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Meet YOU in Longview July 12th!

East Texas teachers take aim at legislators

By Meredith Shamburger 
July 8, 2017 at 4 a.m.

East Texas teachers and school officials are bracing for the Texas Legislature's upcoming special session — and preparing to make their voices heard on a number of education issues Wednesday at a rally on the Gregg County Courthouse lawn.

The goal, organizers say, is to let legislators know teachers and other school employees are fed up with rising health care costs, jeopardized pension plans, decreases in school funding and a push for vouchers.

"I think it feels as if this past session, education and educators were targeted," rally organizer Suzanne Bardwell said. "That appears to be what may be coming back up again in the special session."

Teachers and other public school supporters throughout East Texas are expected to gather at 10 a.m. Wednesday outside the courthouse, with organizers asking attendees to wear red. Guest speakers will include Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt and Tim Lee, director of the Texas Retired Teachers Association.

Longview ISD Superintendent James Wilcox and White Oak ISD Superintendent Mike Gilbert also plan to speak briefly, Bardwell said.

Bardwell taught for more than 30 years before she retired from public education and now co-owns The Gladewater Mirror with her husband. The idea for a local teachers' rally came after a similar event was held in Nacogdoches earlier this summer, and those participating hope they can reach the ears of their local representatives who are about to go back to Austin for the special session.

Wednesday's rally is expected to draw local educators, but at least one major statewide protest is planned in Austin ahead of the special session's July 18 start date. Texans for Public Education are planning a rally at 1:30 p.m. July 17 on the statehouse steps, with statewide associations and advocates expected to speak.

Gov. Gregg Abbott has listed several education-related items on his special session agenda, including a teacher pay raise bill that local school officials have noted doesn't appear to come with increased state funding. Abbott has appointed state Rep. Travis Clardy, R-Nacogdoches, to write that bill and said it would help schools attract and retain high-quality teachers.

State Sen. Larry Taylor and state Rep. Phil King have been appointed by Abbott to write legislation that would create a school finance commission, and Taylor and state Rep. Ron Simmons have been tasked to write a bill providing vouchers for special needs students.

State Sen. Bryan Hughes and state Rep. Jason Isaac have been appointed by Abbott to author a bill that would keep schools and other state and local governments from deducting union dues from public employees' paychecks.

Locally, Wednesday's rally calls for teachers to use their voices and speak up against proposed measures, such as the voucher bill and a teacher raise that would fall on already-strapped school districts to fund.

"The goal of the rally, obviously, is to put out on the table the biggest issues facing education," Bardwell said. "And that, in particular, the Senate has not come through in supporting education or even understanding education."

Two of the biggest issues concerning teachers, active and retired, are health care and pensions.

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas serves more than 1.5 million educators and provides health care benefits and pensions to those who have worked in public education. Teachers pay into the system throughout their careers.

Bardwell noted retired teachers haven't received a cost-of-living increase in 16 years, and retirees who have earned Social Security in addition to their teacher pensions can't draw on it without severe penalties.

High monthly health care premiums and deductibles also are an issue for teachers, Bardwell said. Active teachers may be paying so much for health care that they can't make a livable wage — and retired teachers can see health care costs taking up to half of their pensions, Bardwell said.

"These benefits are earned," she said. "We're not asking for something that we were not promised and that we didn't work for and that we didn't pay into. We have paid into this system and blithely gone into the classroom and taught our hearts out, and then came out of the classroom thinking 'OK, now we can start a business, volunteer at the school.' Well we can't; we're having to find other jobs, other paying jobs."

Bardwell hopes the rally will resonate with area lawmakers ahead of the special session.

"The most important thing is to make our legislators aware that we are determined," she said. "When you look at the fact that one in 20 Texans is a member of (the Texas Retirement System), that's a heck of a lot of votes. Teachers have reached the end of their rope. Public school employees have reached the end of their rope."

To view a Youtube video of the rally, click on the link below:          

   https://youtu.be/T3bc7xhpfNg

               

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from Tim Lee....NEWS....NEWS....NEWS....NEWS....NEWS....NEWS

   

SAVE THE DATES 2017-12028

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING: OFFICERS, CHAIRS AND LOCAL PRESIDENTS (PLEASE, BRING YOUR NOTEBOOK). AUGUST 17, 2017 9:30 A.M. REGION 8 ESC MAGNOLIA ROOM, PITTSBURG.

 

DISTRICT 8 FALL CONFERENCE OCTOBER 12, 2017 8:30 A.M. REGISTRATION

9:00 A.M.  MEETING, REGION 8 ESC CONFERENCE ROOM 3rd FLOOR PITTSBURG

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD: OFFICERS, CHAIRS AND LOCAL PRESIDENTS

 FEBRUARY 15, 2018, 9:30 A.M. REGION 8 ESC MAGNOLIA ROOM, PITTSBURG

 

65th TRTA ANNUAL CONVENTION, APRIL 8-10. 2018, LA CANTERA RESORT,  SAN ANTONIO.

 

SPRING LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE,8:30 A.M. REGISTRATION  9:00 A.M.  MEETING,  FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 400 N. FREDONIA STREET, LONGVIEW 75601

 

DISTRICT 8 FALL CONFERENCE, OCTOBER 18, 2018, 8:30 A.M. REGISTRATION

9:00 A.M. MEETING ,  REGION 8 ESC CONFERENCE ROOM  3rd FLOOR., PITTSBURG

 

                                                                               

 

 

 

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Meet our President,

  Racyne Mitchell.

Racyne is beginning

 her second year in office as

PRESIDENT OF TRTA DISTRICT 8.

Racyne has an extensive educational background
having taught in schools from Texas to Oklahoma to California and retired from the Pasadena CA, USD.

Her subject matter taught included music and English and she also served as a librarian  and
as an education diagnostician.  

Important Reminders from Your President:

Reports for the Children's Book Project, Volunteer Hours, Health Care, Retirement Events, Scholarship and Grants: Due February 15 and March 1.  The local unit reports are due to the District Committee Chairmen by February 15th( or earlier if your District Committee Chairmen requested a different date).District reports are due to the State Committee Representative by March 1, 2017.

LOCAL PRESIDENTS DELEGATE INFORMATION IS DUE FEBRUARY 27, 2017. Names of all convention delegates are due in the TRTA office by February 27, 2017.

Our next Executive meeting is scheduled for February 16, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at Region 8 ESC in the Magnolia Room.We are calling all District Officers, Committee Chairmen and Local Unit Presidents to be present. This will be the time for us to plan for the TRTA  Annual Convention, March 27-29, 2017, and other important business.

BRING SNACKS TO THE MEETING. I WILL BRING DRINKS.

 NOTE: IF YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS HAS CHANGED PLEASE LET ME KNOW THE CORRECT ADDRESS

 

Racyne will be coming to visit with your local unit if she has not already been there:

SEPTEMBER : Camp County, Pittsburg, Thursday, Sept 8|
Lamar-Delta, Sept 26, Paris Jr. College, Tim Lee,
Center Ballroom, 11 A.M.

OCTOBER: Longview-Gregg County, Tuesday, October 4th, 11 AM.,
Tyler Street Bistro, Longview
Sulphur Springs, Monday, October 11, 10 A.M., Ag Workers Bldg.
Franklin County, Tuesday 11:30 A.M.,Cultural Arts Bldg.

NOVEMBER:  Cass County, Linden, Tuesday, Nov 8, 2 P.M., Senior
Citizen Center, Linden
Mt. Pleasant-Titus County, Monday, November 14th, 11:30 A.M., Old Region 8 ESC

JANUARY:  Texarkana-Bowie County, Wednesday, Jan 25th, 10:30, A.M. TISD Food Services

FEBRUARY:  Upshur County, Tuesday Feb 28th, 10 A.M., First UMC,
Gilmer, Tim Lee speaker


MARCH: Harrison County, Tuesday, March 21st, 11:30 A.M., Juicy's, Marshall

APRIL: Eastern Cass County, Fri, April 14th, 10 A.M., Queen City,
Methodist Church

Morris County, Monday, April 17th,  President & Foundation 
Chair


MAY: Hughes Springs, Wednesday, May 10th, noon
Western Bowie County, Monday, May 22nd

 

  
 

Texas Retired Teachers Association

313 E. 12th Street, Suite 200 I Austin, TX 78701-1957

800.880.1650 I 512.476.1622 I fax 512.476.1003

 

The Voice For All Public Education Retirees     www.trta.org

 

District VIII Texas Retired Teachers Association817 Elaine Dr., Wake Village, TX 75501

 

 

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