Money for Your Classroom or College Courses? Grant & Scholarship Applications Soon

There are two grant opportunities for FCEA teachers that offer funding for classroom supplies or tuition fees.

With the FCEA Classroom Grants, five teachers have the chance to win $250 based on a classroom need or proposed program — and the winners are the sole owners of any purchases made with the funds, regardless of moving schools or leaving Fayette Co. Click on FCEA Classroom Grant Application 2015 – 2016 to download the form.dollars

The American Education Week Scholarship is the other funding opportunity. It is one $500 scholarship to be applied toward a Master’s or Rank I degree. Click on the AEW Scholarship form to download.

If you plan on applying for one of the Classroom Grants for $250.00, those applications are due November 13.

Action Needed: Retirees Face Dramatic Medicare Increase

From KEA President Stephanie Winkler:

Absent Congressional action, millions of seniors-including educators already unfairly impacted by GPO/WEP Social Security offset penalties-will face a 52 percent increase in Medicare Part B premiums. Most other Social Security beneficiaries will be held harmless from the premium increase. NEA is working with labor and retirement security allies to extend the same financial protection to public servants currently hurt by the GPO/WEP penalties.

You can help by urging Congress to support S. 2148 by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and H.R. 3696 by Representative Dina Titus (R-NV), which would extend the hold harmless provision to all Medicare beneficiaries. take-action

Please Call Your Senators and Representative

Senator Mitch McConnell: 502-582-6304

Senator Rand Paul: 270-782-8303

Kentucky Members of Congress:
District 1: Ed Whitfield: (202) 225-3115
District 2: Brett Guthrie: (202) 225-3501
District 3: John Yarmuth: (202) 225-5401
District 4 : Thomas Massie: (202) 225-3465
District 5: Harold Rogers: (202) 225-4601
District 6: Andy Barr: (202) 225-4706

Please call your US Senators and your US Congressman and let them know that Kentucky’s Retired Teachers are already exempted from Social Security and they certainly can’t afford to pay additional taxes on their Medicare when they reach eligibility!

Save the Date: Winter Gathering 2015


Fellowship, food, and fun are a special part of the Winter Gathering. Please join us December 10 from 6:00-8:00 at Central Baptist Church, 110 Wilson Downing Rd., Lexington.

This event is also a chance to help a child by bringing a toy donation for Toys for Tots. Just pick up that extra present while you’re out shopping the Black Friday sales!

Day: December 10

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: Central Baptist Church

Pension Update: Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System

An FCEA member shows her support for stabilizing KTRS Pensions.

A FCEA member shows her support for stabilizing KTRS Pensions.

This past week, KEA President, Stephanie Winkler, addressed the Kentucky Pension Oversight Board about how pension funding is the first legislative priority for our organization.

In addition, KEA retired members — many of them former FCPS staff — have continued their treks to Frankfort for the Governor’s KTRS Task Force Meetings.They, along with FCEA President Jessica Hiler, are putting a huge amount of time and energy into making sure task force members know that teachers are watching what happens.

There are two more Task Force meetings left on
November 16 and December 1. Let’s #ClosetheGap!

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