Tribpedia: Teacher Retirement System

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The Teacher Retirement System is responsible for investing the funds for the purpose of providing retirement and health benefits to public school employees in Texas. The fund is sustained by contributions from members, matching state funds and investment revenue.

TRS was created by the Legislature in 1937 in response to the demands of teachers represented by groups such as the ...

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Picture of one of millions of letters sent you by the Comptroller's office after it was discovered that the personal information of more than three million people was left unprotected for a year.
Picture of one of millions of letters sent you by the Comptroller's office after it was discovered that the personal information of more than three million people was left unprotected for a year.

Comptroller Offers Help After Data Mishap

Letters from the Texas Comptroller went out late last week, notifying people in the Teacher Retirement SystemTexas Workforce Commission and Employees Retirement System that social security numbers, birth dates and other sensitive data for about 3.2 million Texans had been exposed on a public server. The demand for answers to how this happened has only begun. 

Texplainer: Can Wisconsin Happen Here?

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Gov. Scott Walker should come to Texas, where much of what he’s seeking already exists. The right to bargain collectively isn’t allowed among state employees, and no public employee in Texas may legally go on strike. 

Lawmakers Mull Reductions to Pension Plans

As Texas lawmakers look to slash billions in state spending, pension plans have become fair game. Mose Buchele of KUT News reports on a legislative proposal to decrease state contributions to two retirement plans that collectively serve hundreds of thousands of Texans.

Republican Rick Perry and Democrat Bill White
Republican Rick Perry and Democrat Bill White

White: Perry Friends Profited from TRS Deals

Top appointees and employees at the state Teacher Retirement System overrode staff recommendations in order to hire political cronies and business associates for investment work there, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White charged Tuesday. A spokesman for Gov. Rick Perry's campaign says White is "throwing everything at the wall to see what will stick."

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of Nov 23, 2009

Ramsey and others on Bill White and the changing state of the race for governor; Thevenot's two-parter on what Dallas churches are doing to combat social ills and racial division; Ramshaw on the use of force by school district police departments (and why parents don't know about it); Grissom's two-parter, abetted by Stiles, on unregulated payday lenders; Aguilar on Mexican immigrants who play against type; and Rapoport on those missing extra checks for retired public employees. The best of the best from November 21 to 25, 2009.

Public Employees Won't Get Expected Bonuses

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Sorry, retired teachers and other public employees: You'll have to do without that extra $500 you were expecting. And you shouldn't count on any additional benefits next year — not if the state pension fund continues to be, in the words on one state senator, "actuarially unsound."