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All Members Invited to Upcoming CEA Meetings

CEA members at a 2018 county meeting.

CEA’s next round of county forum meetings runs January 28 – February 12. Meet with your colleagues and local union leaders to hear about issues impacting education and your profession, and learn how you can advocate for yourself, your students, and public education.

Attend a CEA county forum near you, and encourage your colleagues to join you.

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Lamont: ‘We Have the Greatest Teachers in the World’

During his State of the State Address kicking off the 2019 legislative session today Governor Ned Lamont received a standing ovation when he praised teachers.

“We have the greatest teachers in the world,” Lamont said. “We ought to tell them that. Thank you for what you do, teachers.”

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2019 Legislative Session Starts Tomorrow, Brings New Opportunity

Tomorrow marks the inauguration of a new governor and the beginning of the 2019 session of the Connecticut General Assembly. It’s likely to be a busy session with many issues for legislators to tackle over these next five months.

CEA will be working closely with newly elected and appointed officials on legislation critical to you and your profession.

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New Year, New Legislative Session: Subscribe for the Latest News

Governor Lamont and Connecticut legislators will be sworn into office this Wednesday, kicking off the 2019 legislative session. It is sure to be an eventful five months, with plenty of news affecting Connecticut teachers.

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This month, when you subscribe to BlogCEA, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a #RedforEd t-shirt. One winner will be selected each week from all who subscribe.

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Union a Priority for Stamford Building Rep

Teachers are often stretched thin between planning, teaching, grading, and assisting with extracurriculars. That’s certainly the case for Stamford teacher Kate Tobin, who teaches a full load of English classes, has co-organized lip-dub music videos to enhance school spirit at Westhill High, and coordinates the Westhill Alumni Network. Despite her many commitments, Tobin makes it a priority to help her colleagues by serving as a building rep, Stamford Education Association secretary, SEA newsletter editor, and as a member of the Negotiations and Grievance Committees.

“Having a teachers union is really important,” she says. “If we didn’t have our union, teachers would be a lot more abused and new expectations and responsibilities would be foisted on us without our input or any additional compensation.”

Tobin adds, “I don’t find the time, I make the time.” Read more

DeVos’ School Safety Plan Ignores Schools’ Real Needs

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ Federal Commission on School Safety was supposed to address gun violence in our schools and recommend ways schools can keep students safe. Instead, the commission yesterday released a report that recommends pressuring educators to possess dangerous firearms in our schools and stripping students’ of civil rights protections, which seek to prevent racial disparities in student discipline.

While the report does not require educators to be armed, it encourages schools “to seriously consider partnering with local law enforcement in the training and arming of school personnel.”

“Connecticut teachers do not want to be armed,” said CEA President Jeff Leake. “Stockpiling guns will not make our schools safer—violence begets violence.” Read more

Waterbury Students Visit CEA, Sandy Hook Memorial

When CEA installed the Sandy Hook memorial created by sculptor Marilyn Parkinson Thrall in front of CEA Headquarters in Hartford last year, it was with the idea that members and their students could...

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2013 CEA McCormack Award Winner on Why You Should Apply for This $2,000 Award

You probably know many outstanding teachers who would qualify for the John McCormack CEA Award for Teaching Excellence. Here’s your chance to nominate one of them—or you can even nominate yourself!

Watch Wallingford teacher and 2013 McCormack Award winner Chris Stone explain the many opportunities this award has opened up to him, and find out why he encourages you to apply today!

The application does not take long, and the reward is definitely worth it—$2,000 from CEA, plus an all-expenses paid trip to the NEA Foundation’s Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington D.C.

Click here for forms and additional information.

John McCormack Award flier.

The application deadline for this award is January 28, 2019.

Wallingford Teachers Support School Renovation Plan That Puts Students First

Wallingford teachers turned out in force, and in #RedforEd T-shirts, to ask for a school renovation plan that puts students first.

The plan—one of six options a consulting group presented to the Wallingford Board of Education at a meeting last night—would provide long-term benefits for students. At the same time, it is the least expensive of the six plans proposed, saving tens of millions in precious taxpayer dollars. Read more

Watch How Wallingford Educators are Teaching About Giving Back During the Holidays

Wallingford social studies teacher Jean Mellor has sponsored children through the Connecticut Education Foundation’s Holiday Bear Project for several years now, and this year she’s gotten her whole school involved. So many students and teachers chose to participate that CEA’s Chip Karkos made a special stop to pick up all of the gifts.