At a town budget meeting December 18, hundreds of teachers, students, and community members made their views known by carrying signs and wearing stickers that said, “Cuts Hurt Kids,” “Fund Public Schools,” and “Every Student Matters. Every Teacher Matters.”
A tremendous turnout of Stratford educators, families, and CEA leaders and staff at a special budget meeting of the new town council last night ensured that municipal leaders heard—and sent—a clear message to Stratford’s superintendent of schools: No teacher layoffs.
While the nine-member council ultimately voted 8–1 to accept a budget that includes $700,000 in education cuts, they strongly denounced any plans to cut teachers’ jobs. At issue was the superintendent’s proposal to lay off 43 teachers, including half of the district’s reading specialists, in the middle of the current school year. Read more
When teachers come together and stand up to the forces behind privatizing our public schools they can make a big difference.
A major force pushing privatization, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), has made headlines in recent years for advancing extreme right-wing legislation and attacking public schools and unions. A number of businesses support ALEC financially, making its attacks possible.
This September, Enterprise Holdings, Inc. (comprising the brands Enterprise, Alamo, and National Rent-A-Car – EAN), came under fire in the media for its paid association with ALEC.
NEA Member Benefits, which is dedicated to maximizing NEA members’ hard-earned dollars through consumer discounts and special travel and leisure offers, had enjoyed a successful, long-term business partnership with Enterprise. When Enterprise’s association with ALEC came to light, NEA members quickly came together and voiced their opposition. Read more