CEAGo February 20, 2017

CEA TV AD CRITICIZES GOVERNOR’S PLAN TO CREATE WINNERS AND LOSERS

A new CEA TV ad featuring CEA members and Connecticut students hit the airwaves this week, highlighting the need for the state to invest in all public schools, not divide schools, parents, and communities into clear winners and losers. Read CEA release.

Read story: Teachers union slams Malloy plan to cut aid to better-off schools

Listen to Mark Waxenberg discuss CEA’s TV ad and other education issues with Brad Davis on WDRC Radio


WILL BETSY DEVOS DESTROY PUBLIC EDUCATION?

Here’s what you should know about the new U.S. Secretary of Education. Read article.

Listen to CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Reform Don Williams on WNPR Where We Live discussing the future of education under Betsy DeVos


A shiny apple to Senator Toni Boucher for meeting with CEA local presidents in New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton to discuss teacher priorities including education funding, pensions, teacher evaluation, and charter school transparency. Read story.

A rotten apple to Governor Malloy for proposing millions of new dollars for charter schools while cutting funds for special education and neighborhood public schools across the state. Read CT Mirror article.


MEET WITH YOUR LEGISLATORS

CEA is hosting at-home meetings with legislative leaders in your district. Contact Chris Donovan to set up a meeting in your local.

SPEAK OUT ON THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET PLAN

From teacher pensions to underfunding education, let your voice be heard at two upcoming hearings at the Legislative Office Building.

Tuesday, Feb. 21, Room 2C, 4 p.m.
Appropriations Committee public hearing on the budget

Contact CEA legislative coordinator Susan Williams for more information and assistance testifying before the committee or submitting written remarks.


DENIED ONCE. ANTI-UNION FORCES TRY AGAIN WITH FRIEDRICHS 2.0

A new lawsuit has been filed by eight teachers in California challenging union dues. This case is nearly identical to the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association Supreme Court case that ended in a tie vote last year. Read why the Yohn v. California Teachers Association case could impact all of us.


DO GIRLS REALLY THINK BOYS ARE SMARTER?

Stereotypes are alive and well with girls as young as six believing that boys are more “brilliant.” Not only that, they think women aren’t smart. Read what parents and teachers can do to change that.


EDUCATION NEWS IN ONE PLACE

Don’t have time to search for education news? Stay up-to-date on the news that affects your students and your profession. Visit CTEdwatch.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

MARCH
18
Professional Development Workshops

Attend one of three exciting professional development workshops CEA is providing to members free of charge on March 18. Register for a workshop.


APRIL
1
New Teacher Conference

Know your rights in and out of the classroom. Attend CEA’s New Teacher Conference for teachers with less than 7 years of classroom experience. Register for this workshop.

BJ’S WHOLESALE CLUB

CEA members save even more at BJ’s. Click here for details on how to receive a $35 annual two-person membership (regularly priced at $50).


POWDER RIDGE MOUNTAIN PARK & RESORT

Powder Ridge in Middlefield offers 10% off 4-hour and 8-hour ski lift tickets for CEA members. Present your CEA member ID card at the time of purchase.

Author: Nancy Sasso Janis

Nancy Sasso Janis currently is a first grade teacher at Andrew Avenue Elementary School. She has been teaching first grade and kindergarten in the district for thirty years.