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CEA Members Represent Colleagues, Make a Difference for Students at NEA Representative Assembly

CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas speaks to a New Business Item that calls for the immediate end to the detention and criminalization of immigrant children and their families.

Sunday wrapped up the 157th National Education Association Representative Assembly (NEA RA) in Houston, Texas—a convening of nearly 7,000 NEA members from across the country representing their colleagues and their profession.

Delegates discussed and debated 160 New Business Items ultimately adopting more than 60, including one initiated by CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas. This New Business Item calls on NEA to conduct a study to examine the feasibility of self insuring the risks covered by the Educators Employment Liability insurance, a move that could save the union money, while ensuring greater security for members.

Nicholas also proposed an amendment to a New Business Item that successfully passed. It calls on the government and courts for the immediate end to the detention and criminalization of immigrant children and their families. Read more

CEA Members Head to Houston to Represent CT Colleagues

CEA-Retired President Gloria Brown, CEA President Jeff Leake, and CEA-Aspiring Educators Chair Katie Grant are ready for the NEA RA.

CEA members are trading warm Connecticut temperatures for the truly hot weather of Houston this week—all in the name of representing their fellow teachers at the NEA Representative Assembly (NEA RA).

More than 100 CEA members are joining the nearly 7,000 elected delegates who are representing their colleagues around the nation. The world’s largest deliberative body is meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center this year.

A highlights of this year’s RA will be a Presidential Forum from 3-5 p.m. EDT on July 5, where a number of 2020 presidential candidates will answer questions submitted by NEA members about the future of public education. Confirmed attendees include former Vice President Joe Biden, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Sen. Kamala Harris, Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Rep. Tim Ryan, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Read more

Connecticut Educators Reenergized by Work at NEA RA, Ready to Face New Challenges

Southington teachers Mark Hill and Dan Hart wear Red For Ed.

Delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly (RA) are ready to utilize the power of the burgeoning Red for Ed movement to meet new challenges to public education head on. After a week full of hard work on behalf of the more than 3 million NEA members around the country, CEA members who were elected to represent Connecticut teachers are now heading home from Minneapolis reenergized and ready to share lessons learned with their colleagues.

Educators spent the lion’s share of their time at the Minneapolis Convention Center debating and adopting new policy statements, resolutions, amendments to existing policies, and more than 100 new business items, which, taken together, create a detailed NEA education policy blueprint for the upcoming year.

Some of the new energy fueling educators also comes from the inspiring leaders delegates heard from throughout the six-day event. Read more

CEA Members Inspired by Former Political Prisoner’s Commitment to Students

Bahrain teacher

Bahrain Teachers’ Association Vice President Jalila Al-Salman shared her story with CEA members.

Standing up for students and the teaching profession is central to what it means to be a teacher, but in some places around the world, it can land you in prison.

That’s what happened to Jalila Al-Salman a Bahraini teacher and vice president of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association (BTA), who is currently a guest of the CEA delegation to the NEA Representative Assembly (RA).

In 2011, Sl-Salman helped to organize teacher strikes through the BTA in support of pro-democracy protests that were part of the international Arab Spring. She and other educators demanded reforms to Bahrain’s educational system, and advocated an end to the killing and suppression of protestors—a large percentage of whom were students. Read more

Teachers Stand Strong With Their Union in Minneapolis

Bridgeport teachers Ana Batista and Tiffany Ladson Lang are just two of the more than 100 CEA members representing their colleagues in Minneapolis this week.

In her keynote address to open the NEA Representative Assembly (RA) today, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García told the more than 6,000 educators gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center, “These are dark days, but Martin Luther King reminded us, ‘…only when it’s dark enough can you see the stars.’ And we have seen true stars align. We have seen the people march and speak up and refuse to be silent and refuse to pretend; we have seen the resistance rise.”

This RA is taking place in the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, a case bankrolled by corporate interests, which seeks to weaken labor unions and steal the voice of students and teachers. However the Janus case isn’t the only attack educators have been uniting against recently. Read more

NEA Leaders Applaud Connecticut, Stress Teachers’ Strength

NEA Executive Director John Stocks, who recognized Connecticut on the floor of the RA Monday, stopped by the 7 a.m. CEA Caucus today to speak with members.

“All across the country, you are demonstrating that we have the resolve to fight for what’s right for our students and educators, the resilience to take a hit and bounce back, the audacity to demand respect, and the relentless will to win,” NEA Executive Director John Stocks told delegates at the NEA Representative Assembly (RA) Monday.

“In school after school, campus after campus, local after local, state after state, it is you who are giving voice to the needs of our students, educators, and public education,” he said.

Stocks specifically recognized the teachers in the Connecticut delegation for one of the important victories educators have achieved in recent months. He led the more than 7,500 delegates from across the country in applauding CEA’s success in preventing 22.5 percent of teachers’ evaluations from being tied to state mastery test scores. Read more

Connecticut Teachers Joining National Colleagues for 2017 NEA RA

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García joined the CEA Caucus, including NEA Director John Horrigan and CEA Executive Director Don Williams, in Boston this morning.

Some of your Connecticut colleagues are in Boston this week as members of the world’s largest democratic deliberative body: the NEA Representative Assembly (RA). The more than 100 CEA members are some of the over 7,500 elected delegates who are representing three million NEA members.

Delegates will debate the vital issues that affect American public education and set NEA policy and activities for the year ahead.

Earlier this year, CEA members elected their peers to represent their concerns as delegates to the NEA RA. Delegates represent state and local affiliates, student members, retired members, and other segments of the NEA membership. Read more

National Teacher of the Year Says Union Support Has Allowed Her to Soar

Waterbury high school teacher and National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes speaks at the NEA Representative Assembly July 7. Photo by Scott Iskowitz/NEA.

Waterbury high school teacher and National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes spoke at the NEA Representative Assembly July 7. Photo by Scott Iskowitz/NEA.

In addition to being an inspirational and dynamic teacher with a compelling story, National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes is also a proud union member. Addressing the 7,500 NEA members gathered for the last day of the NEA Representative Assembly Thursday, she told the educators, “I am able to soar because my union keeps me grounded.”

Hayes, a history at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, knows all too well that teachers can accomplish more for their students when they join together and have the support of a union. She thanked CEA President Sheila Cohen, Waterbury Teachers Association President Kevin Egan, and her Waterbury colleagues for their support. Read more

NEA RA Delegates Hear from Clinton on Supporting Students, Teachers

“If I’m fortunate enough to be elected president, educators will have a partner in the White House—and you’ll always have a seat at the table,” Hillary Clinton told delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly today. “I have this idea that when we’re making decisions about education, we should actually listen to educators.”

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee talked to the over 7,500 elected delegates from around the country, including 130 from Connecticut, about the need to provide all children with a high-quality education, reduce the emphasis on testing, and give more much-needed support to educators.

“Tests should get back to their original purpose and provide useful information to teachers and parents so that you know and parents know how our kids and schools are doing in order to help them improve,” Clinton said. “When you’re forced to teach to a test, our children miss out on some of the most valuable lessons and experiences they can gain in the classroom. And it hurts our low-income kids and communities the most.” Read more

CT Teachers Celebrate the Fourth While Hard at Work in D.C.

CT at NEA RAThis July Fourth, some of your Connecticut colleagues are busy in Washington, D.C., serving as members of the world’s largest democratic deliberative body: the NEA Representative Assembly (RA). From July 4-7, 130 CEA members are joining the over 7,500 elected delegates who are representing three million NEA members. Delegates will debate the vital issues that affect American public education and set NEA policy and activities for the year ahead.

Earlier this year, CEA members elected their peers to represent their concerns as delegates to the NEA RA. Delegates represent state and local affiliates, student members, retired members, and other segments of the NEA membership. Read more