As used in this article:

(a) “Certificated employee” means a member, as defined by Section 22146, of the State Teachers’ Retirement System.

(b) “School district” means that district from which the member of the State Teachers’ Retirement System last made contributions to the system before retirement.

(c) “Spouse” means a spouse as defined by Section 22171.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 896, Sec. 5. Effective September 29, 2004.)