The council's Sandi Jacobs said outdated pension systems make it difficult to attract the best teachers.
In West Virginia, the pension shortfall affects how much money is available to working teachers.
West Virginia must devote many millions of dollars every year to support people who worked in schools in the past.
That makes it more difficult to raise teacher pay to attract the best teachers in the here and now.
Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, told Banchero that while there could be changes in teachers retirement systems, the focus should be on fully funding pensions.
That greatly complicates the challenge before those who would improve West Virginia's schools.
As economics columnist Robert Samuelson has said, governments in the United States are over-invested in the past and underinvested in the future.
How right he is.