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  • Legislators to discuss teacher retirement changes

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  • State Rep. Pat Ownbey and Senators Josh Bre­cheen and Frank Simp­son will discuss proposed changes to the state teacher re­tirement program from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at First Pres­byterian Church, 223 W. Broad­way, Ardmore.
    The meeting is open to all women educators who are concerned about paying more into the sys­tem and receiving lower payments at retirement time.
    Omicron Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma So­ciety Inter­national is hosting this meeting to provide an opportuni­ty to inform current and retired women educators about pending legislative changes that can have a major impact on them now and in the future. The next legislative ses­sion begins in February, so now is the time to make your opinion heard.
    The Oklahoma Educa­tion Association is actively involved with opposing these changes, but needs the support of all con­cerned educators.
    These changes involve modifying the Teacher Retirement System from a structured contribution and defined payment at retirement to a system that will pay retirees at a stock market based rate. This change would not provide a fixed income for retirees, and does not offer any significant savings for the state.
    Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and ex­cellence in education.
    Each chapter is also charged with keeping members informed of current economic, social, political and educational issues so that members can better participate in their community.
    Omicron Chapter serves members in Carter, Love, Johnston and Marshall counties. All interested women educators are en­couraged to attend the Saturday meeting.
    To ask questions, call Phyllis Cox at (580) 564-4351.
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