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Ensuring that education professionals have the financial resources they need to maintain their standard of living in retirement is a top priority for NRTA. Much of our government affairs and advocacy work focuses on making certain that educators can continue to rely upon defined benefit pensions and Social Security in retirement. This work is particularly important because in recent years educators’ retirement benefits have been the target of misinformation and threats.
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NRTA has provided the state REAs with an important tool to help them win real improvements in the lives of their members and other retired school personnel. We know that legislative and advocacy issues remain a top priority for REA leaders who regularly engage on public policy issues at both the state and federal levels. So NRTA designed the Advocacy Toolkit to strengthen and support REA efforts on legislation and advocacy by providing best practice guidance and tips on a variety of effective campaign tactics, including:
- Letters to the editor
- Meetings with elected officials
- Letters to elected officials
- Fact sheets and other leave-behinds
- Advocacy alerts
- Direct mail pieces
- Fundraising letters
- News releases
Please contact NRTA at 202-434-2380 for more information.
Pension Education Toolkit and E-Briefings
NRTA developed the Pension Education Toolkit and E-Briefings to help inform the state Retired Educators Association (REA) leaders, members and other stakeholders — particularly legislators — on a full range of pension issues. Prepared with the National Institute on Retirement Security, the toolkit provides interested stakeholders with a better understanding of a host of complex public pension issues, and it is supplemented by e-briefings that explain each element of the toolkit.