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Teachers Support Teacher Running for Congress

“Jahana Hayes is someone who is not just pro-teacher but has a hands-on understanding of what goes into our profession, the things we need to be successful, and the challenges we face. She has the ability to be really advantageous for us,” says Zach Blain, an East Haddam teacher and the president of his local association.

Blain was among a group of CEA members learning about political activism and organizing at CEA’s Summer Conference this year. The group learned the ins and outs of advocating for pro-public education candidates when they went door knocking for Hayes, a former CEA member and the 2016 National Teacher of the Year. CEA has endorsed Hayes, who is running for Congress in Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District.

Summer Conference attendees Fairfield teacher Marion Richards, Portland teacher Jerome Manning, Glastonbury teacher Miles Lubben, and CREC teacher Jesecia Miller visited CEA members who live in Cheshire this week to get the word out about Jahana Hayes, the Waterbury teacher and 2016 National Teacher of the Year who is running for Congress.

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Speak Up to Protect Public Education and Your Retirement

Legislators decided to delay yesterday’s budget vote, giving you more time to speak out against actions that would hurt your students, your school, your retirement, and your future.

Your voice makes a difference, but some legislators have not yet heard from teachers. Contact them and tell them to

1)   Vote against any teacher retirement cost shift (shifting millions in costs from the state to the towns and putting pressure on school budgets)

2)   Vote against any increase in teacher pension contributions

3)   Vote against any cuts to ECS funding

TAKE ACTION NOW.

If legislators don’t hear from teachers they will believe these issues are not important. You can change that. CLICK HERE and tell your legislators why they must vote against any attacks on students, teachers, and public education.

New CEA TV Ad Amplifies Calls to Invest in All Public Schools

protect-fundingA new CEA public awareness TV ad featuring CEA members and Connecticut students starts playing on Connecticut TV stations this week. The spot highlights the need for the state to invest in all public schools, not divide schools, parents, and communities into clear winners and losers.

“All of our students deserve to be winners and have the resources needed to succeed and achieve,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen.

The state currently underfunds public education by more than $700 million per year. Rather than focusing on a sustainable revenue stream that allows Connecticut to fulfill its constitutional obligation to fully fund public education for all children, the governor’s proposed budget divides existing funds, creating winners and losers. Read more

Voters Send Clear Message: Invest in Public Schools, Create New Revenue System

state-budget-fbFed up with continuous budget deficits, Connecticut voters want their state legislators to take action and create a budget that works for all of us—but not on the backs of our children and families.

According to a new survey, voters say improving Connecticut’s future means investing in public schools and creating a new, fairer tax system that keeps taxes low for the middle class and asks corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share.

“Voters want to protect public education, children, the economy, and jobs, and they do not want these priorities to be undermined by the next state budget,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “This is the first time we have heard directly from voters regarding how they want Connecticut to handle the state’s fiscal crisis, and their concerns should be used as the foundation for moving forward.” Read more