From left are panelists Darlene Perez, Administrator of the Teachers' Retirement Board; Robyn Kaplan-Cho, CEA Program Development Specialist; and Clare Barnett, Chair of the Teachers' Retirement Board.
CEA's Program Development Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho, who moderated the panel, said that CEA members need to thank the governor and legislature for including the full pension and retiree healthcare appropriations in the budget.
added that she
wanted to acknowledge Darlene Perez for all of her
hard work on behalf of Connecticut's teachers.
A retired teacher in the audience agreed that kudos are necessary, speaking highly of the assistance she
received from a Teachers' Retirement System employee who resolved an issue with her
pension check on the Friday before a long weekend.
is cautiously optimistic about the possibility of a repeal.
There is increasing support in Washington, D.C. for repealing GPO/WEP, but it's a complicated issue and the economy remains challenging.
Most of Connecticut's U.S.
representatives and senators have supported repealing GPO/WEP, but Kaplan-Cho
reminded retirees that it's "very important to share your personal stories about how youâ€™ve been impacted by GPO/WEP.