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Teachers Share Input on Teacher Evaluation, Common Core & More

Teachers are making their voices heard—talking to legislators and offering input on implementation of new federal education law. CEA County Forums around the state offer teachers an opportunity to meet CEA-endorsed candidates for elected office and share important information about what is going on in their classrooms.

Watch what teachers and legislators are saying about the forums and why you should attend. Then click here to register for an upcoming forum.

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NAACP Approves Charter School Moratorium Resolution, Calls for Transparency & Accountability

Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, electrified the crowd during a visit to New Britain earlier this fall.

Rev. Dr. William Barber, who visited New Britain earlier this fall, is a member of the NAACP National Board of Directors that approved the charter school moratorium resolution this weekend.

The NAACP this weekend ratified a resolution calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion. The organization sees significant problems with the lack of oversight and accountability of many charter schools and fears some charters are intensifying segregation.

A statement from the organization reads as follows.

We are calling for a moratorium on the expansion of the charter schools at least until such time as:

  1. Charter schools are subject to the same transparency and accountability standards as public schools
  2. Public funds are not diverted to charter schools at the expense of the public school system
  3. Charter schools cease expelling students that public schools have a duty to educate and
  4. Cease to perpetuate de facto segregation of the highest performing children from those whose aspirations may be high but whose talents are not yet as obvious.

Read more from The Washington Post here.

Teachers on Why You Need to Attend a CEA County Forum

It’s your opportunity to help improve education policy in Connecticut: Don’t miss out.

Litchfield teachers were the first to take part in a CEA County Forum this fall, and they had a lot to say about how the Every Students Succeeds Act should be implemented in Connecticut. Teachers’ input is invaluable in determining how the new law will impact our students and our profession.

Watch why Litchfield County teachers say you should attend a forum in your county. Register to attend a forum today.

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October Deals and Discounts for Teachers

file5461254958088Check out highlighted offers from NEA Member Benefits that range from food for fall parties to guided vacations to discounts on car rentals.

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for October 2016

NEA Click & Save, the online discount buying service for NEA members, highlights select retailers and merchants each month. Check out these featured “Buy-lights” for October!*

  • NEA MB Food and Wine Store: Make planning for fall parties and holidays easy with wonderful products from top food and wine purveyors—plus save with member discounts! Search “Food and Wine” in the drop-down menu.
  • Sur La Table: Outfit your kitchen and dining table with everything you’ll need for holiday entertaining; get special savings now on clearance items!
  • Oneida Ltd.: Oneida offers great deals on stainless steel silverware/flatware, serving pieces, food storage solutions, and more!
  • World Market: Peruse high-quality home décor; get free shipping on orders of $150 or more.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond: Save on bed linens, bath accessories, kitchen electrics, and more; free shipping on orders of $25 or more.

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Teachers Talk to Teachers, Promote Candidates Committed to Public Education

Danbury teachers turned out to meet candidates for State House and Senate and learn where they stand on education issues.

Danbury teachers turned out to meet candidates for State House and Senate and learn where they stand on education issues.

Many people claim to speak for public education, but teachers turn to their fellow teachers when they want to know the truth about an issue—or a candidate for elected office. That’s why some Danbury teachers are working to get the word out to their fellow educators about Connecticut State House and Senate candidates who are truly pro-public education.

At the kickoff of their “Teacher to Teacher, Talk to Ten” campaign, members of NEA Danbury’s Political Action Committee asked teachers to reach out to colleagues at their school and inform them about House and Senate candidates who are endorsed by CEA. Read more

CEA Members Excited To Be Part of Hartford Marathon

Darien teacher Katy Gale,

Darien teacher Katy Gale waves as she starts out on the Hartford Half Marathon.

CEA members hit the pavement at the 23rd annual Eversource Hartford Marathon today, but not all the teachers had their running shoes on—many volunteered their time in support of the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF) and local charities.

“For the teachers, it’s not just about running in the race, but participating in a worthy cause,” said CEA Vice President and CEF President Jeff Leake.

“Joining Team CEF as a runner or volunteer gives teachers the opportunity to be part of the Connecticut Education Foundation’s fundraising efforts, while also assisting charities around Hartford,” said Leake. Read more

Celebrate Excellence: Nominate a Colleague for a CEA Human & Civil Rights Award

Click on the image above for the awards booklet.

Why do we celebrate excellence? Educators live in a world filled with challenges and threats to their professions and their schools. But in spite of these challenges, they and other people and organizations find innovative ways to support and influence students and public education.

CEA’s Human and Civil Rights Awards provide an opportunity to acknowledge these dedicated and diverse men and women for advancing human and civil rights, and standing up for public schools.

Honor an individual with a nomination for a CEA Human and Civil Rights Award. Read more

CT Teachers Join National Walk-In Rallies to Support Public Education Funding

Hundreds of Connecticut students, teachers, and community members gathered together at schools across the state this morning, in support of fully funding public schools. They were part of a movement of walk-ins held at more than 2,000 schools nationwide.

Vernon, Manchester, Bridgeport and other Connecticut school districts participated in the walk-ins.

CEA President Sheila Cohen led a rally outside Rockville High School in Vernon before participants symbolically walked into the school building in a show of unity.

Watch what the Vernon students, teachers, and supporters had to say.

CEA Stronger Together: Listening, Learning & Addressing Teacher Concerns

Teachers, parents, and students in Vernon are gathering for a show of solidarity and a “walk-in” at Rockville High School tomorrow to draw attention to the need for the state to fully fund education for all students.

It’s part of a nationwide effort to support public education. Schools in Manchester and Bridgeport will also participate in the walk-ins sponsored by NEA and the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools.

Burlington, VT teacher Andrew Styles and Vernon teacher Peter Borofsky (right) stopped to talk to East Haven teacher Kathleen Pyne at her home this summer.

Burlington, VT teacher Andrew Styles and Vernon teacher Peter Borofsky (right) stopped to talk to East Haven teacher Kathleen Pyne at her home this summer to find out what issues are on her mind.

The Vernon Education Association (VEA) expects teacher participation to be high—but that’s not due to luck. It’s because of CEA support for the local Association’s efforts to listen and respond to members’ concerns.

“After we learned how to hold organizing conversations last year from CEA Training and Organizational Development Specialist Joe Zawawi we went out and talked to a significant number of our members,” said VEA President and Rockville High teacher Peter Borofsky. Read more

Help Improve CT Education Policies: Come to a CEA Forum This October

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An unprecedented Superior Court decision has sent shockwaves across the education community in Connecticut. Meanwhile, the long arm of the federal government is reaching into schools with the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). There has never been a more pressing time for teachers to band together and speak out to influence once-in-a-generation judicial, legislative, and regulatory issues.

That’s why CEA is hosting County Forums around the state this October. Attend to

  • Learn the latest on how CCJEF and ESSA would impact our classrooms.
  • Speak out for our students and our profession.
  • Meet with legislators to share our concerns.

Register to attend a forum. Read more