Legislators may vote on a new state budget this week. A new plan unveiled by Governor Malloy would lessen the school funding cuts that were part of his executive order, but it would also impose new cuts on cities and towns that will impact school budgets.
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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
How are Connecticut schools funded? Where does the money come from? What would adequate and equitable school funding look like? What is CCJEF vs. Rell? These questions and more will be answered at the School Funding Equity Summit at Central Connecticut State University on February 17.
Panelists will include Michael Frechette of CCSU and Nancy Haynes, the former business manager of Middletown Public Schools. The keynote address will be given by James Finley, president of Finley Governmental Strategies and Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) principal consultant.
The event will take place from 5:30-7:10 p.m. on February 17 at the Vance Academic Building, Room 105, Central Connecticut State University.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.