Nearly 400 teachers gathered at the Mohegan Sun Expo and Convention Center last night to begin setting policy and electing new leaders at the 171st Connecticut Education Association Representative Assembly (CEA RA). The CEA RA is the Association’s highest policymaking body.
CEA President Jeff Leake and Vice President Tom Nicholas congratulate Stephanie Wanzer on her reelection to the position of CEA secretary and David Jedidian (at right) on his election to the position of CEA treasurer.
CEA President Jeff Leake opened with a warm acknowledgement of teachers’ hard work and dedication. Read more
CEA Retired President Gloria Brown told retired teachers, “This is an extremely important election.”
“Today is a very special day—not only because we’re here together in an air conditioned space instead of in a hot and humid classroom,” CEA President Jeff Leake told members of CEA-Retired, who had gathered for their annual fall conference on an especially hot and stifling September 6. “Today is a particularly special day for us to commemorate because, 40 years ago on the first day of school, only 36 of Bridgeport’s 1,247 teachers showed up for work.”
Leake continued, “Let us remember today what those striking Bridgeport teachers did for this union and teachers across the state. They stood strong, supported by our members from across the state. They were stronger together, and they did not give up.” Read more
At a rally this weekend, Jahana Hayes thanks teachers and other union members for their support. For more rally photos, visit CEA’s Flickr page.
Chanting “Labor is your neighbor,” dozens of union members—including fellow educators—gathered on the Meriden town green Saturday to show their support for teacher-turned-Congressional-candidate Jahana Hayes. Hayes is vying for the House seat in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District.
A former Waterbury educator and Connecticut Teacher of the Year, Hayes was named National Teacher of the Year in 2016 and spent the following year traveling across the country, advocating on behalf of public education, and listening to educators, administrators, community leaders, and others about issues that impact students, families, and communities.
“Jahana is a strong champion and advocate for Connecticut students and teachers,” said CEA President Jeff Leake. “She has overcome numerous challenges and has taken every opportunity to improve her own life and the lives of others. She is exactly the type of person we need fighting for all of us in Congress.” Read more
Waterbury teacher Kevin Egan was elected CEA treasurer at yesterday’s Board of Directors meeting.
The CEA Board of Directors last night elected Waterbury teacher Kevin Egan to the office of CEA treasurer. Egan, the president of the Waterbury Teachers Association, says he is committed to exercising the fiduciary responsibilities of the position with the highest standards of care and restraint.
As CEA enters a new era in the history of labor organizing, Egan says he will do his utmost to ensure that the Association continues to “maintain diligent management of the funds that our member teachers from all over Connecticut faithfully contribute to CEA every year.” Read more
Municipal elections don’t receive the same attention as state or national elections, but that doesn’t mean they are any less important.
Tomorrow voters around Connecticut will have a chance to elect candidates for board of education, town council, finance committee, mayor, and many other municipal offices. These elected officials will have a big say in how their town and school district are run in the years ahead.
As New Canaan teacher Kristine Goldhawk says, “What you teach in the classroom is affected by all of our representatives at the federal level, the state level, and at the local level. They will impact what you are teaching, how you are able to teach, and how many tests you have to give.”
Polls will be open tomorrow from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Look up your polling place here.
Students are feeling and sharing strong emotions as they process the outcome of the presidential election. Teachers are hearing from students excited about Trump’s win and from those who are upset or scared for themselves, their families, or their friends.
Educators often take on the responsibility of fostering tolerance and acceptance of differences among students and making sure every child feels safe. Read more
It’s your opportunity to help improve education policy in Connecticut: Don’t miss out.
Litchfield teachers were the first to take part in a CEA County Forum this fall, and they had a lot to say about how the Every Students Succeeds Act should be implemented in Connecticut. Teachers’ input is invaluable in determining how the new law will impact our students and our profession.
Watch why Litchfield County teachers say you should attend a forum in your county. Register to attend a forum today.
Danbury teachers turned out to meet candidates for State House and Senate and learn where they stand on education issues.
Many people claim to speak for public education, but teachers turn to their fellow teachers when they want to know the truth about an issue—or a candidate for elected office. That’s why some Danbury teachers are working to get the word out to their fellow educators about Connecticut State House and Senate candidates who are truly pro-public education.
At the kickoff of their “Teacher to Teacher, Talk to Ten” campaign, members of NEA Danbury’s Political Action Committee asked teachers to reach out to colleagues at their school and inform them about House and Senate candidates who are endorsed by CEA. Read more
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An unprecedented Superior Court decision has sent shockwaves across the education community in Connecticut. Meanwhile, the long arm of the federal government is reaching into schools with the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). There has never been a more pressing time for teachers to band together and speak out to influence once-in-a-generation judicial, legislative, and regulatory issues.
That’s why CEA is hosting County Forums around the state this October. Attend to
- Learn the latest on how CCJEF and ESSA would impact our classrooms.
- Speak out for our students and our profession.
- Meet with legislators to share our concerns.
Register to attend a forum. Read more