Nearly 400 teachers gathered at the Mohegan Sun Expo and Convention Center last night to begin setting policy and electing new leaders at the 171st Connecticut Education Association Representative Assembly (CEA RA). The CEA RA is the Association’s highest policymaking body.
CEA President Jeff Leake and Vice President Tom Nicholas congratulate Stephanie Wanzer on her reelection to the position of CEA secretary and David Jedidian (at right) on his election to the position of CEA treasurer.
CEA President Jeff Leake opened with a warm acknowledgement of teachers’ hard work and dedication. Read more
Legislators are still considering a proposal to shift the cost of teacher retirement onto cities and towns—and they need to hear from you. If this plan passes there will be less money for our schools, higher property taxes (especially in middle-income towns and Alliance districts), and districts with more experienced teachers will be penalized.
How can teacher leaders enable creativity, collaboration, and innovation in their classrooms and beyond? Come to the third annual Teacher Leader Institute May 20 at Central Connecticut State University to find out.
The day will feature three outstanding keynote speakers, Andy Hargreaves (professional collaboration), Peter Gamwell (back by demand on creativity), and Marc Brackett (social/emotional learning). Participants will also be able to choose from among 22 breakout sessions by and for teachers and administrators—who will offer multiple perspectives on the role of teachers as leaders and the conditions that support them. Read more
A four-year court case regarding a contract violation by the New Milford Board of Education against its teachers ended last Friday with a ruling in favor of the teachers. In a unanimous decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that the New Milford Board of Education violated the terms of the collective bargaining agreement by improperly extending the workday for teachers on multiple occasions.
Building Rep Karen Rivero, New Milford Education Association Membership Secretary Joyce Tuz, and NMEA President Kim Patella react to the news of New Milford teachers’ victory in a contract dispute.
The decision requires the town to compensate members of the New Milford Education Association for 20 hours of additional time they were required to work without pay.
“This is a huge victory for us and for the teaching profession, and a testament to the incredible power of our union and expertise of CEA’s legal team,” said New Milford Education Association President Kim Patella. “This case has proven that regardless of the number of times a board tries to get a ruling appealed, when we stand together as a unit, part of something we believe in, which is our union, we can prevail.” Read more
“Our members did not agree to furloughs in order for the district to realize a surplus,” Stratford Education Association President Michael Fiorello told Board of Education members at a meeting last night that had to be moved to the high school cafeteria due to the high turnout of union members wearing #redfored.
At a Board of Education meeting last night, Stratford union members who were effected by furlough days stood together in solidarity as Stratford Education Association President Michael Fiorello read a joint statement to the Board.
Fiorello was speaking on behalf of all unions working in the Stratford Public Schools, including those representing nurses, classroom instructional assistants, administrators, secretaries, custodians, and more. Board of Education employees accepted two unpaid furlough days and other concessions last school year at great personal cost only to learn in a February 2019 audit report that the district ended the 2018 fiscal year with a $1.659 million surplus. Read more
Building reps are often a teacher’s first point of contact when questions arise—ranging from practical matters to sensitive subjects. They are their colleagues’ contract enforcer, organizer, and spokesperson.
A building rep’s job is vital, but it’s time-consuming, and often receives little thanks.
That’s why we’re recognizing building reps around the state for their dedication to their colleagues and their willingness to devote time out of their busy schedules to this important job.
Building Rep Matt Taber has been a science teacher at Coginchaug Regional High School in Durham for nine years, and is in his second year as a building rep.
“I was recruited by teachers at my school, and I wanted to get more involved,” Taber says about his decision to become a building rep.” There were some issues around the school that I felt could use some addressing.” Read more
Danbury teachers are the latest to join the growing national #RedforEd movement.
A budget that continues to shortchange students was the catalyst for Danbury teachers to pull on their #RedforEd T-shirts and kick off their spring break at a public hearing.
Last night, dozens of teachers urged city council members to approve the budget as recommended by the Danbury Board of Education, rather than a proposal that would slash education funding in a city that’s already underfunded.
“We have been asking teachers to do the impossible—to go it alone, without the support of their city leaders,” said Danbury Education Association President Erin Daly, who asked the city council to fully fund the Board of Education budget and reject a new proposal from the mayor that cuts funding. Calling the plan “an insult to our community,” Daly said it “ignores the growing needs of our student population.” Read more