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CEA Advisor in Your Mailbox This Week

The April CEA Advisor will soon be in your mailbox and is already available online. Get real-time answers about the pandemic’s immediate and longer-term impact on public education, and see the creative, heartfelt, and inspiring ways your colleagues are adapting to new ways of delivering instruction and connecting with their students.

Below is the column by CEA President Jeff Leake, Vice President Tom Nicholas, and Executive Director Donald Williams that appears on page 2 of the Advisor.

Navigating COVID-19: Stronger Together

These are uncertain times. Unprecedented actions are being taken to prevent the greater spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused major disruptions to our lives, our communities, and the world—the likes of which we have never experienced. We are in uncharted territory, with more questions than answers, leaving us all to do our best to mitigate against the effects of the coronavirus. Read more

Read All the Latest from CEA in the Online Summer Edition of the CEA Advisor

The Summer 2019 issue of the CEA Advisor is now online! This issue is published online only and will not be mailed to your home. Be sure to take advantage of hot summer savings for teachers at Six Flags, Red Sox, Yankees, UConn football, and more; squeeze in a good book; and check out these and other stories.

#StrongPublicSchools, Election 2020 Focus of NEA RA

More than 100 CEA members traveled to Texas to strengthen their ranks, mobilize for public education, and elect education-friendly leaders.

Golf Tournament Supports Children’s Fund

Teachers teed off and scored big wins for students at the Connecticut Education Foundation’s 25th annual Hands Across the Green tournament.

The Absence of Play

Educators and administrators talk about what’s missing in many of today’s classrooms, as well as how—and why—to bring it back.

Connecticut’s New Education Commissioner

“Energetic, progressive, and collaborative” is how CEA President Jeff Leake describes the former Meriden teacher tapped to lead the State Department of Education.

Special Edition of the CEA Advisor in Your Mailbox

You may have already received your special edition of the CEA Advisor—if not it will be in your mailbox soon. Like all issues, you can also read it online.

With a new school year Connecticut teachers are facing many challenges and opportunities, some familiar and some new. Learn more about

Don’t Miss the Online-Only Summer CEA Advisor

The Summer 2018 edition of the CEA Advisor is now available. This issue is published online only and will not be mailed to your home. Check out these and other stories.

In the Face of Supreme Court Ruling, Teachers Stand Strong

What does the Janus v. AFSCME decision mean for you, and what happens next?

CEA Vows to Continue Fight for Classroom Safety

CEA is on a new task force working on a law to protect teachers and students.

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Read the Latest in the CEA Advisor

The May–June 2018 edition of the CEA Advisor is now online. Watch for it in your mailbox next week. Don’t miss these and other stories.

Legislative Wrap-Up
Connecticut teachers score important victories at the State Capitol. 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 Advisor Showcases Student, Teacher Innovation and More

innovation on display, summer

From a 3-D printed boot for a disabled Mystic Aquarium penguin to environmentally friendly ice melt to a solar house design, students and teachers from across the state showcased innovative ways they are using technology in the classroom to promote teaching and learning.

Read about these technology-driven projects and much more in the summer issue of the CEA Advisor, an online-only edition.

Other articles featured in this issue include

Column: The New Pinkertons

CEA Advisor April 2011CEA Executive Director John Yrchik has a great column in the April CEA Advisor. You should be receiving your Advisor in the mail any day now if you haven’t already. You can also always read the CEA Advisor online.  John’s column is reprinted below.

The New Pinkertons

Clashes between striking workers and Pinkerton guards in the 19th century formed a sad and bloody chapter in American history. Hired by some of the country’s wealthiest citizens in America’s Gilded Age, members of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency infiltrated unions, protected strikebreakers, and worked to keep union supporters out of plants and mines.

The new Pinkertons don’t use clubs. They use legislation. Their objective is the same, however—to destroy or to otherwise cripple unions. Unless you’ve been living in a desert hut, you know that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and a Republican-dominated legislature took away bargaining rights that public employees have had for more than 50 years.

In neighboring Ohio, Governor John Kasich signed into law a bill that dealt a mortal blow to public employee collective bargaining rights. While teachers and others will still be able to negotiate wages and certain working conditions, they will not be able to negotiate health benefits or sick time. Future wage increases will not be based on seniority, but merit. The bill also bans automatic payroll deduction for political expenditures and eliminates agency fee collections.

Butch Otter, Governor of Idaho, signed into law two bills that would restrict collective bargaining rights for teachers, eliminate continuing contracts for new teachers, and implement a pay-for-performance plan. The new laws are part of what State Schools Superintendent Tom Luna calls his “Students Come First” agenda. Not to be cheeky, but students didn’t ask to restrict teachers’ collective bargaining rights or get rid of tenure. Let’s be clear about what this really is—some adults beating the hell out of other adults in the name of students.

A bill in Tennessee would ban collective bargaining altogether. It was introduced less than a year after the Tennessee Education Association collaborated with the state and other education stakeholders to secure Race to the Top funding.

The national picture is truly bleak. NEA affiliates in Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, Florida, and Alabama are facing serious threats in the areas of professional rights, employee rights, and union rights. Conservative politicians are seeking to drain union coffers even as they make frontal assaults on the institution of public employee unionism and seek the diminution of the stature of teachers.

It’s helpful to remember that the climate in Connecticut would be very different today if the 2010 election had gone 5,000 votes the other way. And, although we’ve been somewhat insulated to date, we have not been altogether immune from the wave of national hostility toward teachers and other public employees. A barrage of negative advertising about Connecticut schools and a private think tank’s calls for an end to seniority as a factor in layoffs possess an eerie resonance with events in the rest of the country.

More than ever before, the eddies of events in Wisconsin, Idaho, and other states are finding their way to our state. These forces embolden those hostile to the things for which we stand. The environment will continue to grow more challenging for us. The future will require more active intervention in the challenges of public education, discernment about what constitutes good policy, grassroots involvement in the political process, and, above all, unity. In the last several years, we have begun to respond to these external threats. Much work remains to be done.

February-March CEA Advisor in Your Mailbox

The February-March CEA Advisor arrived at members’ homes this week.  If you prefer to read an electronic copy, click here.

This issue features stories about potential cuts for CommPACT schools, Race to the Top, a Farmington teacher’s new book, SRBI, and much more.

Ballots for electing delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly are also included on the last page of this issue – so make sure to vote and mail in your ballot.

Connecticut’s 2010 Teacher of the Year Featured in the Advisor

Kristi Luetjen, a kindergarten teacher at Whiting Lane Elementary in West Hartford, is Connecticut’s 2010 Teacher of the Year.  She is featured in the December-January CEA Advisor, which will soon be arriving at your home.

The video below was filmed October 14, immediately after Luetjen was named Connecticut Teacher of the Year.  She speaks about being named Teacher of the Year, her work with special education students, and how she has brought yoga into the classroom.