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CEA President Sheila Cohen on State Supreme Court Ruling in CCJEF Case

The ruling fails to protect education funding, and opens the door to an unprecedented assault on our schools and children.

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Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Photo by Satomi Ichimura via Flickr.

Help students put in perspective Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.

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2nd Generation Union Rep Says Being Proactive Key to Helping Members

Building-Rep-Superhero-TMacCall.jpgBeing a local Association building rep is a complex job, but Ledyard building rep Tiffany MacCall describes the essence of her role simply. “I try to make days better for teachers because everything’s getting harder and harder. I want to make sure teaching is a profession that still has joy.”

The Juliet W. Long third grade teacher says, “Members really come to depend on you. It’s often the little things—questions about when the first paycheck of the year will be, or about the contract.” Read more

West Hartford Students Spread Holiday Cheer at Festival of Trees and Traditions

IMG_20171201_105533Visitors to the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Festival of Trees and Traditions on a recent morning were treated not only to brightly decorated trees and sparkling lights, but also to the sweet sound of holiday classics performed by middle school musicians from West Hartford.

First String, a selective chamber orchestra from Sedgwick Middle School in West Hartford, has been performing at the Wadsworth Atheneum’s annual Festival of Trees and Traditions since 1980. The 30-member ensemble meets before and after school and involves the most dedicated sixth- through eighth-grade musicians from the orchestra program. Read more

Happy Halloween!

Did you celebrate Halloween or spirit week with your students today? Here is what some Connecticut teachers and students have been up to.

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State Treasurer Warns About Legal Implications of Increasing Payroll Tax on Teachers

The most recent budget proposal out of the state legislature has caused State Treasurer Denise Nappier to issue a rare warning to legislators.

Nappier said the proposal in the budget to require teachers to pay a larger pension contribution “could result in significant tax liability for teachers” and “could jeopardize the tax-exempt status of the entire” Teachers’ Retirement Fund.

Tell legislators to remove the teacher tax from the budget before voting on it this week.

Click here to contact your legislators.

Read more from the Hartford Courant.

Wallingford Educator Named 2018 Connecticut Teacher of the Year 


Wallingford first-grade teacher Erin Berthold high fives students after an assembly at Cook Hill School where she was named Connecticut Teacher of the Year.

Erin Berthold, a first-grade teacher at Cook Hill School in Wallingford, has been named the 2018 Connecticut Teacher of the Year. The announcement took place this afternoon at Cook Hill School, where she has taught for the last 11 years.

“We are thrilled that Wallingford Education Association member Erin Berthold is the 2018 Connecticut Teacher of the Year,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “Erin will be a passionate and enthusiastic ambassador for the teaching profession. Her love for her students and her profession is infectious. She is always thinking up new ways to engage and motivate her students, and she excels at creating a positive learning environment to help her students soar. Erin recognizes that the key to engaging students in the classroom is drawing upon their imaginations, making connections, and fostering critical thinking.” Read more

CEA Seeking Injunction: Executive Order Violates State Law


CEA Executive Director Donald Williams was interviewed by Channel 30 about the injunction CEA, Torrington, and Brooklyn are seeking against the state.

The Connecticut Education Association today announced it is seeking an injunction to prevent Governor Malloy from implementing his executive order and cutting $557 million in education funding to cities and towns. If allowed to proceed, these cuts would leave school budgets across the state out of balance. This would severely jeopardize school districts’ ability to provide quality education, thereby shortchanging Connecticut students’ futures. Read more

Governor Malloy Wrong on Teacher Tax

GovMalloyTone-DeafGovernor Malloy shocked teachers in Connecticut today when he refused to rule out supporting a Teacher Tax. He also misspoke when he said he had not heard from teachers regarding the Teacher Tax. In fact, he has already received more than 2,000 emails from Connecticut Education Association members who said they were against the Teacher Tax and urged him to veto the Republican budget.

Contact Governor Malloy now. Read more

Latest on the State Budget

Hartford Capitol SummerThroughout the state budget process, CEA members have been strong advocates. In just the last three days, more than 4,000 emails were sent by CEA members to their representatives and state senators. Here’s what happened at the Capitol Friday and Saturday:

Democrats were expected to pass their budget.

In the State Senate three Democrats—Paul Doyle, Gayle Slossberg, and Joan Hartley—all voted for the Republican budget. As a result, the Republican budget proposal passed by a vote of 21 to 15. Read more