- SNEAK PEEK of The VOICE: Foundation Month is Soon!
The Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) is changing lives every day! November has been designated as Foundation Month, a time to honor and support the Texas Retired Teacher Association’s (TRTA) charitable giving partner.
TRTF was founded in 1988 to raise funds to build the permanent home of TRTA in downtown Austin, Texas. The organization began offering grants to classroom teachers and scholarships to future educators in 2000.
Since that time, TRTF has given out more than $200,000 to educators of the past, present and future!
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- TRS-Care Town Hall Meeting Update
The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) will host a Town Hall Meeting on October 22, 2015 to discuss the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program. As you may have read in a recent edition of the Inside Line, the next and most important step in the TRS-Care funding crisis is to find real, long-term solutions and protect the program’s participants.
The TRS-Care Town Hall Meeting is vital to this discussion! Your participation is necessary, and we encourage members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) and their fellow retirees and pre-retirees to attend.
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- TRS to Host Town Hall Meeting about Health Insurance Program
The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) Board of Trustees met September 24 and 25 to discuss various issues impacting the pension fund and the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program. To view a webcast of the meeting, you may click this link. One significant matter of discussion was the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program.
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- TRTA Launches Membership Renewal Website
The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) took its next step towards modernizing the TRTA membership experience today with the launch of its Renew Now website. Through this site, members can now renew their dues online!
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- Help Us Repeal the WEP by Visiting This Web Page
The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) has been a thorn in retired educators’ sides for far too long. First implemented in 1983, the WEP prevents retired educators, as well as policemen and firefighters, from receiving the Social Security benefits they earned.
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- TRTA Standing Committee Meetings Underway
The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is as busy as ever, and already planning for the 85th Texas Legislative Session. During the past week and through August 14, TRTA is hosting its biannual standing committee meetings.
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- This Week at TRTA!
Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) leaders and staff are busy this week as we host the District Presidents Leadership Training Conference (DPLTC). The three day event will be held at the Airport Hilton Hotel in Austin July 7-9.
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- TRTA Interim Update: Full Steam Ahead!
The regular session of the 84th Texas Legislature has ended well for members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA). Governor Greg Abbott recently signed House Bill 2 into law, which provides $768 million to fill the TRS-Care funding shortfall.
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- Thanking Mike Lehr and Tom Pritchard
Many of our members may know and remember two great leaders in both the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) and Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF): Mike Lehr and Tom Pritchard. Both gentlemen have served in multiple capacities for both organizations, guiding not only legislative activity, but also charitable giving and promoting the legacy of public education in Texas.
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- Closing Out the 84th Texas Legislative Session (FEATURING NEW TRTATV EPISODE)
On Monday, June 1, the 84th Texas Legislative Session came to the end of its 140 day journey. At the beginning of the 2015, the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) sought to solve a massive budget deficit to TRS-Care, the health insurance program more than 240,000 retired public educators rely upon, and protect the provisions passed last session that made the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) actuarially sound.
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