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National Retired Teachers Association

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NRTA is the seed that grew into AARP. Ethel Percy Andrus founded NRTA: AARP's Educator Community (then known as the National Retired Teachers Association) in 1947 to address educators' economic challenges and health insurance needs in retirement.

NRTA is America's leading national organization representing the interests of more than 850,000 working and retired educators age 50+. We work with a network of state-based Retired Educators Associations (REAs) across the nation to collaborate and provide strategic support to protect educators' financial security and foster collaboration and volunteerism.

We invite you to learn more about NRTA and how to engage with us and connect with your REA.

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New Retirement State Fact Sheets

In partnership with the National Institute on Retirement Security, NRTA | AARP's Educator Community has released updated state-by-state fact sheets regarding public employee and teacher retirement systems across the country. These fact sheets present a snapshot of public sector retirement systems, including key information such as defined benefit pension economic impact, beneficiaries, funding history and plan changes. Over the years, these state fact sheets have served as effective tools to educate state and local policymakers about public employee and teacher retirement systems.

Pension Advocacy Toolkit

The Advocacy Toolkit is a collection of resources to help retired educators advocate at the local, state and federal level.

State Pension Fact Sheets:

NRTA Connections

NRTA’s largest and most impactful collaboration has been through its 50-year link to a network of state Retired Educator Associations (REAs). The state REAs are independently incorporated non-profit associations that advocate for the well-being of retired educators.

On the third Wednesday of every month, NRTA convenes a call with Retired Educator Association Leadership from around the country. For information on how to join this call, please email Mary Beth Dixon at

Retired Educators Associations

NRTA works directly with a network of state-based Retired Educators Associations (REAs) across the nation to collaborate and provide strategic support. Find out more information or join your local REA.


The NRTA supports the work of the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS), a research and education not-for-profit organization in Washington, DC.

Pension Infographics

Infographics are a great way to quickly and visually get our message out.  Try these infographics in your pension advocacy.

NRTA Programs

AARP’s Educator Community programs focus on supporting America’s working and retired educators by protecting their financial security and fostering collaboration and volunteerism. We offer programs in three key areas: community service, financial security and leadership.

Community Service

Retired educators believe it is important to serve, not be served.

Financial Security

Education professionals must have financial resources to maintain their standard of living in retirement.


Leadership development helps us solve today’s challenges and make a difference.

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  • Toll-Free Nationwide: 888-OUR-AARP (888-687-2277)
  • Toll-Free TTY: 877-434-7598
  • Toll-Free Spanish: 877-342-2277
  • International Calls: +1-202-434-3525

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