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Avoid Tax Time Identity Theft Scams

Protecting your personal information is as important as ever. Tax season is no exception.

Here are some of the ways crooks are tricking people for tax information:

  1. Phishing: Emails or websites that ask to provide “missing” personal information. The IRS never initiates contact with taxpayers via email about a bill or tax refund.
  2. Phone Scams: The tax agency has issued a new warning about calls or texts from thieves posing as IRS agents warning about owing money and threatening arrest, deportation or other action unless you settle an outstanding balance via wire transfer or preloaded debit card.
  3. Criminal Tax Preparers: Tax return preparers who use personal information for refund fraud, identity theft and other crimes.
  4. Fake Charities: Solicitations pretending to be from charitable organizations. These criminal enterprises take money for their personal gain and often sell stolen credit card or banking information to others.

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Education Community Saddened by Loss of State Representative

CEA sends condolences to the family, friends, and constituents of State Rep. Ezequiel Santiago, who passed away last night. Santiago was a leader in the state’s Latino community. He brought people together around important causes and was a champion of community schools. We will miss his advocacy for and commitment to the people of Bridgeport.

 

Bringing Poetry to the Classroom

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

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Teachers Urge Legislators to Support Community Schools, Minority Teacher Recruitment

Community schools, minority teacher recruitment and retention, the opportunity gap, and school literacy were just some of the issues members of the legislature’s Education Committee heard public input on today.

CEA members, leaders, and staff testified on a number of bills, ensuring teachers’ perspective was heard.

Bridgeport Education Association President Gary Peluchette, Harding High School library media specialist Laina Kominos, and Bridgeport Community Organizer Shamare Holmes with Rep. Ezequiel Santiago, who sadly passed away March 14. CEA sends condolences to his family and friends.

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Bring the Kids—and the Dogs—to Bridgeport Sound Tigers Hockey!

At Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey, CEA members save more than 50% on premium seats at select games throughout the season. You and your family pay $18 for seats normally priced at $41.

Join your colleagues for a special game on Sunday, March 31, at 3 p.m., where you can bring your whole family—yes, including the dog!—and meet Paw Patrol characters Chase and Marshall.

Get your tickets at cea.org/mb. Read more

Cut Your Propane Costs Today

Residents of Connecticut pay a lot for propane, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The average price per gallon for most of this winter has been barely under $3.00.

The price is so high here in the northeast because almost all propane in the United States is stored either in Texas or Oklahoma. The expense of transportation—by pipeline, rail, or container truck—increases the costs.

The good news is that CEA members have a solution available to them: Tankfarm. The Tankfarm Group partners with local propane supplies to install tanks and make deliveries, but it is Tankfarm, not the supplier, that sets the pricing and terms. The result for CEA members? Annual savings that can run into the thousands of dollars.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You can get an instant quote for propane at tankfarmgroup.com/cea
  2. If you like the quote, you can apply online in minutes.
  3. You’ll get an appointment with a Tankfarm partner supplier to have your tanks replaced or inspected.
  4. Once that’s done, you’ll get your first delivery, and the partner supplier will make sure you never run out of propane.

It’s that simple. The best part is that there are no charges for setup, tanks, or deliveries, and there is no hazmat, low-usage or any other kind of fee. Because you’re a member of CEA, you’ll also receive $50 worth of free propane upon signup and a certificate for a $100 equipment upgrade.

Consider a visit to the Tankfarm website at tankfarmgroup.com/cea to get your instant quote. It might just save you hundreds of dollars.

For more information, call 1-855-976-4141 or email support@tankfarmgroup.com.

March Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

March is here, and spring is right around the corner. Don’t miss out on spring break savings available from NEA Member Benefits on hotels, rental cars, guided tours, and more!

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for March 2019

Has the thought of spring break got you dreaming of warmer climes? 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 March!* Read more

CEA Members, Leaders Support Teaching of African-American and Puerto Rican and Latino Studies

“Our students would only benefit from having more opportunities to learn about the culture, struggles, and contributions of African-Americans and Latinos throughout history,” Waterbury teacher Sean Mosley told the legislature’s Education Committee at a hearing today. He was speaking out on two bills that would ensure the inclusion of African-American as well as Puerto Rican and Latino Studies in school curricula.

Waterbury teacher Sean Mosley, chair of CEA’s Ethnic and Minority Affairs Commission, testified before the Education Committee today.

“CEA wholeheartedly supports House Bills 7082 and 7083 and believes integrating the history and struggles of Blacks, Puerto Ricans, and other Latinos into the state’s required curricula is long overdue,” CEA President Jeff Leake told lawmakers. “The history of these groups is tightly interwoven with U.S. history, but we have not given it the prominence it deserves.” Read more

Co-Building Reps Work Together to Represent Members

Lori Woodruff and Donna Bosworth, building reps at the Academy for International Studies Elementary Magnet School in Danbury.

“Teachers become teachers because we want to help kids,” says Danbury building rep Lori Woodruff. “It’s the same with our union—we are here to help each other. As teachers, when we’re involved with the union we can do more to help one another.”

Woodruff, a fourth grade teacher, shares her building rep responsibilities at Danbury’s Academy for International Studies Elementary Magnet School with art teacher Donna Bosworth—an arrangement the two say serves them and their members well.

“We can finish each other’s sentences,” says Woodruff. “When we have our 10-minute meetings I’m good at pulling people back to the agenda, and Donna’s really good at explaining in-depth items.” Read more

10 Free Things for National Nutrition Month

Emphasize the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits this March. These resources include teaching guides, lesson plans, best practices, tip sheets, online learning games, educational videos, posters, book lists, coloring pages and more.

Grades preK-12

  1. School Breakfast Week
    The first week of March is National School Breakfast Week. The NEA Foundation supports Breakfast in the Classroom, and partners with organizations to provide grants for Breakfast in the Classroom programs. A related NEA Healthy Futures resource is Start School with Breakfast: A Guide to Increasing School Breakfast Participation. Educators can download a free copy ( PDF, 2.3 MB, 56 pgs.). Inside, are sections describing benefits, strategies for increasing participation, tools, sample letters, and success stories
  2. Bag The Junk
    Students consume 50% of their daily calories in school. Bag the Junk examines the effects of selling unhealthy snack foods and beverages in schools and provides resources for the adult school community to champion healthy snack foods and beverages. The site features advocacy tools such as organizing tips, policy briefs, fact sheets, and sample letters along with current news, trends, and thoughts from experts in the field. Educators will find factoids, quizzes, featured snacks, statistics, graphics, links to resources, and strategies for improving what students eat in school.
  3. eatright.org
    Provides information on food, health and fitness and sections for kids, parents, men, women, and seniors.

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