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14 Oct 2020
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The TRTA App is Here! Download it Today!

  • The TRTA mobile app is here!
  • Learn how you can download the app today.
  • Any member who downloads the app by October 31 will be entered in a drawing to win a store gift card worth up to $100.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) to make all state, district, and local meetings and events virtual through the end of 2020, our leadership already was busy exploring technologies that would enhance our members’ experience and attract new supporters.

With the added push to keep members safe, informed, and still able to communicate with one another, the importance of connecting digitally became urgent. Now, TRTA has an app for that!

Introducing a TRTA mobile app could not have come at a better time! Our new app can be used year-round and seamlessly interfaces with current TRTA technologies and databases. The Board of Directors and other officers already have gotten a sneak peek, and many districts unveiled this new tool at their fall conferences. Now, it’s your turn!

How to Download the TRTA App

The app is available on both Android and Apple devices, including cellular phones and tablets, but does not have an interface for computers at this time.

Download the TRTA app to by going to your device’s app store and searching for “TRTA” or by using the links below.

Once you have downloaded the app, you will be asked to sign in using the same credentials you use on the TRTA website.

For most users, your username is your membership ID number and your password is trta123 (all lowercase, no spaces). If you need assistance re-setting your username or password, please contact the membership department at membership@trta.org.

Not a member? Not a problem! The TRTA app is also available for non-members who want to see what TRTA is about before joining. Simply download the app, create a profile, and log in. The TRTA app has something for everyone. When you are ready to join—or renew, in the case of existing members—you can do so directly through the app!

App Features and Highlights

With one app, you will be able to stay connected with your peers and fellow retirees every day! Highlights include:

  • Push Notifications: Never miss a beat by receiving push notifications (similar to text messages) directly to your phone
  • Forums: Discuss TRTA-related or lifestyle topics and stay connected with fellow retirees in this increasingly disconnected time
  • Resources: Access the library to download membership forms and documents that every member needs
  • News Feed: Read and comment on the most current Inside Line and learn about legislation that might affect you
  • Directory: Find other app users you can network with, regardless of your geographic location
  • Events: Explore the calendar of upcoming (virtual) TRTA events
  • Contests: Participate in contests and prize drawings; get started today to increase your chances of winning!

Don’t forget: Any member who downloads the app by October 31 will be entered in a drawing to win a store gift card varying in amount from $15 to $100. More than 50 prizes are available, and anyone who has already downloaded the app is entered automatically! See the TRTA website for more details.

Thank You!

Thank you for being a member of TRTA and supporting issues that affect retired Texas public school personnel. If you’re not a member already, join us today.

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13 Oct 2020
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Early Voting Begins Today!

As the General Election approaches, the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is your one-stop shop for voting safely and finding non-partisan information on how, when, and where to cast your vote.

Mark Your Calendars!

• October 23, 2020 — Vote by mail application due
• October 13-30, 2020 — Early voting period
• November 3, 2020 • 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. — Election Day

It’s Time to Complete Your Voting Plan! 

If you plan to vote by mail, the U.S. Postal Service advises that you mail your ballot by October 19, though you may still request a ballot through October 23. Counties also offer drop-off locations where you can turn in your ballot if you do not want to send it via postal mail.

Where to Vote Early

In-person early voting begins today (October 13) and continues through October 30. If you plan to vote in person, please follow all safety guidelines.

The Texas Secretary of State website lists early voting locations. You can find yours by entering your Texas driver’s license number and date of birth here.

Most counties have early voting sites listed on their website. Click here for the list of county websites.

Why Do You Vote?

If you want to have some fun and encourage other educators to vote, our partners in Texas Educators Vote (TEV) have a fun activity for you to consider.

Click here to view the TEV Why Do You Vote activity.

Additionally, TEV has designated October 19 as Educator Voting Day to highlight the importance of voting for all students and educators in our public schools. Help us spread the message to all the educators in your area. GO VOTE!

Making Your Decision

As you make your choices about your elected leaders, remember that 2020 is the first election without straight party voting. You will need to review your entire ballot and choose the candidate you support for each position. You can view your ballot online here, along with candidates’ answers to survey questions posed by the League of Women voters.

The Inside Line will continue to share resources each week on how, when, and where to vote.

Thank You!

Thank you for being a member of TRTA and supporting issues that affect retired Texas public school personnel. If you’re not a member already, join us today. We hope all of our members are doing well and making their voting plans now! Please stay safe, and either vote by mail or make a plan to vote during the early voting period and avoid long lines and big crowds. Stay tuned to the Inside Line for additional information as we get closer to the election.

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07 Oct 2020
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October is Voter Education Month!

The General Election will occur on Nov. 3. For eligible voters, Oct. 23 is the deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot. For in-person voters, the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is encouraging its members to follow all safety guidelines. Additionally, it’s recommended that members vote early to avoid long lines.

Mark Your Calendars!

• October 23, 2020 — Vote by mail application due
• October 13-30, 2020 — Early Voting
• November 3, 2020 • 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. — Election Day

Candidate Research Resources

In a presidential year, all eyes are on the top of the ticket, but down ballot elections really matter for the TRTA legislative agenda. TRTA hosted two town hall meetings via Zoom last week. One meeting was with U.S. Senator John Cornyn. The other meeting was with MJ Hegar, who is running for Cornyn’s seat.

TRTA is urging its members to research down the ballot candidates. The state races are of particular importance, as the Texas Legislature is responsible for making decisions about the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) pension plan and TRS-Care. The best way to research candidates is to talk to your friends and colleagues and/or ask the candidates themselves and go to their websites and social media pages.

Texas League of Women Voters Guide / Vote 411

The voter’s guide provides information on statewide candidates from President to a State Board of Education. Vote411.org is personalized to your location and shows you the candidates on your ballot by your address. There are also some videos of candidate forums conducted in various districts across the state on this site.

Teachthevote.org

This page includes surveys, voting records, and other candidate information regarding public education and TRS issues for all state House and Senate races in Texas, as well as a State Board of Education. This resource is strictly related to Texas public education issues.

Raise Your Hand Texas

Raise Your Hand Texas is sponsoring some candidate forums around the state, go here to find one near you. These will be focused on public education issues and funding.

Making Your Decision

As you make your choices about your elected leaders, we hope these non-partisan resources are helpful and insightful. TRTA encourages you to include our legislative priorities and strengthening Texas public education system for our children as major factors in your decision-making process.

The Inside Line will continue to share resources each week on how, when, and where to vote.

Thank You!

Thank you for being a member of TRTA and supporting issues that affect retired Texas public school personnel. If you’re not a member already, join us today. We hope all of our members are doing well and making their voting plans now! Please stay safe, and either vote by mail or make a plan to vote during the early voting period and avoid long lines and big crowds. Stay tuned to the Inside Line for additional information as we get closer to the election.

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