“A profession as noble as teaching deserves retirement security,” State Treasurer Shawn Wooden told hundreds of Connecticut public school teachers...
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The Summer 2019 issue of the CEA Advisor is now online! This issue is published online only and will not be mailed to your home. Be sure to take advantage of hot summer savings for teachers at Six Flags, Red Sox, Yankees, UConn football, and more; squeeze in a good book; and check out these and other stories.
More than 100 CEA members traveled to Texas to strengthen their ranks, mobilize for public education, and elect education-friendly leaders.
“Energetic, progressive, and collaborative” is how CEA President Jeff Leake describes the former Meriden teacher tapped to lead the State Department of Education.
This year’s CEA Summer Conference has something for everyone. The 29 training options include everything from negotiations to understanding your pension to using meditation, mindfulness, and yoga to let go of your stress.
The conference will be held August 5-6, 2019, at Mohegan Sun.
Attendance is FREE. Registration includes:
The 171st CEA Representative Assembly continued Saturday morning, with nearly 400 delegates—teachers from every part of the state—in attendance.
Addressing delegates as CEA president for the first time, veteran Cheshire teacher Jeff Leake urged teachers to continue the fight to protect students, public education, and the teaching profession; combat social and racial injustice; and grow, strengthen, and diversify their own ranks. Read more
This week students, families, and communities around Connecticut are expressing their gratitude to teachers, and we want to extend our thanks for all that you do. Your dedication to your students makes an impact far greater than you will ever know.
Your patience, caring, creativity, and flexibility make this profession one that we are proud to be a part of. You truly believe in your students, and that knowledge of your belief in them will stay with them, inspiring them for years to come. Read more
An important bill that would improve classroom safety and school climate is facing a deadline for action in the Appropriations Committee.
Please urge your legislators to act and make our classrooms safe places to learn and teach.
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
A proposal before the legislature would shift a portion of the state’s teacher pension system costs onto cities and towns. If this plan were to pass, cities and towns would be left with less funding for schools, and teachers’ future salaries and health benefits would be negatively impacted.
Under this proposal (Sec. 6 of House Bill 7150), most towns would be responsible for 25 percent of the “normal” retirement costs (i.e. annual retirement costs excluding unfunded liabilities). Towns with higher average pensionable salaries would contribute more, and the 25 least wealthy municipalities would contribute five percent of their associated normal cost.
“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
Connecticut’s neighborhood public schools are true cornerstones of our democracy, welcoming students from every country, speaking different languages, and providing them with a true pathway for success. Connecticut teachers have opened their arms, their hearts, and their classrooms to ensure that all students take pride in their heritage, and know that their classrooms are places where they are welcomed and valued.
That is the core message of a new public awareness advertising campaign sponsored by the Connecticut Education Association and the National Education Association.
The TV, radio, and online ads underscore the vital role of teachers in our public schools. The ads remind the public that teachers welcome students from every background and help them learn, grow, and pursue their dreams with passion. Read more