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Thursday, September 15, 2016
Note from this blogger.....
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Gettin' a little tired.....
Friday, April 29, 2016
I know, it's weird.........
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
This is an abbreviated version of the original 'Handy links' post. Click here to view a more complete list. (Some of it is old.)
Dennis Leone's STRS Report to ORTA, March 2007
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Thursday, October 30, 2014
RH Jones: Time for that 13th check
Congratulations on being elected as our STRS OH Board President. I wish you good luck in your new leadership role.
All of us retired teachers have received the happy news that our OH STRS has now reached the 29.5 year funding level that will enable the board members to once again vote to authorize the very fairly calculated “Supplemental 13th Check”. It is my understanding that this vital supplemental check is still on the law books; and, since retired teachers have been especially hit at an alarming level with high medical and costly prescription medications this coming 2015, it is essential for those of us which have been retired over 20-years. Some did not even get their non-compounding COLA this year and its been 1/4-century since the state has issued an Ad-Hoc increase to keep us even with inflation.
As the “Holiday Season” fast approaches, it is incumbent that this be introduced to the board, voted upon, and passed by the STRS OH Board in the mid-November meeting. As our Retired Representative and our new board president it will be delightfully appreciated by many of us who have felt that there has been a lack of caring by our STRS OH over the past few years.
Most humbly requested,
Bob Jones, a retired STRS OH teacher
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Cleveland teachers, YOU are getting screwed BIG TIME!
I am David Quolke and I am the President of the Cleveland Teachers Union. There are many issues that I could talk to you about today. Many issues that I – and my members – think should be brought to your attention. However, today, I need to talk about Non-Reappointments.The first week in May, 70 of my members received notice that they were being recommended for non-reappointment. Now that number could be off because these were the numbers that I was given by the media after they spoke with CEO Gordon or someone from the District. When talking to the media – I explained that many of my members were blindsided when they received this news and that the CTU was blindsided also. You see, I have many cases of members who had good evaluations – developing and skilled all year long, who were taking on leadership roles in their schools, who have increased student achievement, who have a composite evaluation with developing and skilled ratings. So, yes, when these teachers were suddenly told in May that they were going to be recommended for non-reappointment they were indeed blindsided.Before you say to me – David, you know that state law does not require poor evaluations in order to non-reappoint a limited contract teacher. I know. I know. However, when the media came to the CEO regarding the teachers that were being recommended for non-reappointment – here are some of the quotes directly from CEO Gordon:“We have a few people that either can’t or won’t. These are the people that our principals say are not meeting the expectations for our kids.”“At some point if you are not getting the job done, we shouldn’t continue to pay you to do it.”“It’s new for us to evaluate this thoroughly. It’s part of the Cleveland Plan to make sure that we have the right people in front of kids.”So I ask you –Is it a part of the Cleveland Plan to non-reappoint teachers with Skilled evaluations?Is it a part of the Cleveland Plan to non-reappoint teachers with Skilled evaluations who have made a year’s worth of growth with their students in just 5 months?Is it a part of the Cleveland Plan to non-reappoint teachers that were hired in October, November, December and are Developing (where a new teacher should be) or a combination of Developing and Skilled?Is it a part of the Cleveland Plan to non-reappoint teachers that are Developing or a combination of Developing and Skilled who are taking on leadership roles, such as AR Champion or in servicing staff on SLOs (at the request of the principal) or who are accepting students from the local universities to observe their classes?Is it a part of the Cleveland Plan to non-reappoint teachers that start in September, score Developing and Skilled on evaluations, and take over 100 hours in voluntary professional development?Is it a part of the Cleveland Plan to non-reappoint teachers that are described like this by an administrator “His relationship with scholars and teachers resulted in one of the most successful classrooms in the district. I placed some scholars in his classroom knowing that it would be their last chance for success within CMSD.I hope that none of this is a part of the Cleveland Plan. If it is – this should serve as a dangerous warning to all people enrolled in local teacher preparation programs – Come work in Cleveland where we ignore teacher Development and get rid of you simply because we can.I know what you are thinking and what some people are already saying. The teachers union protects bad teachers. David Quolke wants bad teachers teaching kids no matter what the cost. I know that these words are already echoing in city hall, at 1111, and throughout the community. Let me be very clear – THAT IS NOT TRUE. It is a lie. I am furious about these non-reappointments. The officers of the CTU have worked around the clock in hearings for members over the last two weeks. There are good teachers that are doing the things that I want my daughter’s teachers to do. There are good teachers doing the things and the good work that our development and evaluation system ask for. There are good teachers doing what is needed to increase student learning and student achievement. They do not deserve to be recommended to this Board for non-reappointment.So obviously a logical question would be – why are these people being recommended for non-reappointment? I have no answer for you. I can only speculate, but it is certainly a question that must be asked and answered by the people who engineered this massive non-reappointment of good and qualified teachers.I think some people will look at tonight’s Board agenda and see that one of the items is a resolution to approve $400,000 to hire Teach For America teachers. Are these non-reappointments to make room for Teach for America? I will not bash Teach for America. They are our colleagues and once hired work shoulder to shoulder with us trying their very best to educate our students. But the irony of non-reappointing new teachers in order to replace them with Teach for America is that TFA does what the district should be doing – provide mentors and support. That is the actual Developing of a teacher that CMSD has completely abandoned.Great way to recruit and develop a talented work force.Sounds more to me like the beatings will continue until the morale improves. Not a good strategy for real reform.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
If your hospital tells you they want 'cash up front', tell 'em to 'take a hike!'
Some other service providers, such as the travel industry, expect payment upfront, so it’s not unprecedented for the health-care industry to do the same, said Debra Lowe, the hospital’s administrative director of revenue cycle.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
STRS Board Meeting May 15, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
STRS Board Meeting April 24, 2014
1) The STRS Board as fiduciaries had a recent recommendation of their consulting actuary (Segal Co.) to increase the mitigating rate to 5.5% and:2) the study being called for should be conducted by an actuarial firm and the systems for which the mitigating rate is an issue should be consulted (the systems were STRS, OPERS, and SERS). STRS Ohio worked with Rep. Dan Ramos (D_Lorain) to change the language.
a) Medical Mutual Plus and Basic plans will have an increase of deductible and coinsurance for both In-Network and Out-of Network plans as well as two in-network primary care visits at $20. each in the Basic Plan.b) The Aetna Plan will have a reduction of In-Network copay for primary care physician, specialist physician, deductible, out-of pocket limit but the same 4% coinsurance percentage. Aetna will have an increase in Out-of-Network copays for the above physicians, deductibles, out-of-pocket limit, and coinsurance percentage 6%.
a) Continue the Health Care Assistance programs at $0 premium with an increase to the emergency room copayment to $150 from $50 and increase the covered brand-name drug copayment to $20 from $15 at retail, and to $40 from $30 for home delivery.b) Continue Medicare Part B premium reimbursement at 2014 levels for plan years 2015 & 2016.c) Limit Medicare Part B reimbursement to benefit recipients enrolled in an STRS Ohio Medicare plan.d) Discontinue subsidies and Medicare Part B premium reimbursement for individuals who become survivors on or after Jan. 1, 2015.e) Continue the current Delta Dental and Vision Service Plan programs for the next two year period 2015 and 2016.f) Apply the same 2.2% subsidy multiplier used for the Aetna and Medical Mutual plans to the regional plans based solely upon the costs of the regional plans not to exceed the base plan subsidy.
a) Discontinue the Medical Mutual Plus Plan. The Medical Mutual Basic Plan will have an In-Network deductible of $2,500 and out-of- pocket of $4,000.b) Aetna Plan will have the same In-Network reductions as in 2015 except the deductible will be $150 and will also have Skilled Nursing/Home Health Care of 2%. Out-of-Network will be the same as 2015 except that specialist physicians will be $55. and out-of-pocket will be $2,000, coinsurance will be 8%, and Skilled Nursing/ Home Health Care will be 4%.c) Express Scripts will change the maximum allowable amount to the 2016 standard Medicare Part D limitd) Discontinue AultCare, Health Span, and Paramount plans. Now I do not recall any motions or voting on this first peek at proposed changes in our health care program so maybe this first look at HC programs will be subject to change in the future.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
STRSers, don't be afraid to appeal!
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Many who read this will be public servants actively working or retirees....
Thursday, March 20, 2014
STRS Board Meeting March 20, 2014
The new head of the STRS Investment Department, John Morrow reported positive returns of +11.6% estimated for February. All indices were positive and the total fund value was $72.8 billion dollars. The early report for the month of March was volatile especially last week caused by negativity to the Russia/ Ukraine situation. This week shows improvement since the sanctions by the U.S. turned out to be placed on Russian individuals only.