A year-end message from our Executive Director

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Dec 20, 2017 11:14:55 AM

As we celebrate the holiday season, we have many reasons to be thankful and feel blessed.

I continue to travel around the state to our many local chapters and have truly enjoyed each stop. Indiana has been blessed to have had such caring and passionate teachers.

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Annual Message from Executive Director

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Jul 5, 2017 8:11:57 AM

Just a year or two ago podcasts, webinars, tweeting, and blogs were not part of the IRTA vocabulary or in our offerings. Today we use these methods for spreading information through our website.

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Switching from DB to DC plan no panacea for state or retirees

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Nov 17, 2015 3:23:00 PM

A General Assembly Interim Education Committee has recommended a review of the effect of a defined contribution plan - hoping it would help improve teacher retention. The Indiana State Teachers Associations sees problems of switching to a Defined Contribution Plan.

The IRTA does not believe a DC Plan will help Indiana entice more teachers into the profession and actually hurt recruitment and retention of teachers.

It is interesting to note that the Public Employees of Indiana have had this option for a few years and yet only ten percent of the employees have signed-up for the Defined Contribution Plan.

To more clearly define the issue, here are the definitions of Defined Benefit and Contribution Plans:


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