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Membership in NYSTRS is mandatory for all full-time teachers, teaching assistants, guidance counselors and administrators employed in New York State public schools (excluding New York City), Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), and eligible charter schools that opted to participate as an employer in NYSTRS.

Membership for teachers employed less than full time is optional. Employers are required to notify in writing part-time teachers of their right to membership in the System.

Teachers employed by a New York State community college or SUNY may elect membership in NYSTRS, the New York State and Local Employees' Retirement System or an Optional Retirement Program.