Oklahoma Teacher Retirement System Under Attack!

On top of the endless changes to our profession, how would you like to see your retirement benefits reduced?  That is a strong possibility if State Treasurer Ken Miller has his way.  Treasurer Miller believes the State of Oklahoma should begin moving away from a pension system with defined benefits and towards a 401k savings account with defined contributions.

Here’s a comparison of current and proposed systems: 

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Weingarten writes about the promise of the Common Core

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes that the Common Core State Standards, while not a silver bullet, are important in helping to equalize educational opportunity for all children.

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Tentative Agreement Reached

OKC-AFT and Oklahoma City Public Schools have reached a tentative agreement for 2013-2014.  The membership passed the tentative agreement with 86 percent voting yes. 

 

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OKC-AFT Blueprint

Oklahoma City AFT Blueprint

No one should get a pass on school reform.  School reform can be advanced by legislation that shares accountability and responsibility.  The Oklahoma Legislature should incentivize school districts to voluntarily adopt comprehensive reform, using the school funding formula to increase assistance.

Key points from the Oklahoma City AFT Shared Accountability and Responsibility Blueprint that could be included in a legislative reform package.

 

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Reclaiming the Promise

AFT president Randi Weingarten is calling on educators to join with parents and community partners throughout the country in an effort to fulfill our collective responsibility to enable individual opportunity for all children. The materials in this toolkit are intended to help leaders find out more about Reclaiming the Promise and take action in their own communities.

Read AFT president Randi Weingarten's full speech.

Join us in Reclaiming the Promise.

OKC-AFT Storm Relief Fund

Currently we know of eight members who have lost or suffered severe damage to their homes.

In an effort to help our members the Oklahoma City AFT has established a Storm Relief Fund with 100% of donations going directly to our members.  Make your check payable to the Oklahoma City AFT (memo -- Storm Relief Fund).  Drop off or or mail your donation to:

Oklahoma City AFT, 2915 Classen Blvd., Suite 420, Oklahoma City, OK  73105

Thank you for helping our Union brothers and sisters who are in great need.

 

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