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Enter NEA’s Strong Public Schools Poster Contest

nea-poster-contestEvery election season, the National Education Association creates public education-themed T-shirts, buttons, bumper stickers, and posters to wave at rallies and hang in classrooms. The power of NEA comes from its members—teachers’ voices, their ideas, and their creativity—so for the 2020 presidential election, NEA is looking to you to provide your best design ideas that capture the need to vote for pro-public education candidates.

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CEA-Retired Members Elect New Leaders, Commit to Continued Activism

Elections and activism took center stage at today’s CEA-Retired meeting at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, where members voted for leaders to represent them and learned more about federal and state policy issues facing educators.

At today’s meeting, CEA-Retired members elected Mary-Beth Lang as treasurer, Bill Murray as president, Gloria Brown as vice president, and Karen DiMenna as secretary.

CEA-Retired members elected William Murray, currently CEA-Retired vice president, president. He succeeds Gloria Brown who was unable to run again due to term limits. Brown was voted in as CEA-Retired vice president, Karen DiMenna will serve as secretary for another three years, and Mary-Beth Lang was elected treasurer. Read more

Norwich Teachers Rally Before Budget Hearing

DSC_2803After a city official disparaged public schools as “subsidized taxpayer-funded day care,” Norwich teachers, parents, and other school supporters turned out at a rally to set the record straight and demand a fair budget for their students’ education. The rally was held Monday night, prior to a budget hearing at Norwich City Hall.

Councilwoman Joanne Philbrick’s recent characterization of public schools as “day care,” along with other controversial comments she made about support services children receive at school, were met with widespread criticism, as was the city council’s 4-3 vote to strike down a school budget increase. Read more

Two Connecticut Teachers Receive Prestigious Awards for Teaching Excellence

New London teacher Elizabeth Sked is the recipient of the CEA John McCormack Award for Teaching Excellence.

Two educators from New London and Danbury were recognized before nearly 400 of their Connecticut colleagues for receiving two prestigious awards honoring educator excellence. CEA President Jeff Leake made the announcement at the CEA Representative Assembly last weekend.

New London teacher Elizabeth Sked was named the recipient of the CEA John McCormack Award for Teaching Excellence, which puts her in the running for a national award recognizing the year’s most outstanding educators.

Danbury teacher Luanelly Iglesias was recognized as the winner of NEA’s 2019 Human and Civil Rights George I. Sanchez Memorial Award honoring teachers who significantly advance equal opportunities for Hispanics. Read more

At Representative Assembly, CEA President’s Message Focuses on Strength in Solidarity, Diversity

The 171st CEA Representative Assembly continued Saturday morning, with nearly 400 delegates—teachers from every part of the state—in attendance.

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CEA President Jeff Leake addressed RA delegates highlighting the need for members to be #strongertogether in support of public education.

Addressing delegates as CEA president for the first time, veteran Cheshire teacher Jeff Leake urged teachers to continue the fight to protect students, public education, and the teaching profession; combat social and racial injustice; and grow, strengthen, and diversify their own ranks. Read more

Teachers Honored, Officers Elected at CEA RA

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.

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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 Need to Hear from You: No Cost Shift

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.

Contact your legislators now and tell them: NO Cost Shift

 

 

Thank You for Your Dedication to Your Students and Your Profession!

This week students, families, and communities around Connecticut are expressing their gratitude to teachers, and we want to extend our thanks for all that you do. Your dedication to your students makes an impact far greater than you will ever know.

Your patience, caring, creativity, and flexibility make this profession one that we are proud to be a part of. You truly believe in your students, and that knowledge of your belief in them will stay with them, inspiring them for years to come. Read more

Still Time to Register for Teacher Leader Institute!

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

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules in Favor of New Milford Teachers

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.

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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