Public Educator Pensions Build Strong Missouri Communities

Dear Supporters of Public Education:

For the past several years MRTA has been very successful in defending the PSRS/PEERS system in the legislature. 

The threats to your pension are real.  The Show-Me Institute spends millions of dollars misleading the public and legislators each year.  If the Show-Me Institute has their way teachers would be put into a 401(k) system which would be extremely detrimental to our pension benefits, public education, our children, Missouri’s economy, and our communities.  It has become clear that in the current political climate that MRTA needed to get ahead of any detrimental legislation, we needed to start “playing offense.” 

I reached out to Richard Phillips, MASA Emeritus member and an MRTA member, and asked him to create a document to explain why PSRS/PEERS matters to Missourians.  The attached document is what came from that discussion.  We must impress upon our elected officials and the general public the importance of educator pensions to children, to public education, and to our communities. We do not have millions of dollars to fight billionaires, but we do have great organization among our members!  THERE IS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS!

MRTA must be the lead dog in this fight!  There are many education associations in Missouri, we encourage membership in all of them.  However, when it comes down to it in a legislative battle MRTA is the only association where education retirees are the #1 priority.  The active educator associations’ priorities MUST be for active educators, it is a plain and simple fact. 

I want to especially thank MASA Members Emeritus and MRTA Members: Richard Phillips, Bill Elder, Terrence Stewart and the committee for their help in creating this document. 


Jim Kreider
MRTA Executive Director

P.S. Please ask someone to join us in this fight today!  Membership in MRTA increases our STRENGTH IN NUMBERS! 

The world is run by those who show up!  Show up for MRTA!

4 thoughts on “Public Educator Pensions Build Strong Missouri Communities

  1. Our pension’s must be protected. Most teachers work for low pay and use their own money to supplement supplies. We depend on our pensions.

  2. I accidentally stumbled across information about SB614 that is sponsored by Sen. Emery which I feel is an attack on public education in several areas. I have copied and pasted the key points from this legislation.

    1–TEACHER TENURE AND REDUCTION IN FORCE. This act limits teacher tenure to teachers first hired by a district before August 28, 2020. Teachers hired on or after August 28, 2020, shall not receive tenure.
    LR Number:
    Government Reform
    Last Action:
    1/16/2020 – Second Read and Referred S Government Reform Committee
    Journal Page:
    Additionally, any teacher first employed by a school district on or after August 28, 2020, shall not be eligible to participate in the current Teacher Choice Compensation Package. 2–ABOLITION OF COURSES OR SUBJECTS IN THE ST. LOUIS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT. 3–TEACHER AND ADMINISTRATOR EVALUATIONS. 4. SALARY SCHEDULES.

    I find every portion of SB614 potentially damaging to both retired and currently employed school employees. This is also troubling for every future school employee.

    I am not finding this SB614 on your legislative update unless I am overlooking it. I am planning to write letters to my state senator, a senator in a neighboring district that I know, as well as possibly all the members of the Education Committee. I am also encouraging both retired and current teachers to also write letters, but I would like to see some talking points from you before I finalize my letter. Your help is greatly needed. Time is of the essence.

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