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CEA to Stop & Shop Workers: Teachers Stand with You

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CEA staff and leaders join striking Stop & Shop workers in Elmwood in a show of solidarity and support. 

As the Stop & Shop strike continues with no deal reached on protecting employee wages, health benefits, and pensions, CEA staff, leaders, and members are joining picket lines across the state to show that teachers stand in solidarity with striking workers.

Yesterday nearly a dozen CEA leaders and staff walked with picketers outside the Stop & Shop supermarket in West Hartford’s Elmwood section, holding signs that read “Teachers Stand With You.” They thanked customers for honoring the picket line and supporting their community supermarket employees in their bargaining efforts.

“We are here with Stop & Shop employees until they get a fair wage and a fair contract,” said CEA President Jeff Leake, who has joined strikers at various locations.

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Join the Sound Tigers for the 2019 Playoffs

sound-tigers-goalieLooking for something to do this weekend? The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are headed to the playoffs, and CEA members can attend with one of two great ticket packages.

The Sound Tigers are playing THIS Friday and Saturday Night at 7 p.m. against the Hershey Bears in Round 1 of the playoffs.  They’re offering CEA members a special ticket and T-shirt package OR a ticket, food, and beverage package. You can also buy your tickets online. Discounted tickets are available for just $12.

Danbury’s #RedforEd Campaign Targets Education Budget

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Danbury teachers are the latest to join the growing national #RedforEd movement.

A budget that continues to shortchange students was the catalyst for Danbury teachers to pull on their #RedforEd T-shirts and kick off their spring break at a public hearing.

Last night, dozens of teachers urged city council members to approve the budget as recommended by the Danbury Board of Education, rather than a proposal that would slash education funding in a city that’s already underfunded.

“We have been asking teachers to do the impossible—to go it alone, without the support of their city leaders,” said Danbury Education Association President Erin Daly, who asked the city council to fully fund the Board of Education budget and reject a new proposal from the mayor that cuts funding. Calling the plan “an insult to our community,” Daly said it “ignores the growing needs of our student population.” Read more

Teaching Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed to politics, military, medicine, aviation, entertainment, sports, and much more in the United States.

May is Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which offers a great opportunity to celebrate Asian Americans’ and Pacific Islanders’ heritage and contributions with these lessons and activities.

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Teachers Support Striking Stop & Shop Workers

Enfield Teachers’ Association members brought breakfast to striking workers at the Enfield Stop & Shop this morning.

CEA members around Connecticut have been showing their support for striking Stop & Shop workers. Enfield Teachers’ Association members delivered coffee, donuts, danish, fruit, granola bars, and water to union workers at the Enfield Stop & Shop this morning.

Please join them, and do NOT cross the picket line. Click here for a list of union grocery stores in Connecticut.

You can also support striking workers by texting “support” to 698329.

CEA leaders and staff visited a Stop & Shop in Hartford today to hand out snacks and show their support for striking workers.

Support Stop & Shop Workers

31,000 workers at Stop & Shops across Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island have gone on strike.

Management at Stop & Shop presented their “final offer” to their workers, which included significant cuts to healthcare, massive increases (over 100% in some cases) to workers’ health care premiums, and replacing wage increases with so-called bonuses. All in all, this represents a massive step backwards with many workers facing reduced weekly earnings if they agreed to their “final offer”.

On top of this, Stop & Shop’s parent company reported over $2 billion in profits last year. This is not the time to ask for concessions. Rather, this is a time to invest in the workers who have made Stop & Shop so successful and profitable. Read more

Promoting Physical Fitness

Get active, stay fit and have fun doing it with sports, games, and activities described in the following lesson plans and resources.

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Enter to Win a Music & Arts Grant for Your School

Numerous studies have found that sharing a love of the arts enhances students’ brain development, creativity, and classroom involvement—and music and art curriculum has been shown to reduce students’ disciplinary issues and dropout rates.

Unfortunately, arts education at many schools has been reduced or eliminated because of budget cuts.

The California Casualty Music & Arts Grant was established to provide support for music and arts education in K-12 public schools. As a member of CEA, you can apply for a $250 grant for a music or art need at your school.

Keep the creativity flowing—apply today at CalCasMusicArtsGrant.com. It’s easy!

Madison Teachers Fortunate to Have Mary Rao in Their Corner

Madison teacher Mary Rao knows just how important a strong union is because, when she began her career in Fairfax County, Virginia things were very different than here in Connecticut. “I don’t remember meeting anyone from the union. I belonged to our union, but the union couldn’t do much because we had few rights. When I started teaching in Madison, Connecticut it was so nice to meet our union leaders and learn how our union was there to help teachers in need. I didn’t understand how strong and supportive a union could be until I came to Connecticut.”

After her third year teaching in Madison the Brown Middle School math and science teacher went to a contract ratification meeting and asked how she could get more involved. Someone suggested she become a building rep and, nearly 20 years later, she’s still a building rep and also serves on the union’s executive board.

“We are all the union—some members forget that and I have to remind them: you are the union,” says Rao. Read more

Connecticut Receives $100 Million Donation to Serve Disengaged Youth

Surrounded by hundreds of East Hartford High School students, Governor Lamont today announced that Dalio Philanthropies has committed $100 million to strengthening public education and promoting greater economic opportunity in Connecticut that will, over five years, be matched by $100 million from the state and $100 million from other philanthropists and business leaders.

Governor Lamont addressed the hundreds of high school students and many visitors assembled at East Hartford High School this morning to hear his announcement.

“If you believe in the future of Connecticut, you invest in the future of Connecticut, and we invest in each and every one of you,” Governor Lamont told the high school students. “You’ve got an amazing building, you’ve got a great principal, you’ve got some of the greatest teachers in the world right here at East Hartford High. Let’s give a hand for the teachers. They work their hearts out every day.”

“I’ve been lucky in my life to be able to live the American Dream,” said Ray Dalio, who came from a middle-class background to found of one of the world’s largest hedge funds. “And what it means most fundamentally is equal opportunity, and most fundamentally equal opportunity in education. When you think, what is the best investment you can make, it has to be in the children’s education and the teachers.”

The partnership between the state and Dalio Philanthropies aims to benefit residents of Connecticut’s under-resourced communities, with a specific focus on communities where there is both a high poverty rate and a high concentration of youth (14-24) who are showing signs of disengagement or disconnection from high school. It will work with local stakeholders to ensure that community voice and input shape programming design and help advance positive outcomes as quickly and sustainably as possible. Read more