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California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA)

CalRTA’s mission is to protect and advocate for retired and active educators’ pensions and other retirement benefits, and to support education in our communities.

CalRTA began in 1929 as the country struggled through the Great Depression. A small group of teachers banded together to fight for better pensions for colleagues who were living in poverty after a lifetime of teaching. In 1929, a retired schoolteacher received a maximum of just $500 a year in pension benefits. Laura E. Settle, CalRTA’s founder and president until 1945, drove the dusty highways of the state to help organize teachers in a common cause. All were welcome to join for the annual dues of $1. After several years, CalRTA made its first major breakthrough in 1934, when pensions were finally boosted.

CalRTA today is a multi-faceted organization. Its members provide a backbone of volunteer service that keeps local communities strong. Members contribute nearly 2.7 million hours of volunteer service annually. Today, CalRTA is one of the nation’s largest retired teacher organizations with more than 50,000 members in 87 local divisions (similar to chapters) throughout the state.

Website
http://calrta.org/

Impact

Laura E. Settle was the founder and first president of the California Retired Teachers Association. The Laura E. Settle scholarship is awarded to a senior or graduate student in the Department of Teacher Education who possesses exemplary character and high scholastic standing.

Mabel Outler was a Long Beach teacher who left her estate to the California Retired Teachers Association in order to sponsor scholarships in perpetuity. These scholarships in her memory are awarded to students who are preparing to teach elementary school and have an interest in serving the educational needs of economically deprived students.

Scholarships
California Retired Teachers Association – Mabel Outler Scholarship
California Retired Teachers Association – Laura E. Settle Scholarship