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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