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CEA Retirement Workshops Coming to a School Near You

Want to learn more about planning for retirement? Comprehensive CEA workshops held around the state cover all issues related to the State Teachers’ Retirement System, such as retirement eligibility, purchasing additional service, how Social Security may be affected, retiree health insurance, and choosing a retirement plan.

CEA Retirement Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho will cover a wide range of issues and offer time for questions following the presentation. The workshops are held at various locations around the state throughout the fall and in the early spring.

Any active CEA member who wishes to begin planning for retirement is encouraged to attend a workshop. It is never too early to educate yourself!

Click here for more information and to register for a workshop.

Professional Development Just Got Better

CEA is proud to announce we are a State Department of Education designated provider of professional development.

As part of a recent push to provide teachers with meaningful professional learning rather than strictly compliance-based training, CEA has developed a catalog of Professional Learning Academy workshops that can be incorporated into your school or district’s formal PD days or offered separately. These will be offered at little or no cost.

For more information or to schedule a professional development workshop, contact CEA’s Professional Learning Academy at 860-525-5641 or myprofession@cea.org.

Urge Governor Malloy to Veto Republican Budget With Unprecedented Teacher Tax

Governor Malloy has said he will veto the Republican budget that passed the legislature this weekend, however he is receiving calls and emails from voters who want him to sign that budget into law. We must let him know teachers stand strong in opposition to this budget and urge him to veto the Republican budget.

The Republican budget imposes an unprecedented tax on teachers of approximately $1,500 per teacher—every year—that will NOT go into the teacher pension fund to support teacher retirement. This is an unfair tax that goes into the state’s general fund, and must not become law.

Click here to email Governor Malloy.

Or call his office at (800) 406-1527.
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CEA Calls on Legislators to Convene Immediately to Create a Real Bipartisan Budget

Today, Governor Malloy reaffirmed his decision to veto the budget that passed this weekend. CEA agrees that a better bipartisan budget is needed for Connecticut, and is calling on legislators to convene immediately to craft a budget that works for all of us and invests in public education.

In order to move Connecticut forward, a real bipartisan budget must: Read more

It’s Time to Set Your SLO: Here’s What You Need to Know

CEA is offering an interactive workshop on teacher evaluation free to members this September and October. This ninety-minute workshop is being offered in locations around the state to allow as many members as possible to benefit from this valuable information and have their questions answered.

Register for a workshop.

When it comes to teacher evaluation, choosing the appropriate student learning objective (SLO) is likely one of the most important decisions teachers make over the course of a school year. Not only are SLOs weighted more than any other single part of a teacher’s summative rating, they also have a profound impact on the learning opportunities students will experience and the expectations they will face. Read more

Tell Legislators: No Cost Shift

Legislators did not vote on a budget plan last night, but they released their proposed plan and are expected to vote on it today.

The new budget plan lessens school funding cuts proposed by the governor’s executive order, but still imposes a cost shift onto cities and towns that will impact school budgets, property taxes, and teacher retirement.

Based on this new budget plan, we are asking all members to contact their legislators again today with one specific message: No cost shift. 

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Hours Until Budget Vote: Contact Your Legislators Now

Mere hours remain before legislators are expected to vote on a state budget.

Don’t wait to contact your legislators. Even if you have contacted them in the past, it is important to do so again today. School budgets across the state are at risk.

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Contact Your Legislators Now

Lawmakers will likely vote on a state budget Thursday or Friday. Watch CEA President Sheila Cohen explain why it's so important to contact your legislators.

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Urge Legislators to Pass a Budget That Invests in Public Education

This is our last chance to have our voices heard before the budget vote.

Legislators are expected to vote on a budget this Thursday or Friday. School budgets across the state are at risk.

Click here and take action immediately.

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School Funding Still in Question: Legislators Need to Hear from You

Legislators may vote on a new state budget this week. A new plan unveiled by Governor Malloy would lessen the school funding cuts that were part of his executive order, but it would also impose new cuts on cities and towns that will impact school budgets.

Legislators need to hear from you.

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