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Orange Students Learn About the Importance of Giving Thanks to CEA Holiday Bear Project

Orange teachers Pamela Galatioto, Jo-Anne Escandon, and Janet Greenspan pose with some of the many gifts Orange teachers, students, and families donated this holiday season.

Thanks to the generosity of Orange teachers and students and their families, children who might not have received any gifts this holiday season will now have a brighter holiday.

Members of the student council at Race Brook School recently gathered gifts donated by the entire school community and helped CEA Vice President Jeff Leake load them into a van. Leake also serves at the president of the Connecticut Education Foundation that sponsors the state-wide Holiday Bear project, which links CEA members, students and their families, community members, and businesses with needy public school students.

The annual Holiday Bear project has benefited more than 10,000 Connecticut public school students since it began in 1998.

Watch what Orange students and teachers have to say about being involved with the Holiday Bear project.

Standing Stronger Together, Stratford Teachers, Community Send Clear Message: No Teacher Layoffs

At a town budget meeting December 18, hundreds of teachers, students, and community members made their views known by carrying signs and wearing stickers that said, “Cuts Hurt Kids,” “Fund Public Schools,” and “Every Student Matters. Every Teacher Matters.”

A tremendous turnout of Stratford educators, families, and CEA leaders and staff at a special budget meeting of the new town council last night ensured that municipal leaders heard—and sent—a clear message to Stratford’s superintendent of schools: No teacher layoffs.

While the nine-member council ultimately voted 8–1 to accept a budget that includes $700,000 in education cuts, they strongly denounced any plans to cut teachers’ jobs. At issue was the superintendent’s proposal to lay off 43 teachers, including half of the district’s reading specialists, in the middle of the current school year. Read more

Teachers Call on Legislators to Address Education Funding in Special Session

Connecticut teachers are urging legislators to take up the critical issue of education funding when they convene for a special session later this month to focus on the draconian cuts devastating the state’s public schools and shortchanging students’ education.

“While we appreciate legislators standing up for our senior citizens, our youngest and most vulnerable citizens are also facing peril with continued school funding cuts that must be addressed,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “The time for action is now. Our children can’t wait until next February. Legislators must take up the issue in special session.” Read more

Please Thank Your Members of Congress and Urge Them to Pass the Dream Act

A Quinnipiac Poll out this week shows that 77 percent of U.S. voters want undocumented young people to be allowed to stay in the country and apply for citizenship. Congress, however, is getting ready to recess for the year, and members still haven’t acted on the Dream Act, a bipartisan bill that would provide undocumented young people with a path to U.S. citizenship.

Teachers in Connecticut support the Dream Act that is crucial for many of their present and former students. Every day that Congress doesn’t act, more than 100 Dreamers lose their legal status and work permit, and the ability to thrive and contribute to our communities.

Connecticut’s U.S. Representatives and Senators all stand in support of the Dream Act. Read more

Act Now: Prevent New Round of Planned Education Cuts

It’s being called “the nightmare before Christmas”—massive new cuts in education funding for cities and towns.

It’s so severe, the only option for many towns is to lay off teachers, right before the holidays. Besides the layoffs, the cuts will put student learning at risk, limit already scarce school resources, eliminate programs, and lead to larger class sizes, all in the middle of the school year.

We need you to contact your state legislators today.

Tell them: Read more

6 Scams to Watch Out for This Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—for scam artists and other would-be thieves. Every time you swipe your credit card at the register or enter your personal information on a website, you risk having your sensitive data fall into the wrong hands. And as you count down the remaining shopping days in the season, you may let down your guard in a mad dash to check everything off your list.

“The holiday season is a busy time for consumers, when we do the majority of our shopping for the year, and hackers are priming themselves for the wave of data coming in,” says Yaron Samid, founder of personal finance app BillGuard (which was acquired by lending site Prosper in October 2015). “This is the Super Bowl of scam season.”

To keep your holidays happy and your identity safe, be wary of these six common scams. Read more

Look for the CEA Advisor in Your Mailbox

The December 2017 – January 2018 edition of the CEA Advisor will be in your mailbox this week. It’s already available to read online. Don’t miss these and other stories.

Connecticut Teachers Honored for Innovation, Excellence

More than 100 teachers took the stage at a ceremony naming the 2018 Teacher of the Year and honoring all the great educators who innovate and inspire.

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CEA Teacher Appreciation Day at Bridgeport Sound Tigers Hockey This Sunday!

Join your colleagues for a special game this Sunday, December 17, at 3 p.m., where teachers and their families receive special recognition.

Get your tickets today.

CEA members save more than 60% on premium seats at select games throughout the season. You and your family pay $16 for seats normally priced at $41.

More CEA Teacher Appreciation Days are coming up this winter at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday, February 10, and Sunday, March 11.

Get Easy Access to the Most Requested NEA Member Deals and Discounts

You’re sitting at your computer, pondering the details of your next vacation, an outing with your kids, or maybe what to have for dinner tonight. You know you have lots of discounts available through your NEA membership, but you’re not sure where to start.

NEA Member Benefits wants to make it easier for you to find the discounts you’re looking for, so they’ve gathered up the most commonly asked questions received through the Member Service Center.

Q: Does NEA offer discounts on laptops?

A: Yes! You can find discounts on laptops and other electronics through NEA Click & Save. Shop Lenovo, HP, Microsoft, Dell, Apple, Samsung and more through the NEA Click & Save Electronics Store.
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Old Saybrook Teachers, School Community Host Fourth Annual Jingle Bell Run

Teachers, students, administrators, and community members all took part in Old Saybrook’s fourth annual Jingle Bell Run.

Saturday’s bright sun and brisk morning temps made for perfect conditions for Old Saybrook’s fourth annual Jingle Bell Run.

A major fundraiser organized by Old Saybrook High School building rep and science teacher Amber Scherber and fellow science teacher Karen Carlone, the December 2 race brought in nearly 100 participants and garnered the strong support of teachers from every school in the district.

“This race is really a collaborative effort of so many educators,” says Carlone. “The Old Saybrook Education Association and the PTO work hand in hand to make it a success.” Read more