Continuing the discussion from Middle school teacher in trouble after administering "Pimps and Hos" math test:
That’s not how pensions work generally - you are vested after a few years and get benefits for every year you worked - many of them do use an average of your last three years pay however teachers (unlike cops) can’t work massive overtime to bump up the ‘pension payout’ so firing her would just let her collect unemployment until it ran out then collect her pension.
That’s (btw) why pensions are so f’n awesome - they can’t be sued away from under you and it generally takes a literal act of congress to touch someone’s pension. 401k… well your paperpoy can trip and fall in your front yard and take every cent. Or the RIAA if you downloaded say a CD’s worth of songs. And it’s ripe for looting if you need to file bankruptcy. 401k’s would be awesome if they were anything close to a pension in protected assets for retirement - they don’t even exist in the same universe and are generally just big bags of money that one bad decision could wipe out.