Retirees give students a GO
After retiring, Marty Kaminsky, a member of NYSUT’s Retiree Council 45, wanted to continue to serve his community. So he founded Golden Opportunity (GO), an organization that pairs retired teachers with struggling elementary school students for one-on-one tutoring twice a week. GO students have achieved measurable gains in reading, writing and math. The program’s unique structure, which allows students and their tutors to stay together for the child’s entire elementary school career, makes it a big hit with students, parents, teachers and tutors. [Photo by DaveBurbankPhotography.com]
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Supercommittee fails; Congress punts: What’s next?
As both chambers of Congress reconvene, the two-month extension on the payroll tax "holiday," unemployment benefits and Medicare payments for doctors again will come under scrutiny. And there’s bound to be a political battle about the automatic cuts, which will be made beginning next year. Not coming to any agreement may seem like the best-case scenario because Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid are excluded from automatic cuts. But if Congress and the administration try to avoid the $1.2 trillion automatic sequestration by rewriting existing law, they again could place these programs in jeopardy.
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A blueprint for retirement security
The AFT’s ad hoc committee on revenues and retirement security recently produced a report, "Strengthening Retirement Security and Building a Better America," which the AFT executive council adopted in 2011 as a blueprint for bolstering public pensions and improving retirement security for all.
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Judy Morgan: A strong voice for her constituents
When members of the Missouri House of Representatives converged on Jefferson City this month for the new legislative session, AFT retiree Judy Morgan was among the crowd. As the new kid on the legislative block, she was eager to begin. [Photo by Don Ipock]
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Top 10 scams targeting seniors
The National Council on Aging says that financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent they’re now considered "the crime of the 21st century." NCOA says the scams, which frequently go unreported, often are committed by family members. Check out the council’s list to learn how to avoid falling victim to a scam.