- Registration for the Member Appreciation BBQ
- How you earn Double & Triple ScoreCard Points on your Platinum Visa
- How to Refinance & Consolidate Student Debt & Save!
- Our new Share Certificates Terms & new Rates (CD’s)!
- Great rate Auto Loans & Car Buying Tools
who have registered online for the BBQ dinner may purchase an 8/9 All-day Ride & Waterpark Pass directly from Quassy at the park, for $15.50 on 8/9. Non-Member Guests? When Members register online for the BBQ, they must register the number of non-Member BBQ guests (so we order enough food) who will be with them. Registered non-Member guests must pay for their $18 BBQ dinner ticket, at the WCTFCU tent 8/9 at Quassy, after which they may purchase an All-day Ride & Waterpark Pass
directly from Quassy for $15.50.
WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER
Thanks to our combined efforts—your activism and CEA leadership—Connecticut legislators struck down a plan that would have threatened public education and teachers’ pensions. But our work is not over, and the threat is still there as legislators try to develop a budget plan in special session this summer.
STAY CONNECTED THIS SUMMER
We know this is your time to relax, recharge, and be with family, but legislators are not taking a break from presenting plans that could hurt our students, our schools, and our profession. Visit cea.org and make sure your home email address is current so that you don’t miss out on timely information you need.
BE READY TO TAKE ACTION
Legislative leaders are meeting behind closed doors, scrambling to come up with a new budget, and whatever they decide will impact us. If the outcome is negative, we won’t have much time to fight it.
A shiny apple to State Rep. Matthew Lesser for spearheading a bill that passed the legislature requiring all 403(b) retirement plan providers to disclose fees and compensation to teachers.
SUMMER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
This year’s CEA Summer Leadership Conference will be held July 31 – August 2, 2017, at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center. Each Local Association may send up to eight free attendees this year.
New this year: One-Day Conference Option: Wednesday, August 2. Please view the Summer Leadership Brochure to see your training and overnight accommodation options prior to registering.
PLAY GOLF WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES AND SUPPORT STUDENTS IN NEED
You can make a difference in a child’s life just by playing golf in the Connecticut Education Foundation’s 23rd annual Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament to benefit The Children’s Fund (CEF). It will be held at the Glastonbury Hills Country Club on Monday, July 17, 2017.
MAKE A SPLASH THIS SUMMER
Save on admission to Quassy Amusement Park and Lake Compounce with your CEA member discount. Visit cea.org/mb for details.
A WHALE OF A TIME
Save $5 on admission (up to four people) at Mystic Aquarium when you show your CEA membership card.
All photos by Nancy Sasso Janis (armed with my press pass and not afraid to use it)
The legislative session ended last week without a new state budget, prompting a special session this summer to address the issue. We expect to face some fights in the coming weeks, as legislators negotiate budget plans behind closed doors, not giving us an open dialogue regarding proposals. That means we won’t have a lot of time to react and take action.
We need to be ready to fight back against any proposals that attack teachers, disregard the needs of our students, or ignore the resources our public schools require.
The state should not balance the budget on the backs of students, teachers, and communities. But some legislators’ schemes involve shifting the cost of teacher retirement to cities and towns, increasing teacher contributions to our pensions, and other harmful proposals. These proposals mean less money for our schools, higher contributions from teachers, and higher property taxes.
From teacher pensions to cuts in education funding, we know politicians have all of us in their crosshairs. We must be vigilant to ensure that legislators don’t try to pass a budget that would negatively impact us.
I know that school will be out within days and that you are looking forward to some well-deserved time off. But I encourage you to stay connected to each other, to your local Association, and to CEA.
Please be ready to take action immediately when we reach out to you so that collectively we can urge legislators to put the needs of public education ahead of politics.
When we reach out to you, please be sure to read our emails and take a stand by making a phone call, sending an email, or meeting with your legislators. I need you—and every one of our colleagues—to stand up for our students and our profession.
There is truly too much at risk to do nothing or to rely on someone else to do it for you.
President – George Macary
Vice-President – Mary Johnson
Treasurer – Jenn Barbarito
Secretary – Maria Ryan
NHS: Cheryl Campbell and Deb Rutigliao
Grade 6-8 Teachers: Cathy Lungarini and Thomas Tousignant
Pre K – Grade 5: Cathy Lungarini, Sofia Karistinos-Solomon, Karen Schiaroli, Erica Ladrigan
Special Services: Tracy Theroux and Armand Maniccia
Grades 6 – 12 At Large: Michele Russell