CalSTRS Chosen to Manage LAUSD 457(b) Plan

CalSTRS to provide record keeping, retirement education for the supplemental retirement plan of the second largest school district in the U.S.

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) today announced it has been selected to administer the Los Angeles Unified School District’s 457(b) Defined Contribution Plan.

CalSTRS will partner with TIAA-CREF to keep the LAUSD program’s records. CalSTRS will also assist LAUSD teachers in the program with education and counseling services about the role the defined contribution accounts play in a well-rounded retirement security plan.

The LAUSD is the second-largest school district in the U.S. with approximately 110,000 full-time and part-time employees. The district is comprised of approximately 800 schools and an additional 200 locations representing non-school facilities and offices. The program manages $30 million for the program’s 1,600 participants

“We are delighted that LAUSD recognizes the expertise CalSTRS brings to helping educators build strong financial futures in retirement,” said Jack Ehnes, CalSTRS chief executive officer. “CalSTRS own defined contribution program is part of our hybrid system which provides a comprehensive retirement package for our members. And by leveraging our partnership with TIAA-CREF, we’ll give LAUSD plan participants the opportunity to enhance their own retirement security and set a standard for efficiency and benefits.”

“This agreement benefits members of the Los Angeles Unified School District through access to information from CalSTRS and TIAA-CREF on how to supplement their retirements to build a secure future,” said Steve Schullo, chair of the LAUSD’s Plan Oversight Committee.

CalSTRS has managed its own defined contribution program since 1994. Pension2 Personal Wealth Plan consists of a 403(b), Roth 403(b), and 457(b) plan, and serves as a voluntary supplemental savings plan for all California school and community college employees. The program currently manages nearly $300 million on behalf of more than 6,000 participants. Financial services provider TIAA-CREF serves as record keeper for the program.

TIAA-CREF (www.tiaa-cref.org) is a national financial services organization with $469 billion in combined assets under management (as of 6/30/11) and is the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields.

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, with a portfolio valued at $152.7 billion, is the largest teacher pension fund in the United States. CalSTRS administers a hybrid retirement system, consisting of a traditional defined benefit, cash balance and defined contribution plans, as well as disability and survivor benefits. CalSTRS serves California's 852,000 public school educators and their families from the state’s 1,600 school districts, county offices of education and community college districts.

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