The Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System said today it will collect $1.8 billion from state taxpayers and local school districts to fund teacher and other school employee pensions next year, up from $1.2 billion this year.

That works out to a 12 cent surcharge on every dollar paid to school employees, up from around 8 cents this year.

Schools are expected to cut other expenses, or raise taxes, to make up the difference.

The increase would have been even bigger, but for a new state law that spreads the state's responsibility to fill the gap between the pension system's current assets and its expected liabilities, spokeswoman Evelyn Tatkovski told me.