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Ohio Retirement for Teachers Association

Fighting for Ohio's teachers since 1947!

ORTA advocates for the pensions and benefits of Ohio's active and retired educators; demands accountability from the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio; and lobbies Ohio's legislators to provide a strong and sustainable retirement system for all Ohio educators, Pre-K through higher education. We rely on membership dues to continue our work.

ORTA Chapter of the Month

Licking County is the home of Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve and the Licking County Retired Teachers Association. "Our affiliation with ORTA strengthens our voice.  Because of information available to them, many of our members are politically active regarding STRS benefits and any legislation affecting them." 

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Ohio's teachers are under attack.

On the morning of the STRS Ohio Board meeting on May 15, Ohio AG Dave Yost filed a lawsuit to remove two state teachers' pension board members, saying they breached their fiduciary duty to protect the pension fund.

Yost is basing this charge on a "14 page anonymous memo" sent to Gov. Mike DeWine by STRS Ohio staff. Among other accusations is the charge that the election of reform-minded Board members in the past six elections is a "hostile takeover" of STRS Ohio.

The arrogance of STRS staff to characterize the election of reformers in the past six elections as a "hostile takeover" says it all. They think the pension system belongs to them, not the membership.

In this country, fair and democratic elections are the foundation on which our institutions are held accountable. Ultimately, Ohio law vests the administration of STRS to the board, not to the staff.

This is not a hostile takeover, it is a teacher takeover through fair and free elections.

Please donate today to help support our democratically elected reformers and ensure their ability to bring about real change at STRS.

Every dollar will be critical in this fight!

"The mention of $65 billion dollars is patently false."


ORTA advocates for the pensions and benefits of Ohio's educators, demands accountability from STRS Ohio, and lobbies Ohio's legislators to provide a strong and sustainable retirement system. We rely on membership dues to continue our work.

Get out of the way, politicians. Let the teachers have their say!

It happened like clockwork, but one year apart.


Right before an election outcome is announced for a seat on Ohio’s teacher pension board, Governor DeWine swoops in with a big, chaotic announcement.


Read David Pepper's full report on the mess at STRS. 

AMBA Webinars 2024

ORTA has partnered with AMBA to offer a series of short webinars about important topics like long term care, Medicare, medical transportation, and more. The talks are educational and informative. Retirees often tell us that they are thankful for the overview and knowledge they gain. Join us for the next one, and invite a friend! 

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ORTA AMBA webinars
  • April: Emergency Transportaion Issues in Ohio

  • May: Preparing for Summer - Discounts

  • June: All About Your Dental and Vision Plans

  • July: All About Long Term Care

  • August: Protecting Your Nest Egg

  • September: Life 101

  • October: The Basics of Medicare

  • November: All About Long Term Care

  • December: Holiday Discounts for ORTA members

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