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Only 4 Days Until Election Day! Are You Ready?

Election Day is right around the corner. If you’re still deciding who to vote for, check out where the candidates stand on education issues at cea.org/reportcard.

Polls will be open 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. on November 6. If you still need to register to vote, you can go to your town hall on Election Day—just don’t wait until 7:58!

Not sure where to go to vote? You can look up your polling place here.

You can preview exactly what and who will be on your town’s ballet by looking at a sample ballot.

Below, watch CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas and CEA President Jeff Leake explain why it’s so important to vote this Election Day.

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

Get Out Tuesday and Vote!

Municipal elections don’t receive the same attention as state or national elections, but that doesn’t mean they are any less important.

Tomorrow voters around Connecticut will have a chance to elect candidates for board of education, town council, finance committee, mayor, and many other municipal offices. These elected officials will have a big say in how their town and school district are run in the years ahead.

As New Canaan teacher Kristine Goldhawk says, “What you teach in the classroom is affected by all of our representatives at the federal level, the state level, and at the local level. They will impact what you are teaching, how you are able to teach, and how many tests you have to give.”

Polls will be open tomorrow from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Look up your polling place here.

Teachers Tell Colleagues: Education is Political, Get Out and Vote

Teachers from around Connecticut are urging their colleagues to get out and vote this November 8. For better or worse, many decisions affecting public education are made by elected officials.

As New Canaan teacher Kristine Goldhawk says, “What you teach in the classroom is affected by all of our representatives at the federal level, the state level, and at the local level. They will impact what you are teaching, how you are able to teach, how many tests you have to give.”

For information on CEA endorsed candidates, click here.

It’s National Voter Registration Day—Are You Registered?

American FlagMillions of Americans miss out on the opportunity to vote every year because they don’t meet deadlines or don’t know how to register. National Voter Registration Day attempts to right this wrong and make sure every person who is eligible to vote and wants to do so is registered.

National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan effort focused on our right as citizens to vote and have our voices heard. If you aren’t registered, or you know someone who isn’t, please check out the information below.

How to register to vote in Connecticut Read more

Obama and Romney on Education

During last night’s first presidential debate President Obama and Governor Romney mentioned education 20 times. Here’s some of what they had to say.

President Obama

I want to hire another hundred thousand new math and science teachers and create two million more slots in our community colleges so that people can get trained for the jobs that are out there right now. And I want to make sure that we keep tuition low for our young people.

We’ve seen layoffs of hundreds of thousands of teachers over the last several years, and Governor Romney doesn’t think we need more teachers. I do, because I think that that is the kind of investment where the federal government can help. It can’t do it all, but it can make a difference, and as a consequence, we’ll have a better-trained workforce, and that will create jobs, because companies want to locate in places where we’ve got a skilled workforce.

Governor Romney

I happen to believe — I want the kids that are getting federal dollars from IDEA or — or Title I — these are disabled kids or — or poor kids or — or lower-income kids, rather. I want them to be able to go to the school of their choice. So all federal funds, instead of going to the — to the state or to the school district, I’d have go — if you will, follow the child and let the parent and the child decide where to send their — their — their student.


How do we get schools to be more competitive? Let’s grade them. I propose we grade our schools so parents know which schools are succeeding and failing, so they can take their child to a — to a school that’s being more successful. I don’t — I don’t want to cut our commitment to education; I wanted to make it more effective and efficient.

Read the complete transcript of last night’s presidential debate here. Watch the entire debate here.

NEA Endorses Obama

In the presidential election, President Obama and challenger Governor Romney have starkly different views on many issues, including education. Visit EducationVotes.org, for a comparison of where the candidates stand on the issues that matter to America’s educators.

CEA Endorses State and National Candidates

CEA has endorsed candidates who support and advocate on behalf of students and teachers. Read about the endorsement process, and review the endorsed candidates for the State House of Representatives, State Senate, and U.S. Congress on CEA’s website.