Tennessee Education Association

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TEA honors outstanding teachers, supporters of public education

The Tennessee Education Association presented awards to Tennessee educators and supporters of public education at TEA’s Annual Awards Luncheon this month.

TEA recognized the 2011-12 Distinguished Classroom Teachers. This year’s winners are Mary Brockett (Knox County), Beth Brown (Grundy County), Debbie D’Angelo (Henry County), Nellie Anne Keeton (Tipton County), Allen Nichols (Rutherford County) and Elaine Weaver (Franklin County).                               

Elections of TEA Officers Top the RA Agenda

Hundreds of delegates from local affiliates across Tennessee and student chapters on college campuses are expected to attend the annual business meeting of the Tennessee Education Association set for May 11-12 at the Nashville Convention Center.  

Elections of TEA President, Vice President and NEA Director for Tennessee top the agenda of the TEA Representative Assembly.  Elections will also be held for eight seats on the TEA Board of Directors and several other offices. 

TCRS retired teachers, state employees to receive max. allowable cost of living adjustment

The Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System Board of Trustees announced at its March 30, 2012 meeting that retirees who have been on the TCRS retired payroll for a least 12 consecutive months as of July 1, 2012 will be receiving a three (3%) percent cost-of-living adjustment.  The percentage of COLA is based on the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for the previous calendar year.

Changes to health insurance

TEA received the following updates from the State:

Updated Preferred Drug List

Each quarter the Preferred Drug List (PDL) is updated and posted online. For the second quarter of 2012, a large number of medications will be added to the list (largely generic products) and only one drug will be removed from the PDL effective April 1, 2012.

NEA Early Enrollment - Join now for free

If you or any of your colleagues have never been a member of the National Education Association before, you are eligible to join now without paying any dues until September 2012

Between April 1 and August 31, 2012, the NEA Early Enrollment Membership Incentive Plan offers eligible recruits no-cost access as “Insureds” in the NEA Educators Employment Liability (EEL) Program and access to select NEA Member Benefits programs.