The Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System Board of Trustees announced at its March 30, 2012 meeting that retirees who have been on the TCRS retired payroll for a least 12 consecutive months as of July 1, 2012 will be receiving a three (3%) percent cost-of-living adjustment. The percentage of COLA is based on the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for the previous calendar year.
TEA received the following updates from the State:
Updated Preferred Drug List
Each quarter the Preferred Drug List (PDL) is updated and posted online. For the second quarter of 2012, a large number of medications will be added to the list (largely generic products) and only one drug will be removed from the PDL effective April 1, 2012.
If you or any of your colleagues have never been a member of the National Education Association before, you are eligible to join now without paying any dues until September 2012
Between April 1 and August 31, 2012, the NEA Early Enrollment Membership Incentive Plan offers eligible recruits no-cost access as “Insureds” in the NEA Educators Employment Liability (EEL) Program and access to select NEA Member Benefits programs.
Former TEA President Velma Lois Jones was honored by President Obama during a Black History Month celebration. Jones worked as a teacher in Memphis for more than 40 years. Before serving as TEA president, she represented teachers at all levels of the Memphis Education Association.
NEA's Read Across America Tour - Driven by Mazda made a stop in Nashville to visit students at Napier and Tusculum elementary schools.
Mazda test drive program pledges $1 million for nation’s public school libraries
From the Tennessean/AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tennessee is among 10 states President Barack Obama on Thursday will free from the strict and sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, giving leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students, The Associated Press has learned.
Legislators took away your right to bargain in 2011. What will they try to take next? Retirement? You can help stop these injustices by protecting your TEA membership.
The Legislature is attempting to limit and control Tennessee educators’ free speech rights if they use payroll deductions for TEA dues. There is a way to protect your rights and benefits through your membership in TEA - sign up for TEA Automatic Dues Pay.
This statement was released to media statewide on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In his “State of the State” speech last night before Tennessee’s General Assembly, Governor Bill Haslam left many teachers with unanswered questions.
Schedule of roundtables: (All begin at 4:30 p.m.)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Education Association released its recommendations to correct the state’s flawed annual teacher evaluation system at a news conference today. The agenda was developed as a result of feedback from teachers and administrators through TEA-sponsored regional meetings, online surveys, email and face-to-face communications among TEA staff, leaders, teachers and administrators.