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Help Educators Affected by Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence bears down on the North Carolina Coast. Source: Associated Press.

Our thoughts are with the communities affected by Hurricane Florence, which has ravaged communities in the Carolinas and Virginia with high winds, catastrophic flooding, and widespread power outages. Members of the National Education Association are coming together to help educators and their families affected by Hurricane Florence. NEA, NEA Member Benefits, and NEA State Affiliates affected by Florence have combined fundraising efforts to assist members affected by the hurricane.

Please visit the NEA Hurricane Resources & Relief page where you can contribute to the disaster-relief fund for NEA members. You can also check the NEA Member Benefits website for more information on how to contribute to recovery efforts. On the Hurricane Resources & Relief page you will also find information about how to talk with students about hurricanes and assist them with any trauma they may be experiencing.

CEA Advocates for Improved Classroom Safety Bill

CEA Program Development Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho and CEA Executive Director Donald Williams serve on the Classroom Safety Working Group

At its second meeting today, the classroom safety working group continued an ongoing discussion seeking to come to agreement on language for a bill that could be raised by the General Assembly in 2019.

The group, which was created after Governor Malloy vetoed a classroom safety bill that had resoundingly passed the state House and Senate last spring, has been offering feedback on a new draft bill authored by CEA.

CEA Executive Director Donald Williams reminded group members of the critical nature of their task.

“The Connecticut General Assembly last legislative session heard extensive testimony from teachers about the increase in problematic student behaviors that are causing harm to other students and teachers,” Williams said. Read more

Come Run (or Just Have Fun) with Us at the Hartford Marathon!

2017 team CEF runners included (L-R) Mark, Melissa, and Dallas Janick; Liz Reed-Swale, Katy Gale, Neil Shilansky, Stephanie Wanzer, Jeff Leake, and Marty Deren.

Connecticut teachers will be among the thousands of runners, donors, and volunteers at this year’s Eversource Hartford Marathon on Saturday, October 13.

Join the fun and support Team CEF by running the race, helping with concessions, or contributing to the cause. The Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF) helps teachers and children with extraordinary personal hardships and provides scholarships for students planning teaching careers. This is CEF’s fifth year as an official charity of the marathon.

To run the race (marathon, half-marathon, or 5K), donate, or lend a hand, contact marypats@cea.org.

This is the CEF’s fifth year as an Official Charity of the Eversource Hartford Marathon. The Foundation is CEA’s charitable arm and helps teachers and children with extraordinary personal hardships as well as students planning teaching careers.

CEA’s New Teacher Guide Helps You Survive and Thrive in Your First Year—and Beyond

What should you bring to an IEP? How and when should you renew your teaching certificate? You suspect a child is neglected at home; how do you proceed?

Every new teacher wishes there was a handbook for all of these questions.

Now there is.

Check out CEA’s New Teacher Guide, available only to CEA members.

To log in and access the guide, you will need your member ID number. You can look it up here. Read more

Retired Teachers Urged to Speak Up and Vote

CEA Retired President Gloria Brown told retired teachers, “This is an extremely important election.”

“Today is a very special day—not only because we’re here together in an air conditioned space instead of in a hot and humid classroom,” CEA President Jeff Leake told members of CEA-Retired, who had gathered for their annual fall conference on an especially hot and stifling September 6. “Today is a particularly special day for us to commemorate because, 40 years ago on the first day of school, only 36 of Bridgeport’s 1,247 teachers showed up for work.”

Leake continued, “Let us remember today what those striking Bridgeport teachers did for this union and teachers across the state. They stood strong, supported by our members from across the state. They were stronger together, and they did not give up.” Read more

CEA, Other Educators Join Chris Murphy in Saying No to Arming Teachers

CEA joined U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and other Connecticut leaders in education at a news conference calling on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to abandon plans that would allow the use of federal funds to...

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Building Rep Reminds Teachers of the Many Benefits of CEA Membership

“A union allows teachers to be stronger,” says Cooperative Education Services Education Association building rep Marilyn Della Rocco. “Together we can accomplish more and have more of a voice.”

Della Rocco, a preschool teacher at Six to Six Interdistrict Magnet School in Bridgeport who also serves as co-vice president of her local association, says it’s very important for teachers to be engaged with their union because there are many groups who seek to erode teachers’ rights.

“The rights to a half-hour lunch, being able to have prep time, having class sizes that are appropriate to the developmental stage of the children—these are all things teachers enjoy today because our union has fought for them over the years,” she says. “Without a union, things would be very different.” Read more

Stand Up for Human Rights This Saturday at the State Capitol

36414722_1078060318998592_187624701432954880_nTo mark the beginning of a year-long campaign to celebrate and commit Connecticut to Human Rights advocacy, the CT Human Rights Partnership is having a #StandUp4HumanRightsCT kickoff rally in Hartford this Saturday, September 8th.

The campaign aligns with the United Nations campaign of the same title and commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

From 1-3 p.m. at the State Capitol, speakers from across Connecticut will share perspectives on how human rights are being advanced in our communities and outline the work still to be done. There will be music and spoken-word performances, as well as information on how to continue the work in your own local community.

Find lists of speakers and cosponsors as well as more information here.

Connecticut Teachers Wear #RedForEd in Solidarity With Arizona

Teachers around Connecticut are wearing Red For Ed today in support of our Arizona colleagues who have requested we observe today as national #RedForEd day.

This day of solidarity is in reaction to the unprecedented decision by the Arizona State Supreme Court to remove the Invest In ED ballot measure from the November ballot. This measure, if enacted, would have raised nearly $700 million for Arizona’s badly underfunded public schools.

Thank you to those of you who have already shared your #RedForEd photos—and if you haven’t yet, there’s still time.

Visit the CEA Facebook page and add your photos.

Here are some of the photos your Connecticut colleagues have already shared today.

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September 4 Is National #RedforEd Day—Please Join Us

While we remember the history of the labor movement this weekend and the sacrifices of generations of union members who went before us, this Labor Day weekend we also stand with our colleagues in Arizona and around the country whose plight shows so clearly why unions are still so vital today.

In places like Arizona, where unions have been weakened, teachers’ voices have been silenced, salaries and benefits have plummeted, working conditions have eroded, class sizes are higher, and outcomes for students are often lower. Many students in Arizona are not receiving the high-quality education they deserve because Arizona’s public schools are severely underfunded. Read more