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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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Bridgeport Teacher Testifies Before Congress on How to Stop the Teacher Shortage

Bridgeport teacher Michael Brosnan testified before joint Congressional subcommittees today.

Bridgeport is Connecticut’s largest school district, serving more than 23,0000 students, but the Bridgeport Public Schools have an annual teacher attrition rate of 10-12 percent. Today Bridgeport teacher and early leadership institute coach Michael Brosnan told members of Congress that, “While welcoming fresh faces each year, or in the middle of each year, was certainly a pleasure, it did little for school stability or student achievement.”

Brosnan was speaking at a joint hearing of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment titled Educating our Educators: How Federal Policy Can Better Support Teachers and School Leaders.

“We’re plagued by perpetual underfunding and that means we face many obstacles. Recruiting teachers and retaining them is one of them,” Brosnan said. Read more

School Finance Expert Says There Are No Substitutions for Equitably Funding Schools

School finance expert and Rutgers Professor Bruce Baker spoke on School Finance Myths and Realities today at Trinity College.

There are those, including current U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who argue that spending more on public education doesn’t lead to better outcomes. School finance expert and Rutgers Professor Bruce Baker begs to differ, and he has research to back his position up.

“We have more data available now—20 year data sets—and can tease out change over time,” he told students and community members gathered at Trinity College’s Center for Hartford Engagement and Research today. “That’s why there are a number of studies that have come out now that show longitudinally that increased funding leads to better outcomes.”

Studies show that increased school funding particularly makes a difference for low-income students, leading not just to better test scores, but also to increased adult earnings. Read more

CEA Members Represent Colleagues, Make a Difference for Students at NEA Representative Assembly

CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas speaks to a New Business Item that calls for the immediate end to the detention and criminalization of immigrant children and their families.

Sunday wrapped up the 157th National Education Association Representative Assembly (NEA RA) in Houston, Texas—a convening of nearly 7,000 NEA members from across the country representing their colleagues and their profession.

Delegates discussed and debated 160 New Business Items ultimately adopting more than 60, including one initiated by CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas. This New Business Item calls on NEA to conduct a study to examine the feasibility of self insuring the risks covered by the Educators Employment Liability insurance, a move that could save the union money, while ensuring greater security for members.

Nicholas also proposed an amendment to a New Business Item that successfully passed. It calls on the government and courts for the immediate end to the detention and criminalization of immigrant children and their families. Read more

CEA Members Head to Houston to Represent CT Colleagues

CEA-Retired President Gloria Brown, CEA President Jeff Leake, and CEA-Aspiring Educators Chair Katie Grant are ready for the NEA RA.

CEA members are trading warm Connecticut temperatures for the truly hot weather of Houston this week—all in the name of representing their fellow teachers at the NEA Representative Assembly (NEA RA).

More than 100 CEA members are joining the nearly 7,000 elected delegates who are representing their colleagues around the nation. The world’s largest deliberative body is meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center this year.

A highlights of this year’s RA will be a Presidential Forum from 3-5 p.m. EDT on July 5, where a number of 2020 presidential candidates will answer questions submitted by NEA members about the future of public education. Confirmed attendees include former Vice President Joe Biden, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Sen. Kamala Harris, Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Rep. Tim Ryan, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Read more

Grant Allows Stonington Crew Team to Keep Oars in the Water

Stonington crew

Mystic Middle School teacher and Stonington High Crew Coach Bruce Yarnall and Mystic Middle School Principal Tim Smith receive the athletic grant.

Crew has a reputation as being a sport for the wealthy, but Stonington High School girls crew coach Bruce Yarnall says that he finds it’s a sport that opens up opportunity for students of all backgrounds.

“One of the great things about crew is that everyone comes in ninth grade not knowing anything; all the students are starting as beginners,” says Yarnall, a Mystic Middle School special education teacher.

He adds that it’s an especially important opportunity for students who haven’t yet found a sport they enjoy and may struggle with the hand-eye coordination that many more popular sports require.

“It allows kids who don’t generally like ball sports to compete and be part of a team,” Yarnall says. During the fall and spring, approximately 90 Stonington students row. Read more

Teaching in the Present Tense: Using Music to Engage Students Across the Disciplines

CEA and AFT Connecticut joined forces to co-sponsor a professional learning workshop titled, “TeachRock: Music Across the Disciplines.” Thirty teachers from around the state, representing nearly every grade level and subject area—from physics to culinary arts—attended the free workshop.

Members of CEA and AFT CT come together to attend a free TeachRock workshop on using popular music to promote cultural competence and student engagement across the disciplines.

TeachRock is an arts integration curriculum created by the Rock ‘n Roll Forever Foundation, founded by Steven Van Zandt, better known as Little Steven of Bruce Springstein’s E Street Band. Van Zandt is a strong supporter of both unions and teachers, whom he describes as “underappreciated and underpaid.” Read more