From CEA: We Will Rise UP

Next week on May 1st in cities, towns, and communities across the country, activists will Rise Up to demonstrate the power, resistance, and strength of a social justice movement that is gaining strength and influence by the day. Change is happening – in town halls, in school board meetings – and in the streets of America.
Will you Stand in Solidarity with your fellow educators, students and communities?

  

NEA is partnering with community groups and activists across the country to “Build Schools, Not Walls.” Educators will join together with neighbors, friends, and allies to raise awareness, educate, and mobilize. We will Rise Up to ensure that we have welcoming schools that support immigrant students and their families. We will Rise Up to speak out against hate and bias. We will Rise Up to demand the resources for schools and opportunities for all students no matter where they live or what they look like.

Every School a Sanctuary 
 
Want to do more? Marches, Walk-ins, Rallies, and Town Halls are happening all around the country. Click here to find an action near you.
Are you organizing a May 1st Rise Up event? Tell us about it.
 
We can’t wait. We won’t wait. – Education Justice Starts Here.
 
Thanks,

The NEAEdJustice Team

Save the Date: May 18 Rally

I am writing to let you know about an important rally CEA is organizing at the State Capitol in Hartford on Thursday, May 18, at 5:00 p.m.

We are urging legislators to reject any budget proposal that shifts the state’s responsibility for education funding and teacher retirement onto Connecticut’s cities and towns.

As you know, a cost shift such as this will result in higher property taxes as well as painful cuts to public education. Cuts to local school budgets will translate into teacher layoffs, larger class sizes, a reduction in critical student support services, and in many districts, the elimination of programs such as foreign language and full-day kindergarten.

Our message to the governor and state lawmakers is Keep Your Promise: Fund Our Retirement.

Remember, we are stronger together. Legislators are much more likely to understand the consequences of such a plan if they see the very people who will be affected by it: teachers, students, parents and members of the communities they serve and represent.

Please come—be seen—and be heard—on May 18.

 

 

CEA Advisor: ‘Student Assault and Aggressive Behavior’

STUDENT ASSAULT AND AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR
CEA PROTECTS TEACHERS AND CHILDREN AGAINST THIS GROWING PROBLEM
I loved my job. But then one day I no longer recognized my classroom. It wasn’t the fun, friendly place it used to be. No one felt safe. No one was learning. The principal shrugged. ‘Get used to it,’ he said. I would never get used to it.
When they begin their careers, teachers imagine creating a secure, welcoming, and stimulating environment where they’ll inspire
generations of young thinkers and learners. Long before their careers
are over, however, many teachers find themselves trapped in
classrooms that are unstructured, unsustainable, and unsafe.
In Connecticut and nationwide, a steady rise in student aggression,
especially among younger children—combined with a lack of
administrative support in addressing the problem—is pushing new and
veteran teachers to leave the profession and the students they love.
“This is unacceptable,” says CEA President Sheila Cohen. “The path to
earning a teaching certificate is rigorous and challenging.
Connecticut has some of the best, most dedicated teachers anywhere—
professionals who come to the classroom with all the preparation
and enthusiasm they need to make a lasting, positive impact on their
students’ lives. That dream is crushed every time a student is allowed to
threaten, attack, abuse, and return to the classroom. We need to ensure
that for teachers, dealing with student assault does not simply
‘come with the territory.’ Everyone has the basic right to work without
fear of abuse.”
Though the problem of assault by younger children is underestimated,
Roblin Kaplan-Cho says this demographic accounts for most of the calls she receives. “It’s never acceptable, regardless of a child’s age or
disability. Make sure your administrator is aware of the assault
and reminded of his or her obligation under the law to file a copy of the
assault report with the local police. At the top of the incident report you
file, write, “Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Section 10-233, I
am notifying you that I have been assaulted.” Involve your local
Association so that they can track the frequency of the problem. Call
the police if you feel you aren’t getting the help you need.

CEA Call to Action

Reminder: Time is Running Out, Make Your Voice Heard

Dear Nancy,

Legislators are presently considering shifting the costs of teacher retirement contributions from the state to cities and towns across Connecticut. This will increase local property taxes and cut local public education funding, leading to job cuts, larger class sizes, and fewer resources.

Tell your legislators not to shift state costs onto the backs of local property owners. Contact your legislators and ask them to vote NO on any state budget that will force cities and towns to raise property taxes and destroy public education.

Credit Union Members get Musical Theater Ticket Discounts!

Credit Union Members get Musical Theater Ticket Discounts!
Through our partnership with the Waterbury Palace Theater, we have a Special Ticket Offer for WCTFCU Members!  (Sure, you can bring your non-Member friends too!) 
Purchase your discounted show tickets forAnnie 4/29
Enjoy a great night out at Waterbury’s Palace Theater… at a special WCTFCU price!
Purchase tickets directly from the theater using our Promo Code CREDIT
To Purchase Tickets: Call 203-346-2000  Or  Click! @ www.palacetheaterct.org
 
Questions? Call the theater 203-346-2000
 
The Palace Theater  & Box Office:  100 East Main Street, Waterbury 

CEAGo April 17, 2017

CALL TO ACTION: TELL LEGISLATORS TO KEEP THE PROMISE

Legislators, including the Democratic Leadership in both the Senate and the House, are pushing for the approval of a scheme to shift a portion of teacher retirement costs from the state to cities and towns. This shift would impact our retirement, our jobs, our students, and the way our schools are funded.

Tell your legislators to Keep the Promise and vote NO on any state budget plan that shifts the cost of teacher retirement contributions from the state to cities and towns across Connecticut.

Click here to contact your legislators

SPEAK TO YOUR LEGISLATORS IN PERSON

Attend a County Forum and tell legislators how their ill-conceived plan to shift pension costs to cities and towns would lead to school funding cuts, hurting teachers and students.

Click here for a list of upcoming County Forums

POLITICAL INSANITY: GREENWICH GETS MORE EDUCATION FUNDING THAN NAUGATUCK

A rotten apple to legislative leaders who are making school funding plans all about politics, not what’s best for students, teachers, and public education.POLITICAL INSANITY: GREENWICH GETS MORE EDUCATION FUNDING THAN NAUGATUCK

TEACHERS’ VOICES HEARD

A shiny apple to State Board of Education members who acted on teachers’ concerns by voting to prohibit the use of state mastery test scores in evaluating teacher performance.

Read CEA’s statement

Read CT Mirror article

Read the “purpose of the state mastery test” statement


MESSAGE TO POLICYMAKERS: DON’T FOLLOW KANSAS, WISCONSIN, AND LOUISIANA

Connecticut lawmakers have introduced numerous anti-union and anti-middle class bills that are bad for Connecticut. Read why these would hurt our economy and our way of life.

Read story


NO PLANS FOR THE WEEKEND? ATTEND EDUCATOR’S WEEKEND AT MYSTIC SEAPORT

Teachers and their families (up to four people) will receive free admission to Mystic Seaport this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 2017. Don’t miss this special opportunity to explore the museum and learn more about educational programs. Staff will be on hand to discuss program offerings and answer questions. Click here for details.


ATTEND A FREE MOVIE SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

Attend a free dinner, screening, and discussion of the Academy Award-nominated documentary 13th, which explores issues of race, justice, and mass incarceration. The April 27 event is free for CEA members. Click here for information.

PLAY BALL: YARD GOATS HOST CEA TEACHER APPRECIATION DAYS

Save the dates! The Hartford Yard Goats are holding two CEA Teacher Appreciation Days this summer, with discounted tickets and fireworks after each game.

• Saturday, July 29, at 6:35 PM versus the Reading Fightin Phils

• Friday, August 11, at 7:05 PM versus the Harrisburg Senators

Look for details in an upcoming email.

SOARING THROUGH THE TREES

CEA members and their families save nearly 40 percent at The Adventure Park. Hike the woodland trails or try their aerial ropes courses and zip lines. To take advantage of your CEA discount at The Adventure Park in Bridgeport, click here. For the Storrs park, visit https://storrsadventurepark.com/cea2017/.

April Rep Council Notes

Submitted by Nancy Sasso Janis

Naugatuck Teachers League Meeting Tuesday, Apr. 4, 2017

President’s Report – George spoke of New Haven County Forum/Legislative Agenda

Forums are held on Thursdays with 4:15 registration, making it hard for elementary teachers to make it in time. New Haven county is held at Cascades in New Haven. Encourage your legislators to vote no on the state passing along our pensions to the local districts; call or email them personally.

Staff surveys did not make it to all school psychologists. One representative wished that they had been a “middle of the road” button to choose; the PDEC survey committee did not meet to make changes to the survey this year, nor has there been any other PDEC meetings.

CEA/RA will be held in Hartford in May. Charley Marenghi, George and Melissa will attend.

Officer elections – The closing date for any further nominees for officers (president, vice president, treasurer and secretary) as well as for the negotiation team, was on Friday, 4/7/17. Voting will be done by paper ballots and collected by building reps.

Corrected TRB statements have been delayed because of staff reductions at the TRB. They will be reviewing the errors made and getting them out.

Parents that did not make Parent/teacher conferences should be sent their report cards; we cannot hold the reports hostage. ROTC students can help with taking parent surveys during conference times.

There are no grievances at this time.

Keep membership updated on teachers coming and going. So far 3 teachers have left this year.

NTL website has gotten lots of updates.

Director of Security has been eliminated and a burgess is trying to reinstate the position.

We must use our “necessary and unavoidable personal day by May 15 of the school year; regular (explained) personal days may still be used.

NTL scholarship is opening for applications.

There are 8 people retiring this year so far. George will email them regarding a workshop with Melissa Massicotte about unused sick days and the like.

Some new teachers are being asked to submit written formal lesson plans on a weekly basis and it is becoming overwhelming. A new art teacher was grilled in front of her students; it was suggested that she should request another set of eyes for observations.