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Retired Teachers Urged to Speak Up and Vote

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

Underfunding by Legislature Leads to Changes to Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance

A change to the retired teachers’ health insurance program that was adopted by the State Teachers’ Retirement Board (TRB) this month will impact retired teachers and spouses who are on—or will soon be on—the TRB’s Medicare supplement (65 and older) plan.

The new base plan will actually have a lower premium ($134 per person, per month) and it will be a Medicare Advantage plan through Anthem. The TRB will continue to offer the current Stirling plan, but it will be a buy-up, at $259 per person, per month, for the full package that includes drugs, dental, vision, and hearing coverage. Read more

Retired Teachers Meet Face to Face With Legislators to Discuss Policy Issues

CEA-Retired Legislative Committee Co-Chairs Myles Cohen and Karen O’Connell.

“I find it’s important to stay involved in our Association and pay it forward,” said John Battista, one of nearly 200 retired Connecticut educators who converged on the Legislative Office Building this week for Retired Teachers Lobby Day. The event, a joint effort of CEA-Retired, the Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut (ARTC), and AFT Connecticut, brought longtime educators and their elected officials face to face to discuss issues important to both retired and active teachers.

Battista, a former physical education teacher in Westbrook, said, “I wasn’t an advocate early in my career, but over time I developed a passion for the issues critical to active and retired teachers. Teachers are the most important part of our economy. I want to see our profession lifted up to where it should be. ” Read more

National Teacher of the Year Thanks Retired Educators

CEA Retired President Gloria Brown.

CEA-Retired President Gloria Brown.

The nearly 200 retired teachers gathered this morning for the CEA-Retired Fall Issues Conference were reminded of why they went into teaching and everything they love about it still.

“We will always care about public education,” said CEA-Retired President Gloria Brown. “Our organization provides many opportunities for retired members to continue to be active in public education.”
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CEA-R Fall Conference Expands Retirees’ Horizons

CEA-Retired President Gloria Brown

CEA-Retired President Gloria Brown told retirees at a fall conference today, “Teachers are lifelong learners.”

Expand your Horizons: Learn more. Travel more. Volunteer more. That was the theme of today’s CEA-Retired Fall Issues Conference at the Aqua Turf in Southington. More than 200 CEA-R members learned about new programs that can help them remain active, continue learning, and make a difference.

“Teachers are lifelong learners, and today’s conference introduced retired teachers to a number of different organizations that can help make a difference in their lives and allow them to remain intellectually stimulated and socially involved,” said CEA-R President Gloria Brown.

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Many retired teachers search for opportunities for intellectual development, cultural stimulation, and social interaction, and in Connecticut there are many opportunities for retirees to do just that. Read more

CEA-Retired Members Speak Up at the State Capitol

CEA-Retired member Karen O'Connell talked with State Representative Jeffrey Curry about the problems with SBAC.

CEA-Retired member Karen O’Connell talked with State Representative Jeffrey Currey about the problems with SBAC.

While many of their former colleagues were busy in the classroom today, retired teachers did their part to improve education in Connecticut by talking with their elected representatives at the State Capitol. More than 80 retired teachers — members of CEA-Retired, AFT Connecticut, and the Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut — sought out their legislators to discuss issues important to students and teachers.

CEA-Retired member and former East Hartford teacher Karen O’Connell met with her state representative, Jeffrey Currey, and talked with him about several issues including the problems with SBAC testing. “I told him the tests are developmentally inappropriate and urged him to amend bill 1095 to ensure less testing and more learning,” O’Connell said. She told Currey that progress monitoring tests offer a better picture of children’s progress than the SBAC tests do.

O’Connell said Currey had many questions about SBAC and expressed concerns about the instructional time that is lost during the two weeks of testing. Read more

Retirees to Meet with Legislators and Discuss Important Education Issues

CEA-Retired members

CEA-Retired members listen to speakers at en educational session during last year’s Retired Teachers Lobby Day.

All CEA-Retired members are invited to join hundreds of their retired colleagues at the Retired Teachers Lobby Day at the State Capitol in Hartford on April 29. CEA-Retired members will be joined by their retired colleagues from AFT Connecticut and the Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut to meet face-to-face with legislators and speak about issues of importance to retirees and active teachers.

“Last year, more than 30 CEA-R members participated in the lobby day event and made a real difference in getting important legislation passed exempting a portion of teacher pensions from state income tax,” said CEA-R President Gloria Brown. “This year, we hope more members will join us and help get our message out to legislators.”

The agenda includes an educational session starting at 10 a.m., followed by one-on-one meetings with legislators. The day will conclude with a luncheon meeting where retirees will hear directly from more than a dozen legislators.

CEA-Retired members can contact their county representative if they would like to attend.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late – Lobby for Issues That Make a Difference

“You’ve made a difference in the lives of so many children,” CEA President Sheila Cohen told more than 100 retirees at the CEA Retired Annual Spring Meeting at the Aqua Turf...

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Retired Teachers Ask Legislators to Honor Commitments

CEA Retired members listen to CEA Retirement Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho explain the details of legislative proposals during a retired teachers' lobby day this morning.

CEA Retired members listened to CEA Retirement Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho explain the details of legislative proposals during a retired teachers’ lobby day this morning at the State Capitol.

Retired teachers turned out in droves today at the State Capitol to tell their legislators why it’s so important that the state fully honor its commitments to retirees. “It’s extremely important to be here today,” said CEA Retired member Althea Carr. “Our legislators need to know about the issues that concern us.”

“If legislators don’t hear from us, they won’t know what issues are important to us – and they work for us,” said Ann Grosjean. Read more

Members of CEA Retired Encouraged to Support Their Younger Colleagues

CEA Vice President Jeff Leake.

CEA Vice President Jeff Leake.

Never have teachers been required to deal with so much change simultaneously—from new teacher evaluation to Common Core State Standards—but they can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that retired teachers have their backs.

That was the message from CEA Vice President Jeff Leake to more than 200 retired teachers at the September CEA Retired Fall Meeting at the Aqua Turf today.

Leake said, “We rely on you so much, and we need your activism to advocate for public education.”

CEA Retired President Gloria Brown

CEA Retired President Gloria Brown.

Just back from a regional organizing conference in Quincy, Mass., Leake urged retirees to bring their communities together to support high-quality schools.

“Let’s commit to re-engaging and organizing our communities,” he told the audience.

CEA Retired President Gloria Brown said the retirees have been actively recruiting members and have seen record growth in the past year—more than 300 new members have joined CEA Retired.

CEA Retired Annual Meeting“Even though we are no longer in the classroom, we, of course, care about children and our colleagues. It’s in our hearts and blood, and as retired teachers we have unique opportunities to help improve public education in Connecticut,” said Brown.

Brown urged all members to stay active and involved by attending meetings, contacting legislators, and staying informed on the issues by reading the CEA Advisor, visiting the CEA Retired website, and attending meetings. A series of Retired County Meetings is scheduled this fall, and dates are posted online. The CEA Retired Annual Spring Meeting is scheduled for May 21, 2014, at the Aqua Turf.