Special Budget Edition of CEAGo

GOVERNOR’S BUDGET PLAN CREATES WINNERS AND LOSERS

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

In his budget address today, Governor Malloy outlined a plan that threatens our public education system and creates clear winners and losers in every community across the state.

CEA stands firmly against this scheme to divide our schools.

Watch CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg on CT-N urging legislators to put children before politics.

Watch Mark Waxenberg’s interview with FOX 61.

Read how the governor’s budget plans would impact our pensions and healthcare fund. Read CEA’s reaction. Read CT Mirror Article.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT 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

Wednesday, Feb. 22 (tentative date)
Education Committee public hearing

Contact CEA legislative coordinator Susan Williams for more information and assistance testifying before the committee or submitting written remarks.
A shiny apple to the millions of teachers across the country and right here in Connecticut who called and emailed their senators, urging them to vote against Betsy DeVos.

A rotten apple to those Senate Republicans who put party allegiance ahead of concerns from thousands of their constituents urging them to vote against Betsy DeVos because she is bad for students and public education. Read the latest.

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.

JOIN THE TAG TEAM – TEACHER ADVOCATE GRASSROOTS TEAM

Everything legislators do impacts us, and we need to be ready to stand up and fight for our students and our profession. Become a TAG team member and jump into action to educate legislators on key issues. Read more or contact Gus Melita to join your colleagues in this important endeavor.

CEA Member Benefits – CT Attractions


Did you know that CEA members get discounts on all of these attractions?

DISCOUNTS AND TRAVEL

DISCOUNTS TO VARIOUS ATTRACTIONS, SHOPPING STORES, FITNESS GYMS AND TRAVEL SERVICES

Adventure Parks


Adventure Park, Bridgeport

CEA members and their families save nearly 40%!


Adventure Park, Storrs

CEA members and their families save nearly 40%!

Fitness


Healthtrax

CEA members receive one week free and 50% off the enrollment fee with their CEA card. Locations around CT and Western MA.

Museums


American Clock and Watch Museum, Bristol

Show CEA card to receive buy one, get one free regular admission for $6.


Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

15% discount off membership for educators.


Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University, Hamden

Free admission.


Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

Main House Tours only $12 (normally $19) for CEA members. Show your membership card at the ticket desk.


Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury

CEA members receive $10 off an annual individual membership (normally $40).


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Apply in person and show CEA card for $30 off membership at Supporter Level (reg. $75) or Contributor Level (reg. $110).


Mystic Aquarium

CEA members receive $5 off general admission tickets up to four (4) people, when valid CEA membership ID card is shown at the time of the visit to the admissions staff. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Members can also save up to $10 off the purchase of a new membership to Mystic Aquarium. Show your CEA membership card and receive $10 off a Family, Grandparent, or Circle membership and $5 off an Individual or Couple membership.


Mystic Seaport

CEA members get complimentary “anytime passes” when researching a field trip to Mystic Seaport. To reserve your free pass, contact Education Staff (sarah.cahill@mysticseaport.org or rebecca.shea@mysticseaport.org) prior to your visit. Members are also invited to a free, annual Teacher Appreciation Weekend at Mystic Seaport (this year’s event is April 22-23, 2017). All teachers and their families (up to four people total with teacher ID) will receive free Mystic Seaport admission. Learn more at www.mysticseaport.org/learn/k-12-programs/educators-weekend.


New Britain Industrial Museum

Free admission.


Pequot Museum, Mashantucket

$2 off admission with CEA membership card.


The Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford

Free admission.


The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford

$10 discount off regular membership rates for educators with Select Individual and Household Membership Levels.

Ski Areas


Killington Resort – Killington, VT

Pico Mountain – Killington, VT

Use promo code: CTEDU17 to save on 1-day and multi-day tickets. (Certain restrictons may apply).

Theaters


The Bushnell, Hartford

CEA members get 10 to 20 percent off many performances at The Bushnell, plus reduced per-ticket fees. To see upcoming shows with special CEA member pricing, go to https://bushnell.org/content/online-group-program and enter the password HORACE (case sensitive). To book tickets using your discount, call 860.987.5959 or 860.987.6096 and identify yourself as a CEA member.

Travel


Alamo Car Rental

Take advantage of the savings on car rentals from Alamo that are part of your benefits as an NEA member. And, at most locations, you can also enjoy no daily mileage limits, no charge for a second driver and coupons for even more savings!

Always use your NEA member discount ID: 613575.


Hertz Car Rental

Save up to 25% every time you rent with Hertz! Log in to take advantage of your NEA member discount and make sure to reference the discount CDP #: 50655 when you reserve your rental. Combine it with a Special Hertz offer to save even MORE!


Roncari Express Valet Parking

CEA members receive the deepest discount—27% off airport parking—for any length of stay at Roncari, the closest valet parking service to Bradley International Airport. Go online and register as a StarCard member. At your first in-person visit to Roncari, identify yourself as a CEA member, and your profile will be updated to offer an automatic discount every time you park. Questions? Call Kelly Bouchard at 860.627.8201, ext. 114, or email kelly@roncari.com.

 

CEAGo dated Feb. 6, 2017


BUDGET PLAN PUTS TEACHER PENSION, HEALTHCARE FUND, AND SCHOOL FUNDING IN THE CROSSHAIRS

The Governor’s budget address is Wed., Feb. 8, but he has already outlined budget plans that impact our pensions and healthcare fund. Read CEA’s reaction. Read CT Mirror Article

SPECIAL BUDGET EDITION OF CEAGO ON WEDNESDAY

CEA will be paying close attention to the governor’s budget plan and will keep you updated on proposals that impact our students, our schools, and our profession.

Stay tuned to cea.org and blogcea.org for updates and watch for a special CEAgo update in your email on Wednesday with all the budget highlights, video and comments from CEA leaders.

A shiny apple to these Connecticut legislators for introducing bills requested by CEA that would support students, teachers, and public education.

A rotten apple to these Connecticut legislators for introducing anti-public education and anti-union bills that would hurt students and teachers.

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.

TEACHERS KEEP UP PRESSURE AGAINST BETSY DEVOS

She is the most opposed and unqualified candidate for Secretary of Education since the department was formed more than three decades ago.
More than 1 million teachers and supporters emailed and another 50,000 called their senators, urging them to oppose DeVos.
Senators Blumethal and Murphy held news conferences with Connecticut teachers opposing DeVos. A full senate vote is expected Tuesday.

THE NEXT FRIEDRICHS-TYPE CASE IS APPROACHING

Educators dodged a bullet with last year’s Supreme Court decision in Friedrichs. But teachers and all union employees are targets of anti-union forces hell-bent on trying to destroy our individual and collective bargain rights, and our union—and if Neil Gorsuch becomes the next Supreme Court Justice—that could happen sooner than later. Read A Five Year Assault on Teachers and Unions.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

MARCH
18 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
CEA invites you to attend our free workshops

APRIL
1 NEW TEACHER CONFERENCE
Workshops and networking for early-career teachers

CEA MEMBER DEALS & DISCOUNTS

Save on tickets to Harlem Globetrotters (Feb. 18), Cirque du Soleil (March 15-19) at the XL Center in Hartford. Click here for your discount code.