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Working People Rally to Protect Their Freedom to Negotiate Together

Untitled design(3)On Monday, February 26, at 12:00 p.m., working people will hold simultaneous rallies in four cities across Connecticut to stand up for their freedom to come together and fight for decent and equitable pay, affordable health care, quality schools, and vibrant communities. They will join thousands of workers across the country who will be taking action over the weekend and into the week.

Workers are taking action on the 26th as oral arguments begin before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case called Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. Wealthy special interests, backed by the Trump Administration, want the Supreme Court to rig the economy even more in their favor with the Janus case. The corporate CEOs and wealthy special interests behind this case simply do not believe that working people should have the same freedoms and opportunities as they do. Read more

Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on Arming Teachers to Prevent School Violence

The Connecticut Education Association does not endorse the idea that teachers should bring guns into the classroom.

Teachers must focus on educating students. Asking teachers to be armed, paramilitary operatives as a result of the inability of Congress to pass gun violence prevention legislation is madness. We place enough mandates on our teachers—Congress needs to take action to keep our schools safe.

After the 2012 tragedy at Sandy Hook, Connecticut passed historic gun, mental health and school safety laws—some of the toughest in the nation—to help keep our children, our families, our schools, and our communities safe from gun violence. Republicans and Democrats worked together.

Congress must take action to protect all students in every school in America.

CEA is helping to coordinate school activities and early-morning Walk-Ins For Safe Schools on Thursday, March 14. School communities can stand in solidarity, and walk-in to school together to support the changes needed to make every school and every child safe.

Education and Student Leaders to Lawmakers: Help Us Take Back Our Schools

CEA President Sheila Cohen today joined East Hartford students, the CT Association of Boards of Education, and the CT Association of Public School Superintendents to demand action on school safety.

CEA joined with the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) and the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) in a press conference at East Hartford High School this morning demanding meaningful legislative action on school safety, including stricter gun laws and greater investment in mental health and counseling services.

The press conference comes one week after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that claimed the lives of 17 students, teachers, and coaches. Frustrated by the lack of progress on school safety, the three groups called on politicians to follow Connecticut’s lead in the wake of Newtown, when it passed historic gun and school safety laws.

“When the unimaginable happened here in Connecticut, and 26 students and educators were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we were shocked,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “We were devastated. We never imagined it would happen here. And we said enough.Read more

Connecticut Teachers Honor Educators, Students Killed in School Shooting

Handmade posters celebrated the heroism and sacrifice of teacher Scott Beigel and the tragic loss of 16 others in last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

High school teacher Scott Beigel left this earth the way he had lived his life: looking out for the young people in his care.

The camp-counselor-turned-teacher was one of 17 victims in the high-profile shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week.

“All teachers I know are horrified that, once again, school classrooms and hallways have been killing fields,” said Mary Kay Rendock, a teacher at Carmen Arace Intermediate School in Bloomfield, Connecticut. “I am in tears thinking of the terror those teachers felt as they shielded, hid, and protected their students, and as some paid with their lives.” Read more

Women’s History Month for the Classroom

The March 2018 Theme for National Women’s History Month is “Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.”

Examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions in the following lessons and activities.

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These Members Won a CEA Swag Bag – and So Can You

This month, all members who subscribe to BlogCEA are being entered for a daily chance to win a CEA swag bag. The BlogCEA bag contains a flash drive, cell phone pocket, clip, and more.

For your chance to win, just click here and subscribe today.

Winners for the first part of February are Read more

Five February Deals for CEA Members

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and we have some sweet deals for you!

We’re introducing our newest CEA Member Benefits partner, Nelson Hall in Cheshire, where CEA members pay only $28 for any seat, any event! Read more

CEA Spearheads Bold Reforms Along With Other CT Labor Unions

Don Williams, Commission Fiscal Sustainability

CEA Executive Director Donald Williams (from right) presented with fellow labor leaders Lori Pelletier, president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, Sal Luciano, executive director of Council 4 AFSCME, and Attorney Daniel Livingston, chief negotiator for the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) to the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth.

Connecticut must take the high road and not attack the middle class was the message labor leaders gave today in testimony before the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth.

“We need bold tax reforms that help grow the state’s economy and ensure that Connecticut remains a great place to live, work, and raise a family,” said CEA Executive Director Donald Williams. “A cornerstone for Connecticut’s future stability and growth is a stable and predictable revenue stream. Connecticut has one of the best school systems in the country, but there are still pockets of significant need and inequality, and we need the resources to support all of our schools and students. Our state needs stable and reliable revenue to support critical state services, and a quality education for our children.” Read more

Seeking Nominations for New CEA Award

Do you know someone who has dedicated his or her life to supporting students, made outstanding contributions to the improvement of the teaching profession, and promoted excellence in public education?

We’re seeking nominations for a new CEA award named in honor of the late Clifford Silvers, a tireless advocate for teachers rights and excellence in public education. Silvers, who passed away in 2017, was a longtime CEA UniServ Rep, manager, and labor arbitrator.

CEA’s Clifford Silvers Education Advocacy Award will be presented to a group or individual member of the education community at the CEA Representative Assembly in May.

The deadline for entering is February 23.

Click here for more information and to complete a nomination application. 

Register for the CEA New Teacher Conference, March 24

Those first years in a classroom are some of the most exciting and memorable in a teacher’s career—as well as the most challenging.

CEA’s annual conference for new teachers is an opportunity for early-career educators to trade insights and advice with one another as well as learn from veteran teachers about everything from managing behavior, administrators, and debt to supporting introverts, struggling readers, and students from diverse backgrounds.

Appropriate for all early-career teachers (through six years’ experience), this year’s conference takes place Saturday, March 24, at the Heritage Hotel and Conference Center in Southbury.

Click here for more information and to register.