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3,090 retired California educators take home $100,000-plus pensions
Retired Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent James A. Fleming could face jail if convicted on a felony indictment charging him with using school resources to track his political enemies. But that won't stop his public pensions from rolling in.
Fleming collects $141,331 a year in California state teacher retirement funds, on top of the $64,068 pension he collects from Florida. Even if convicted on the 2007 charges, both his pensions totaling $205,399 annually will remain untouched.
Fleming is one of 3,090 educators in the California State Teachers' Retirement System who make at least $100,000 a year in taxpayer-guaranteed public pensions, according to a CalSTRS database obtained under the state Public Records Act. Most of the highly paid pensioners are superintendents and other district administrators. And some are pulling salaries from other jobs or pensions from other states.