2018 Indiana General Assembly in session through March 14
Indiana Retired Teachers Association has geared up to meet the challenges of the 2018 Indiana General Assembly and its Republican super majority. IRTA Executive Director Tom Mellish and IRTA lobbyist Steve Beeb call on all retired teachers to support their efforts to focus a spotlight on the issues of concern to retired educators.
Because last year's session passed the two-year stipend, incorrectly called a 13th check, getting legislators to look at a cost of living allowance (COLA) this year will not be easy. We can play an essential role and support IRTA's efforts if we contact our legislators to request their support for the COLA. (And reminding them that this is an election year is not a bad idea either.)
Talk with your legislator at the irta legislative breakfast, wednesday, feb 21
BARTA Legislative Committee is looking for some new members. One of our most active committees, especially during the legislative session, this group works for the welfare of all retired teachers.
irta Foundation has sCHOLARSHIPs FOR fUTURE tEACHERS
BARTA's parent organization, Indiana Retired Teachers Association and its Foundation, supports its members and their families by sponsoring a minimum of ten scholarships per year for Indiana college students. Sophomore and junior education majors who are children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, legal dependents, or spouses of active IRTA members may apply for a $2000 scholarship by June 30. A minimum of one scholarship in each of the ten IRTA areas will be awarded annually. For information use this link: http://www.retiredteachers.org/irt_foundation.aspx
active teacher grant is newest foundation program
IRTF's newest program is just off the drawing board. Public school educators, pre-K through 12, may apply for an Active Teacher Grant to help provide funds for a special project for their students. Applications are due by September 30 of each year, and up to $500 will be available for grants in each of the ten IRTA districts. More details and applications may be found at http://www.retiredteachers.org/irt_foundation.aspx
Do you Know someone who needs a Helping hand?
A HAND UP program aids retired teachers
Retired teachers, especially those very elderly recipients of particularly small pensions, may find meeting the cost of unexpected expenses quite difficult. A Hand Up program provides $1000 grants to IRTA members who are facing short term financial emergencies. During its first nine months of life, A Hand Up has awarded $3500 in four grants to our members. More information and applications may be found at http://www.retiredteachers.org/irt_foundation.aspx