STRS Ohio Watchdogs
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"Ohio’s state auditor, Keith Faber, just issued a report sounding an alarm about state pension officials keeping private equity contracts secret – a practice replicated in states across the country." - David Sirota
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ORTA Pension Defense Fund
ORTA’S mission is to monitor, advocate for, and protect the pensions and benefits of its members. In May 2023, Governor Mike DeWine removed Wade Steen from the STRS Ohio Retirement Board. Ohio's Governor has declared war on Ohio's teachers by attacking their pension. He's standing in the way of reform. ORTA has opened a pension defense fund to develop resources for legal and professional support in fighting for Ohio teachers. Please consider helping out by donating today. ORTA's Executive Council has determined that the first action from the fund will be to use monies to help Wade Steen. The monies will go towards the legal expenses he will incur in challenging his improper removal from the STRS Ohio Retirement Board by the Governor. Please rally around this cause!
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.
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.
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.