The next couple of weeks the Connecticut General Assembly will be enacting education reform legislation that will dramatically impact students, teachers and education in Connecticut. As educators we have firsthand knowledge of the issues facing public education in our state and across the nation. Sure there is room for improvement. We welcome the opportunity to sit and discuss changes in teacher evaluation, certification and tenure (the issue is really fair dismissal).
How can we have a fair and frank discussion of the issues when Connecticut’s Governor asserts that teachers need only show up for work to earn tenure? A comment like that does little to open the door to dialogue but rather slams the door in our face. We are professionals. Education reform should start at the top, how can this governor or any governor that publically belittles teachers lead the crusade of education reform?
On Tuesday, April 24th & Wednesday, April 25th teachers from across the state will rally at the Capitol in Hartford. Now is the time to stand up for children, teachers and public education. We have e-mailed, made phone calls sent letters, etc. The time has come to stand tall, side by side with your colleagues, friends & neighbors and let our legislators see the faces of Connecticut teachers and let our voices be heard. If not us, then who will speak on our behalf? Please, please if necessary, pack up the kids and bring them along for it is really about children.
It is time for Connecticut Senators and Representatives to fully understand that it is not just about teachers keeping jobs but about public education and our most precious resource our children. I think too often government officials lose sight of the fact that we are mothers, fathers, grandparents, brothers, sisters as well as teachers and taxpayers. It is time to stop the rhetoric. Change is needed but it should come about through honest discussion. Let the politicians see us and hear our voices.
In New Haven County buses will be available on Wednesday, April 25th, please go www.CEA.org to register.
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