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Lamont: ‘We Have the Greatest Teachers in the World’

During his State of the State Address kicking off the 2019 legislative session today Governor Ned Lamont received a standing ovation when he praised teachers.

“We have the greatest teachers in the world,” Lamont said. “We ought to tell them that. Thank you for what you do, teachers.”

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2019 Legislative Session Starts Tomorrow, Brings New Opportunity

Tomorrow marks the inauguration of a new governor and the beginning of the 2019 session of the Connecticut General Assembly. It’s likely to be a busy session with many issues for legislators to tackle over these next five months.

CEA will be working closely with newly elected and appointed officials on legislation critical to you and your profession.

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CEA and Education Stakeholders Well Represented on Governor-Elect’s Policy Committees

A standing-room only crowd of nearly 500 people gathered this morning at Eastern Connecticut State University, eager to help shape the future of their state.

Governor-elect Ned Lamont addresses the nearly 500 people gathered for a policy summit at Eastern Connecticut State University today.

“Look at this crowd. You believe in the state of Connecticut,” Governor-elect Ned Lamont told the people assembled, many of whom are serving on 15 transition policy committees for his administration, which met for the first time today.
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Treasurer Details State’s History of Underfunding Teacher Retirement

The state's Pension Sustainability Commission heard from State Treasurer Denise Nappier about the history of underfunding the teachers' retirement fund, the largest pension fund overseen by the treasury.

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Pro-Education Candidates Sweep Connecticut’s Midterms

Thanks in large part to teachers who were determined to make their voices heard and their votes matter, pro-education candidates chalked up significant victories in yesterday’s midterm elections.

Major wins were scored in the state senate and house as well as in a close gubernatorial race, where education advocate Ned Lamont defeated a challenger whose agenda favored privatization of schools, caps on teacher salaries, anti-union initiatives, and an unrealistic economic plan that threatened to decimate school budgets.

“Teachers made a decisive contribution to these positive outcomes—because they were engaged and informed,” said CEA President Jeff Leake. Read more

Hayes Is in the House

“This history teacher is making history,” 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes told her supporters at a victory celebration in Waterbury last night. “I am honored to be your next congresswoman.”

Five months after announcing her candidacy, former Waterbury teacher Jahana Hayes won her bid for Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District seat—defeating opponent Manny Santos by a margin of 148,000 to 116,000 votes. She will be the first African American woman to represent Connecticut in Congress.

“Your vote is your voice, and you used your vote and you used your voice to vote for me,” Hayes said, thanking supporters. “We need somebody in Congress who is us, who understands us, who understands what we’re going through.” Read more

Remember to Flip Your Ballot Tomorrow!

When Connecticut voters in 23 towns head out to vote tomorrow they’ll find some electoral races missing from the front side of their ballot. That’s because the large number of state and national elections taking place tomorrow has caused some towns to print a two-sided ballot.

Make sure your voice is heard in every race, and flip your ballot.

Want to see what the ballot in your town will look like tomorrow?

Not sure where to go to vote?

Polls will be open 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. tomorrow. If you still need to register to vote, you can do so by going to your town hall tomorrow.

And if you’re still deciding who to vote for, check out where the candidates stand on education issues at cea.org/reportcard.

Only 4 Days Until Election Day! Are You Ready?

Election Day is right around the corner. If you’re still deciding who to vote for, check out where the candidates stand on education issues at cea.org/reportcard.

Polls will be open 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. on November 6. If you still need to register to vote, you can go to your town hall on Election Day—just don’t wait until 7:58!

Not sure where to go to vote? You can look up your polling place here.

You can preview exactly what and who will be on your town’s ballet by looking at a sample ballot.

Below, watch CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas and CEA President Jeff Leake explain why it’s so important to vote this Election Day.

Actuary Sets Record Straight on Teacher Pensions

Misconceptions abound when it comes to teachers’ pensions, but today, in a presentation to the Pension Sustainability Commission, an actuary clarified that Connecticut teachers’ pension benefits are actually quite modest.

The Connecticut Pension Sustainability Commission is charged with studying “the feasibility of placing state capital assets in a trust and maximizing those assets for the sole benefit of the state pension system.”

John Garrett, principal and consulting actuary at Cavanaugh Macdonald Consulting, shared findings from the March 2018 report of the Connecticut Teachers’ Retirement System Viability Commission.

Garrett compared Connecticut with 11 other state retirement systems that cover pension benefits to teachers who do not receive social security. “Connecticut has a fairly modest benefit when you look at other non-Social Security covered workforces,” he said. Read more

Joe Biden Comes to Connecticut, Campaigns for Education Candidates

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Former Vice President Joe Biden hits the campaign trail for Connecticut’s pro-education, pro-union candidates.

In a rousing speech at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy in Hartford, where a rally was held this afternoon for gubernatorial hopeful Ned Lamont, former Vice President Joe Biden urged Connecticut voters to cast their ballots for pro-union, pro-education candidates. Read more