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Winter Round of CEA County Meetings to Focus on Janus Case

Attend an upcoming CEA County Forum January 22 – February 1 and learn about the Janus case and how we must stand together to fight against those who want to take away our hard-won salaries, benefits, and teacher voice.

Ask your local president for details.

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Apply Now for $2,000 CEA Award Recognizing Teaching Excellence

You probably know many outstanding teachers who might 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!

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.

We are looking for candidates who are creative, student-focused, culturally responsive, dedicated to life-long learning, and strong advocates for public education.
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CEA Members Continue to Press for TEAM Funding

Ridgefield teacher Liz Misiewicz called on members of the State Board of Education to support restoration of TEAM funding.

Connecticut’s Teacher Education And Mentoring (TEAM) program is one of the nation’s most highly regarded induction and support programs for new teachers. After state funding for the program was unexpectedly eliminated from the new state budget, CEA has continued to strongly advocate for a restoration of TEAM funding.

At the State Board of Education meeting in January, CEA leaders and staff joined Ridgefield teacher Liz Misiewicz and Bridgeport new teacher coordinator and TEAM facilitator Michael Brosnan in calling on members to support the restoration of TEAM funding. Read more

Our Students Can’t Wait: Teachers Send Letter to Legislators Urging Restoration of ECS Funds

CEA President Sheila Cohen and AFT-Connecticut President Jan Hochadel sent a letter to legislators urging them to convene a special session to restore ECS funding.

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Connecticut Congressman, CEA Members Speak Out for Educators and Pre-Service Teachers

Terryville High School psychologist Lindsay Aronheim joined U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney to speak out in favor of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

CEA member Lindsay Aronheim joined U.S.Congressman Joe Courtney to speak out against a plan being considered in Congress that would hurt Connecticut teachers and college students pursuing careers in education. At a December news conference, Aronheim, a school psychologist at Terryville High School, explained why eliminating the federal student aid program that helps cover college tuition costs for millions of Americans, including Connecticut students entering the teaching profession, would be detrimental.

Without the valuable program, which helped defray the cost of graduate school, Aronheim says she might not have been able to continue in the education career she loves.

“I went to graduate school for three years, which is necessary for my profession, and I took out loans in order to do that,” she explains. “When I finished grad school, I realized that paying back my loans was going to be a struggle on my salary. I was trying to figure out what to do and wondering if I needed to go into another profession. Public Service Loan Forgiveness allowed me to continue in this profession.” Read more

Here’s How Students and Teachers Are Celebrating the Holiday Season

Winter break is here! We hope it’s a great one for all of you.

Here are some of the ways teachers and students around Connecticut are celebrating the season today.

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Orange Students Learn About the Importance of Giving Thanks to CEA Holiday Bear Project

Orange teachers Pamela Galatioto, Jo-Anne Escandon, and Janet Greenspan pose with some of the many gifts Orange teachers, students, and families donated this holiday season.

Thanks to the generosity of Orange teachers and students and their families, children who might not have received any gifts this holiday season will now have a brighter holiday.

Members of the student council at Race Brook School recently gathered gifts donated by the entire school community and helped CEA Vice President Jeff Leake load them into a van. Leake also serves at the president of the Connecticut Education Foundation that sponsors the state-wide Holiday Bear project, which links CEA members, students and their families, community members, and businesses with needy public school students.

The annual Holiday Bear project has benefited more than 10,000 Connecticut public school students since it began in 1998.

Watch what Orange students and teachers have to say about being involved with the Holiday Bear project.

Standing Stronger Together, Stratford Teachers, Community Send Clear Message: No Teacher Layoffs

At a town budget meeting December 18, hundreds of teachers, students, and community members made their views known by carrying signs and wearing stickers that said, “Cuts Hurt Kids,” “Fund Public Schools,” and “Every Student Matters. Every Teacher Matters.”

A tremendous turnout of Stratford educators, families, and CEA leaders and staff at a special budget meeting of the new town council last night ensured that municipal leaders heard—and sent—a clear message to Stratford’s superintendent of schools: No teacher layoffs.

While the nine-member council ultimately voted 8–1 to accept a budget that includes $700,000 in education cuts, they strongly denounced any plans to cut teachers’ jobs. At issue was the superintendent’s proposal to lay off 43 teachers, including half of the district’s reading specialists, in the middle of the current school year. Read more

Teachers Call on Legislators to Address Education Funding in Special Session

Connecticut teachers are urging legislators to take up the critical issue of education funding when they convene for a special session later this month to focus on the draconian cuts devastating the state’s public schools and shortchanging students’ education.

“While we appreciate legislators standing up for our senior citizens, our youngest and most vulnerable citizens are also facing peril with continued school funding cuts that must be addressed,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “The time for action is now. Our children can’t wait until next February. Legislators must take up the issue in special session.” Read more

Please Thank Your Members of Congress and Urge Them to Pass the Dream Act

A Quinnipiac Poll out this week shows that 77 percent of U.S. voters want undocumented young people to be allowed to stay in the country and apply for citizenship. Congress, however, is getting ready to recess for the year, and members still haven’t acted on the Dream Act, a bipartisan bill that would provide undocumented young people with a path to U.S. citizenship.

Teachers in Connecticut support the Dream Act that is crucial for many of their present and former students. Every day that Congress doesn’t act, more than 100 Dreamers lose their legal status and work permit, and the ability to thrive and contribute to our communities.

Connecticut’s U.S. Representatives and Senators all stand in support of the Dream Act. Read more