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Mortgage Assistance Program for Teachers

Are you looking to buy a home? If you’re considering buying in certain districts or you teach in a shortage area, check out the Connecticut Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program.

The Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program offers home loans at below-market interest rates to Connecticut public school teachers. To be eligible for the program, you must be employed as a Connecticut-certified public school teacher or a certified regional vocational-technical teacher. You must also be a first-time homebuyer unless you purchase a home in a federally targeted area.

Click here to find out if you quality for the Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program.

The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority website offers information on this and other mortgage programs.

Yoga, Tai Chi & Teachers

Workshops at the CEA Summer Conference help members learn more about leadership roles in the union and how to improve their craft as education professionals. This year one session also addressed the constant stress many teachers are facing.

“The number one thing that we see when we meet with teachers these days is an incredibly high level of stress,” says CEA UniServ Rep Mike Casey, a co-presenter of the workshop.

CEA UniServ Rep Mike Casey leads members in trying out some yoga poses.

A poll of teachers out this week from PDK found that 50 percent have seriously considered leaving the profession, and one of the top reasons teachers site for wanting to leave is the stress, pressure, and burnout associated with the job. Read more

Teachers Refresh and Reflect at CEA Summer Conference

From negotiations to teacher evaluation to citizen lobbying and much more, more than 500 CEA members took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about their union and their profession at the CEA Summer Conference this Monday and Tuesday.

A large group of Windsor Education Association members attended this year’s CEA Summer Conference.

“Everything was a 10—the professional development was top notch,” says Avon Education Association President Jonathan Moss.

“I am going to be a building rep for the first time this year and came to the Summer Conference for free training on what to do. It was awesome,” says East Windsor teacher Stephanie Schneider. Read more

State Treasurer Applauds Educators, Outlines Teacher Retirement Plan at CEA Summer Conference

“A profession as noble as teaching deserves retirement security,” State Treasurer Shawn Wooden told hundreds of Connecticut public school teachers...

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Join Team CEF at the Hartford Marathon and, Now Through August 10, Save $5 on Race Entry!

Thinking about running on Team CEF at this year’s Hartford Marathon on October 12? Sign up now through August 10 to save $5 on race entry, and the Hartford Marathon Foundation will donate $5 to fundraising efforts!

Register by August 10 with CEF’s official charity promo code CHARITYCEF19.

CEF, the Connecticut Education Foundation, CEA’s charitable arm, raises money to provide relief for teachers and students facing extraordinary or catastrophic personal circumstances; basic necessities for underprivileged children; and scholarships for young people entering the teaching profession. Read more

Encountering Differences

Five years ago, a small eastern Connecticut community made headlines for all the wrong reasons. When the town, which is 94 percent white, hosted a high school football game, African American students on the other team were greeted with racial taunts.

Jerry Fisher, who is executive director of the Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut, was dismayed not only by the hurtful comments but also by the fact that they went unchallenged.

Attorney Lonnie Braxton, shown here having lunch with students, serves on the board of the New London Public Library, where he runs an annual film festival with significant films relating to African-American history. He has visited nearly every site on the Civil Rights Trail.

“I was anxious to do something to rectify the situation,” Fisher says, “to change things and approach the racism that seemed to be inherent in our towns. It wasn’t the students who were the problem,” he adds. “It was the parents. We wanted to address the way those parents were modeling for their children. And that’s how our program was born.” Read more

Read All the Latest from CEA in the Online Summer Edition of the CEA Advisor

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.

#StrongPublicSchools, Election 2020 Focus of NEA RA

More than 100 CEA members traveled to Texas to strengthen their ranks, mobilize for public education, and elect education-friendly leaders.


Golf Tournament Supports Children’s Fund

Teachers teed off and scored big wins for students at the Connecticut Education Foundation’s 25th annual Hands Across the Green tournament.
 

The Absence of Play

Educators and administrators talk about what’s missing in many of today’s classrooms, as well as how—and why—to bring it back.
 
 

Connecticut’s New Education Commissioner

“Energetic, progressive, and collaborative” is how CEA President Jeff Leake describes the former Meriden teacher tapped to lead the State Department of Education.

Reenergize, Prepare for New Roles in Your Local Association at the CEA Summer Conference

Many CEA Summer Conference workshops are already full, but several workshops perfect for those looking to become more involved in their local association still have openings. Don’t wait, register for this free conference taking place August 5-6 today.

Come learn more about grievance processing, negotiations, or building a more powerful union by signing up for one of the workshops listed below. Read more

Congressman Courtney’s Bill to Repeal Health Care Tax Passes House

Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney has been fighting for a decade to repeal a tax on health care plans. His bill overwhelmingly passed the House this week.

This week the U.S. House of Representatives voted 419-6 to approve Congressman Joe Courtney’s Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019. This bill would do away with a looming tax on higher-cost health care plans that would disproportionately affect those in high cost of living areas and groups with higher percentages of women, people with families, and older employees.

“Teachers have continued to accept salary freezes and cuts in order to save their health care coverage,” says CEA President Jeff Leake. “This tax would be devastating for educators, and we thank Congressman Courtney for his advocacy.” Read more

State Board of Ed Recommends Dr. Miguel Cardona as CT’s Next Education Commissioner

The State Board of Education has voted to recommend Dr. Miguel Cardona, assistant superintendent of schools for teaching and learning in Meriden, to serve as the next...

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