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Act Now: Tell Legislators to Rollback the 1% Teacher Tax

It’s time to roll back the 1 percent teacher tax increase.

The legislature is currently considering action on a budget bill, and we have two weeks left in the legislative session to fight for a roll back of the teacher tax from 7 to 6 percent.

Now is the time to call your legislators and ask them to pass HB 5430, An Act Concerning Teachers’ Retirement Commission Contributions.

Because of the many emails and phone calls legislators received from teachers, HB 5430 was passed out of committee. We must keep the pressure up.

Rolling back this unfair increase will require votes in the House and the Senate before midnight May 9. Your legislators and legislative leaders need to hear from you in order to make this happen.

Click here to email your legislators and tell them to roll back the teacher tax and pass HB 5430.

Click here to email legislative leaders and urge them to call for a vote on HB 5430.

Teachers Run Statewide Relay in Support of Safe Schools

As students around the country marked the 19th anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School on April 20, teachers in Connecticut sent a clear message that they, too, are pushing for stronger congressional action on gun violence in classrooms.

Representing all eight counties in Connecticut, dozens of teachers took part in a statewide relay race to the State Capitol—Running for Our Lives—to build on the momentum of a student-led movement demanding action for safer schools. Educators came from every part of the state, wearing colors they chose to represent their counties.

Runners wear a rainbow of colors to represent the counties where they teach.

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For English Learner Turned Ivy-Leaguer, Public School Teachers Made the Difference

On the morning of their promotion to middle school, fifth-grade girls from the Walsh School in Waterbury had a special visitor.

Sharing her story as an immigrant and English learner, Georbina DaRosa answers questions from fifth-grade girls at Waterbury’s Walsh Elementary.

About to embark on a promotion of her own—starting on her master’s degree at an Ivy League school—Georbina DaRosa had also once been a fifth-grader at Walsh, back in 2006. Like many of the girls she would now be speaking to, she had struggled as a child and faced incredible odds. With help from her teachers, she beat the odds and dispelled many myths—about immigrants, about ethnic minorities and females, and about public schools—every step of the way. Read more

CEA Helps Schoolchildren and Families Receive Free Dental Care

CEA partnered with the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach this year to get the message out about a no-cost clinic at Torrington High School April 20-21. Now in its 12th year, the Connecticut Mission of Mercy (CTMOM) clinic provides free dental care to those who are underserved or uninsured.

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Holding English- and Spanish-language flyers distributed by CEA, Ana Francisca Flores and her seven-year-old son, Rosbin Osvaldo Flores, made the trip from Bridgeport so that Rosbin could get fillings—an expense many families cannot afford.

Julie Eagan, who came with her 15-year-old son, Jonathan, learned about the clinic through flyers posted at Torrington Middle School. CEA distributed hundreds of flyers to teachers and schools administrators in the hopes that families in need of services would know that there are no-cost options available. The CTMOM free dental clinic offers people of all ages a wide range of oral healthcare, including cleanings, fillings, extractions, X-rays, fluoride treatments, sealants, root canals, limited partial dentures, and general health screenings.

“The cost of dental care leaves many unable to afford it,” said Torrington Education Association President Mary Juliano. “The dental clinic provides an invaluable charitable service to the residents of Connecticut, especially those in the northwest corner. To be able to come to Torrington High School and receive a dental cleaning free of charge is wonderful, and it is my hope that many adults and children will take advantage of the opportunity.” Read more

Stay Safe from Identity Thieves

img_id-theftThe latest data breach making headlines—affecting five million Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue customers—is a powerful reminder that identity theft is a real and constant threat.

CEA-endorsed USI Insurance has personal risk specialists to help you safeguard your personal information. They’ve put together a checklist of practical steps to protect yourself against everything from phishing scams to hotel Wi-Fi hackers.

Come to Member Appreciation Days at the Hartford Yard Goats!

Screen Shot 2018-04-18 at 3.57.12 PM.pngBaseball season is in full swing. Save on tickets to CEA Member Appreciation Days at the Hartford Yard Goats. Hurry—games sell out fast!

Back by popular demand, the Hartford Yard Goats are holding three CEA Teacher Appreciation Days this baseball season—Saturday, May 5Friday, July 27; and Friday, August 24—with discounted tickets and fireworks after each game.

The last day to buy tickets to the May 5 game is April 21—so don’t wait! Read more

The Impact of Complex Trauma in Schools

2018-04-17_15-36-24In this timely workshop just for CEA members and presented by CEA’s Human and Civil Rights Commission, you will learn

  • the definition of complex trauma,
  • how it manifests in school-age children,
  • its impact on learning, behavior, and social-emotional functioning,
  • how a trauma-sensitive environment can help, and
  • what strategies you can use in your classroom.

Click here to register. Read more

Teacher Discounts at Cirque du Soleil, Stars on Ice

Don’t miss Stars on Ice, April 22, at the XL Center in Hartford, where CEA members save $10 per ticket! The best of U.S. Olympic skating will be coming to you direct from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in an all-new Stars on Ice show, featuring America’s top medal contenders. (This offer is valid on select seating and ends April 19 at 5 p.m. Use promo code SGFRIEND at 1-877-522-8499 or click here to order online. )

Also, Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo is back, and CEA members save on tickets! Choose from seven spectacular performances, July 18-22, at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. Orders must be placed by July 1.

Planning for the Future: Pension Issues for Early Career Teachers

You may be years away from retirement, but it’s never too early to start planning. This workshop provides an overview of the Connecticut Teachers’ Retirement System with a particular emphasis on issues of interest to teachers in the early phase of their career (less than 15 years of service), although all CEA members are welcome.

Come and hear from CEA Retirement Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho to gather the information you need to answer the following questions (and more):

    • How does the retirement system work?
    • Can I get retirement credit for other work that I’ve done?
    • What happens if I decide to work part-time or take a leave of absence?
    • What are my options if I decide to leave teaching?
    • How long do I have to work to collect a pension?
    • I have heard that my Social Security benefits may be affected. Is that true?

Click here to register. Read more

Bringing Poetry to the Classroom

April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate with these lessons, activities, and video/audio readings.

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