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STRS Ohio exists to pay teacher retirement benefits

ORTA established the Pension Defense Fund to ensure it has the legal and professional resources necessary to continue its fight for pro-teacher policies and the reinstatement of pro-reform STRS board member Wade Steen.

 

In a huge victory for teachers this week, an Ohio court made a preliminary finding that pro-teacher board member Wade Steen should be reinstated to the STRS board. The magistrate determined Mr. Steen was wrongfully removed by the Governor last year. However, this victory was short lived because it appears the Governor has a hidden motive. Despite the Tenth District Court of Appeals findings, the Governor's office decided to brazenly interfere with the court. 

 

After the Tenth District’s Courts finding, Brent Bishop resigned from the seat from which he was wrongfully appointed. Ignoring the court’s findings, the Governor boldly decided to usurp the power of the courts and the will of the people and wrongfully appoint yet another person, Brian Perera. ORTA will not stand by and watch one man’s hidden agenda stand in the way of bringing transparency and accountability to our pension system.

 

STRS is broken. Help us fight back by supporting board members like Wade Steen who are trying to fix it. 

Please consider a contribution of $10, $25, $50, $100 or even more – every dollar will be critical in this fight to take back our pension system.

STRS Ohio Watchdogs

Chew on this!

"It should be a red flag for everyone when the STRS staff consistently receives raises and bonuses and consistently publicizes their awards as being a top quartile pension system. At the same time, members pay more, work longer, and go without inflation protection. That’s a red flag!" - Dean Dennis

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"Dancing around this one particular pension fund and what's happened." 

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Ohio's teachers are under attack.

Again!

On the morning of the STRS Ohio Board meeting on May 15, Ohio AG Dave Yost filed a lawsuit to remove two state teachers' pension board members, saying they breached their fiduciary duty to protect the pension fund.

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Yost is basing this charge on a "14 page anonymous memo" sent to Gov. Mike DeWine by STRS Ohio staff. Among other accusations is the claim that the election of reform-minded Board members in the past six elections is a "hostile takeover" of STRS Ohio.

 

The arrogance of STRS staff to characterize the election of reformers in the past six elections as a "hostile takeover" says it all. They think the pension system belongs to them, not the membership.

In this country, fair and democratic elections are the foundation on which our institutions are held accountable. Ultimately, Ohio law vests the administration of STRS to the board, not to the staff.

This is not a hostile takeover, it is a teacher takeover through fair and free elections.

Please donate today to help support our democratically elected reformers and ensure their ability to bring about real change at STRS.

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Every dollar will be critical in this fight!

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Ohio STRS Member Only Forum

The MOF was started in 2017 by Joe Lupo, a retired public school adminstrator, after the suspension of the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) by STRS Ohio. The MOF has over 35,000 members, active and retired teachers who are members of the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio. The MOF was instumental in electing the past five members to the STRS Ohio Retirement Board. The MOF Facebook group is a dynamic discussion about all things related to STRS Ohio and Ohio teachers' retirement benefits. Many of the documents and articles featured in the MOF are posted by John Curry, who manages a clearinghouse of emails, documents, and articles about STRS Ohio.

Pension Warriors

"I am America's leading forensic expert investigating pension and retirement plan abuses. My mission is to prepare you to fight to protect the pension you were promised." - Edward Siedle

Pension Warriors focuses on providing forensic insights to subscribers about pension and retirement plan abuses. Our goal is to explain mismanagement and wrongdoing in a manner that is both understandable and actionable. We don’t want to scare you—we want to prepare you to fight to protect your retirement security, i.e., to ensure that promises made are indeed, kept.

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Kathie Bracy's Blog

Kathie Bracy’s Blog is a forum for Ohio educators, sharing thoughts regarding their health care and pension system, STRS Ohio. Kathie’s blog is a virtual repository of STRS Ohio history since 2003. Many of the documents and articles featured in Kathie’s blog are contributed by John Curry, who manages a clearinghouse of emails, documents, and articles about STRS Ohio.

A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Baylor University School of Music, Kathie is a professional symphony musician by background. She is also a retired elementary classroom teacher (nonmusic), having taught in the Alliance (OH) City Schools 2-1/2 years and the Columbus Public Schools 30 years. Kathie's first job was as harp instructor at The University of Texas; currently she is a Lecturer in Harp at The University of Mount Union. As a retired educator and a life member of a number of professional organizations, including the Ohio Retirement for Teachers Association and the Ohio Education Association-Retired, she also worked with the Concerned Ohio Retired Educators (CORE) which officially disbanded in 2012, to help bring about badly needed reform in our teachers retirement system, STRS Ohio. 

WEP GPO FB Movement

Did you know that the state of Ohio is third in the number of Social Security recipients whose retirement benefits are negatively impacted by the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO)? 

The National WEP & GPO Repeal Movement is a grassroots Facebook movement to repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO), focusing on a political action model and education. Their Facebook group functions as a repository of political action where you can easily access campaigns to fight to repeal the WEP & GPO.

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