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Reminders About the Required Minimum Distributions

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Dec 12, 2016 9:08:10 AM

Heading quickly to the end of the year, many of you may have not taken your Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). Hopefully, you will be reminded by your financial advisor to do so soon.

You don’t want to miss out on some opportunities to help you avoid costly mistakes and additional taxes.

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Healthy Habits for the Holidays and Winter

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Dec 6, 2016 7:57:35 AM

Now that the holidays and cooler weather are upon us, we may need to have a little more motivation to eat right and to take care of ourselves.

We all want good health in our golden years. Here are some tips:

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Topics: Health

What to Consider Before Voting

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Nov 28, 2016 9:11:14 AM

 The Indiana Retired Teachers Association (IRTA) is focused on the election season and we hope that you are as well. 

A “good voter” is a term used to describe an active and informed member of the voting community. While there are several key factors in exercising our voter muscle, the first is that we always vote!


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Topics: Legislature

Student Assessment Data Reporting Tool for Teachers

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Nov 3, 2016 12:31:57 PM

We recently had conversations with two local elementary teachers and asked them: "What resources would be valuable to YOU in your classroom?" 

Their answer was surprising, at first.

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Topics: Educator Resources

Indiana Teacher Retirement Fund 101

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Oct 10, 2016 9:06:42 PM

Another Indiana General Assembly biennial budget is approaching, and once again the state’s financial health will be under the microscope.

Undoubtedly, teacher pensions will get another look. What that means to Indiana’s 144,000 active, inactive and retired teachers and their beneficiaries remains to be seen.

To help keep your retirement benefits in perspective, it’s helpful to know a little history about Indiana’s Teacher Retirement Fund and it’s more than $10.5 billion in assets.

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Topics: Legislature

Parent Communication Tips for Student Success

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Sep 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Communication is key, as they say. Effective communication is an important part of the parent teacher relationship. Parents need to know important information about the school, but they also want to know what their child is doing in the classroom. Providing this information can help create effective parent teacher partnerships which will lead to student success. 

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How to Build a DonorsChoose Campaign

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Sep 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

As an educator, you've most likely heard of DonorsChoose.org. It's a website that allows teachers to post their classroom needs, and donors to select the projects and classrooms they want to help. The goal is that all students will have the tools and experiences they need to excel.

DonorsChoose was started by a teacher who realized the cost of purchasing supplies and equipment wasn't always feasible. He thought there might be donors out there who would love to help and see children succeed, and he was right! After the first few posts from his colleagues, the site spread nationwide and it's available to every public school in America.

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Topics: finance, Teaching

Great Sites for Elementary Student Research

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Aug 30, 2016 10:19:28 AM

Kids can find anything on the Internet. Unfortunately, anything and everything.

Research websites for children, however, can be valuable tools for getting information for classroom projects.

As an elementary school teacher, what can you do to help your students find reliable research on the Internet and keep them safe from inappropriate material?

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Topics: Teaching

State Budget Surplus Should Fund PSF

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Jul 27, 2016 2:30:40 PM

After reading Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s press release on July 25, 2016, I ask that you join me in emailing or writing him to suggest what he should do with the state's $50 million dollar budget surplus.

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Topics: Legislature

Health Savings Accounts Help Grow Your Retirement Funds

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Jul 11, 2016 12:12:02 PM

If you have a high-deductible health insurance plan, a government subsidized health savings account (HSA) can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in health care costs over your lifetime. An HSA can save you more than 25 percent on your health care expenses, maybe more, depending on your tax bracket.

Unfortunately, many people lack the knowledge about the program. So, it is important that you educate yourself about the advantages.

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Topics: finance, Health

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