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STRS-- Governor signs Pension Bill


The State Teachers Retirement System reports the following: "On Sept. 26, Governor Kasich signed STRS Ohio's pension reform bill into law. The Ohio Legislature passed pension reform bills on Sept. 12, to improve the financial condition of all five Ohio pension systems, including the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS Ohio). The STRS Ohio bill, Substitute Senate Bill 342, was based on the reform plan approved unanimously by the State Teachers Retirement Board on April 19, 2012. The bill will go into effect Jan. 7, 2013, but most of STRS Ohio's plan changes will take effect July 1, 2013, or later." See the STRS website for the most up-to date information:


With the passage of House Bill 1, new background check requirements have been enacted for licensed educators in Ohio. Initial applicants for a license must complete both BCI and FBI criminal background checks. These checks need to be less than 365 days old to be considered valid for licensing purposes.

Educators who are renewing a license or permit and have lived continuously in the State of Ohio for the previous five years, and have a BCI background check on file with ODE, will need to complete only an FBI criminal background check once every five years. Currently, they must complete both BCI and FBI checks whenever they renew. Educators who have not lived continuously in the state for the past five years will need to complete both a BCI and FBI background check. Click here to read more...