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CEA Teachers, Leaders to Appropriations Committee: We Need Full, Fair Education Funding

CEA leaders and members today called on the Appropriations Committee to restore ECS funding, support retired teachers, and fund the state’s new teacher induction program.

Quality public education does not happen without adequate funding.

That was the message from CEA teachers and leaders who held a news conference at the Legislative Office Building this afternoon. The news conference came in advance of a public hearing before the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, where teachers pushed for the restoration of education cost share (ECS) funding for schools, critical programs that support new teachers, and a budget that ensures veteran teachers who have dedicated their professional lives to Connecticut’s children can retire with dignity.

“Our students and teachers are dealing with the destructive consequences of budget cuts, including fewer resources, the elimination of programs, teacher layoffs, and increases in class size,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “Legislators must restore public school funding so that all students have the critical resources, tools, and support they need to achieve.” Read more

CEA Members Continue to Press for TEAM Funding

Ridgefield teacher Liz Misiewicz called on members of the State Board of Education to support restoration of TEAM funding.

Connecticut’s Teacher Education And Mentoring (TEAM) program is one of the nation’s most highly regarded induction and support programs for new teachers. After state funding for the program was unexpectedly eliminated from the new state budget, CEA has continued to strongly advocate for a restoration of TEAM funding.

At the State Board of Education meeting in January, CEA leaders and staff joined Ridgefield teacher Liz Misiewicz and Bridgeport new teacher coordinator and TEAM facilitator Michael Brosnan in calling on members to support the restoration of TEAM funding. Read more

TEAM, Certification Requirements, Professional Development – What You Need to Know About Important Changes

TEAM replacing BEST, new certification requirements, professional development committees – legislative changes are affecting teachers in Connecticut and you and your colleagues need to be informed.  Don’t wait until changes have already occurred in your district and it’s too late for you to have a voice.

Come to one of CEA’s Professional Issues Updates to learn more about the changes, find out how you can have input in your district, and understand how CEA can help your local.

CEA is encouraging a five to six person team from every local association to attend an update.  Your team ideally will include your local president, one or two other executive board members, and three teachers willing to serve as your local association’s information contacts for professional development, TEAM, and certification information.

There are five more Professional Issues Updates occurring this fall (dates and locations below).  If you haven’t already signed up for one, go to www.cea.org, find Upcoming Events on the left side of the homepage, and click on the Professional Issues Update session you are interested in attending.

  • Tuesday, October 20 – Red Barn restaurant, 292 Wilton Rd., Westport
  • Thursday, October 22 ‐ Mystic Marriott, 625 North Rd., Groton
  • Monday, October 26 – Inn at Woodstock, 94 Plaine Hill Rd., Woodstock
  • Tuesday, October 27 – Eli’s on Whitney, 2392 Whitney Ave., Hamden
  • Thursday, November 19 – Georgina’s, 275 Boston Turnpike, Bolton

All sessions will begin with registration and hors d’oeuvres at 4:00 pm, followed by the presentation and a Question and Answer period from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

For more information, or if you have questions, contact Linette Branham at linetteb@cea.org.

Legislative Changes and How They Affect You: Attend a CEA Update to Learn More

CEA is offering Professional Issues Updates this fall at locations around Connecticut.  We are encouraging teams from every local association to attend and hear about 2009 legislative changes that affect you and your district.

Some of the important issues that will be discussed at these update sessions include:

  • Updated information about the TEAM program which will replace BEST
  • Explanation of changes to certification that were passed this year
  • Information about a new requirement that districts have professional development committees that include bargaining unit representatives.

We are encouraging a five to six person team from every local association to attend an update session.  Your team ideally will include your local president, one or two other executive board members, and three teachers willing to serve as your local association’s information contacts for professional development, TEAM, and certification information.

To sign up for one of the Professional Issues Updates go to www.cea.org. On the left side of the homepage find Upcoming Events and click on the Professional Issues Update session you are interested in attending.

The sessions will be held on the dates and at the locations listed below.

  • Tuesday, October 13 – Chowder Pot , 165 Brainard Rd., Hartford
  • Thursday, October 15 – Crystal Peak, 164 Torrington Rd., Winchester
  • Tuesday, October 20 – Red Barn restaurant, 292 Wilton Rd., Westport
  • Thursday, October 22 ‐ Mystic Marriott, 625 North Rd., Groton
  • Monday, October 26 – Inn at Woodstock, 94 Plaine Hill Rd., Woodstock
  • Tuesday, October 27 – Eli’s on Whitney, 2392 Whitney Ave., Hamden
  • Thursday, November 19 – Georgina’s, 275 Boston Turnpike, Bolton

All sessions will begin with registration and hors d’oeuvres at 4:00 pm, followed by the presentation and a Question and Answer period from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

For more information, or if you have questions, contact Linette Branham at linetteb@cea.org.