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Connecticut must take the high road and not attack the middle class was the message labor leaders gave today in testimony before the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth.
“We need bold tax reforms that help grow the state’s economy and ensure that Connecticut remains a great place to live, work, and raise a family,” said CEA Executive Director Donald Williams. “A cornerstone for Connecticut’s future stability and growth is a stable and predictable revenue stream. Connecticut has one of the best school systems in the country, but there are still pockets of significant need and inequality, and we need the resources to support all of our schools and students. Our state needs stable and reliable revenue to support critical state services, and a quality education for our children.” Read more
Though his opening address to the 2018 General Assembly today emphasized Connecticut’s tradition of fairness and the state’s future generations, the governor’s new budget proposal delivers mixed news for Connecticut students, teachers, and schools.
On the plus side, the governor’s plan includes a proposal to restructure state payments to the teacher retirement fund in a way that promotes the long-term solvency and stability of the fund.
“We support this initiative,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen, “but the plan must go further.” CEA is calling on the state to repeal the recent 1% increase in the teacher payroll tax, which increased the state’s pension obligation debt by $20 million. Read more
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.
Being 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
Visitors 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
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.
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
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