upon completion of such payments, such member shall receive the same credit for such period of his previous non-public school service or portion thereof elected, as would have been allowed had such service been rendered by him in a public school of the Commonwealth. Such member shall furnish the board with such information as it shall require to determine the amount to be paid and the credit to be allowed under this paragraph. At the time a retirement allowance becomes due to a member or to a beneficiary under option (d) of subdivision (2) of section twelve, if the service rendered in public schools of the commonwealth on the date either the retirement allowance becomes effective, or on the date the member attained age sixty-five, whichever occurs first, is less than the service in said non-public schools for which the member has paid, credit shall be allowed only for the most recent service rendered in said non-public schools equal to such service rendered in the public schools of the commonwealth and the amount paid for such additional service shall be refunded with accumulated interest, refund to be made only when the retirement allowance becomes due to the member or to the beneficiary under option (d) of subdivision (2) of section twelve, and if it is found that payment has been accepted for any service for which the member is entitled to a retirement allowance, annuity or pension from any other source, the amount paid for such service with accumulated interest shall also be refunded with no retirement credit allowed.
For the purposes of this section, “non-public school” shall mean an institution operated by a private entity in the Commonwealth that will lead to or award school-aged children either a high school diploma or its equivalent; service in a “non-public school” does not include activities in a residence or afterschool program.
The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The General Court provides this information as a public service and while we endeavor to keep the data accurate and current to the best of our ability, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.