Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on PEAC’s Actions Regarding the Use and Purpose of Mastery Test Exam

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The Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) yesterday took a giant step forward in addressing teachers’ concerns regarding the use of state mastery exam results in teacher evaluations. PEAC defined the clear use and purpose of the state mastery exam, agreeing that it should not be used to evaluate teachers.

PEAC unanimously agreed to recommend new guidelines to the State Board of Education that specifically define how mastery test scores can and cannot be used. The new guidelines say: “The state mastery test results can be used to inform goal setting and professional learning for appropriate educators, but cannot be used as a measure of goal attainment or in the calculation of the summative rating for an educator.” Click here to read the new guidelines or visit blogcea.org.

The recommendation now goes before the State Board of Education. We are hopeful that the SBOE will adopt PEAC’s recommendation at its April 5 meeting so that we can continue to move forward to improve the educational opportunities for all public school students in Connecticut.

 

Credit Union Offers Members 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 for:
Girls Night Out The Musical  3/30
Once 4/7
Annie 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 March 20, 2017

TEACHERS SPEAK OUT TO PROTECT OUR RIGHTS

Fairfield teacher Bob Smoler told lawmakers to reject a special education bill that could jeopardize teachers’ ability to ensure safe and productive learning environments. Read the story at blogcea.org.

Hear Smoler’s comments about the importance of speaking out and read his testimony.

North Haven teacher Tom Marak shared teachers’ concerns regarding new graduation requirements. Read Marak’s testimony.

CEA’S LEGAL COUNSEL TAKES ACTION TO PROTECT TEACHERS FALSELY ACCUSED OF ABUSE OR NEGLECT

Read Chris Hankins’ testimony regarding DCF unsubstantiated reports.


DID YOU ATTEND?

Nearly 200 teachers participated in CEA’s Professional Development Workshops last weekend. Visit blogcea.org for event highlights.

CARES FUND WOULD PROVIDE ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS. CEA URGES LEGISLATORS TO ADOPT IT.

Read CEA’s news release and Executive Director Mark Waxenberg’s testimony.

Read about CARES.


A shiny apple to Rep. Matt Lesser for introducing legislation to protect teachers by requiring retirement plan salespeople to disclose conflicts of interest. The bill, HB 7161, would protect teachers’ retirement dollars. Read NY Times article.


A rotten apple to anti-public education corporate reformers who want charter management organizations to operate under a veil of secrecy profiting off taxpayer dollars meant for students. Read the CEA-endorsed bill urging the state to require transparency.

Read CEA’s news release: CMOs Cheating Students and Wasting Connecticut Taxpayer Dollars.

See CMO Executive Salaries.

UPCOMING EVENTS

APR
3-20
Our Vision for the Future…Depends on All of Us

Attend a County Forum and share your concerns with legislators from your district. Join your colleagues and speak out on plans that would impact your retirement, your job, and the way your school is funded. Click here for the complete list of County Forums.


APR
1
New Teacher Conference

Don’t miss CEA’s New Teacher Conference featuring workshops just for teachers with less than 7 years of classroom experience. Register for this workshop.


MAR
APR
Planning Your Retirement: It’s Never Too Early

Learn what you need to know about your retirement. Attend a CEA Retirement Workshop and hear about retirement eligibility, how Social Security may be affected, retiree health insurance, and choosing a retirement plan. Visit cea.org for more information.

SKIERS, GET YOUR LAST HURRAH

Spring may be here, but last week’s snowstorm dumped plenty of fresh powder across the state. Check out Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort’s 20 trails in Middlefield, where CEA members get 20% off 4-hour and 8-hour ski lift tickets. Present your CEA member ID card at the time of purchase.


NEW CONTACT FOR SPECIAL DEAL AT BJ’S WHOLESALE CLUB

BJ’s has announced a new contact person for CEA members looking to take advantage of the $35 annual two-person membership (regularly priced at $50). Contact Maggie Spada at 860-857-2958 or mspada@bjs.com to set up a CEA member account.

CEA County Forums Schedule

You’re Invited: CEA County Forums Start This Month

Hear the latest education news and developments from the State Capitol

 

The 2017 Connecticut General Assembly session opened on January 4. Find out what’s new and what’s brewing in public education policy, funding, and more.

 

Attend a CEA County Forum near you

County Date/Time Location Contact
Tolland January 24
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
6:00PM Dinner
Georgina’s
299 Boston Turnpike, Bolton
$30 for buffet dinner. Contact David Jedidian: djedi26@gmail.com
Windham January 25
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Buffet
6:00PM Meeting
The Inn at Woodstock
94 Plane Hill Rd, Woodstock
Contact Deborah Crawford: deborah51667@yahoo.com
Litchfield January 26
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
Crystal Peak
164 Torrington Road, Winchester
Contact Dan Wilbur: danielwilbur@gmail.com
Fairfield January 30
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
Testo’s Restaurant
1775 Madison Ave, Bridgeport
$36 for guests. Contact Kim Patella: patellanmea@gmail.com
New London January 31
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
Filomina’s
262 Boston Post Road, Waterford
$30 for buffet. Contact Gretchen Noonan: mgngrn@sbcglobal.net
Middlesex February 1
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
6:00PM Dinner
Baci Grill
134 Berlin Road, Route 372, Cromwell
$30 for members, $35 for guests. Contact Steve Archibald: arch8neca@aol.com
New Haven February 2
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
Cascades
480 Sherman Avenue, Hamden
Dinner available during forum for $30 per person. Contact Bill Jacobs: wjacobs913@yahoo.com
Hartford February 6
4:30PM Registration
5:00PM Meeting
6:00PM Dinner
Maneeley’s
65 Rye Street, South Windsor
$20 for buffet, free for first time attendee. Contact Mark Janick: mvjanick@gmail.com

Waterbury CT Teachers Federal Credit Union Members’ Document Shred & Food Drive Event Sat.4/8

We hope you will participate in our 4th Shred Hunger! event on April 8th from 9am – noon, at both branches.
Shred Hunger! is a Free Document Shredding & Food Drive Event! So, clear out your old tax documents, contracts & financial papers and have them shredded onsite by a professional Shred It! truck. And, bring some non-perishable foods to donate to the CT Food Bank.
When: Saturday, April 8th 9am – noon
Where: Middlebury & Danbury (Danbury branch closed during event)
Bring:
Documents: up to 4 boxes/bags of paper per Member, for Professional Onsite Shredding

Non-perishable Food: 1+ food item/documents bag Non-perishables only. NO glass

Food Most Needed: (no glass containers)
* Canned vegetables & fruit
* Chunky soups & beef stew
* Tuna & other canned meat
* Gluten-free, Sugar free, low sodium, & no salt items
* Peanut butter
* Powdered milk
* Rice / dry & canned beans
* Spaghetti & sauce, Macaroni & cheese
* 100% Fruit Juice (cans/plastic bottles/boxes)

 

Waterbury CT Teachers Federal Credit Union 2017 Scholarship Program

2017 Scholarship Program

4 College Scholarships, for 2017 graduating high school seniors; students must be WCTFCU Members to apply.

*three $1,000 scholarships for graduating high school senior-members pursuing any college or university field of study

*one $2,000 Jean O’Brien Memorial Scholarship for a student with a declared education major.The O’Brien Memorial Scholarship is a 4 year scholarship that provides an additional $2,000 per year for up to 4 consecutive years of college ($8,000 total/winner)

Apply Online 24/7  It’s Easy!!

For details & to Apply click here.

Or go to wctfcu.com. Hover over the blue Resources Tab. In the green drop down menu, under Other Services, select Scholarships.
Complete the online form and upload your 3 documents:
1) Current Transcript
2) Essay What the WCTFCU Means To Me
3) Activities Resume
 
Application period ends May 15, 2017 
Eligibility & Selection of Scholarship Winners
High school seniors, who are members of the Waterbury CT Teachers Federal Credit Union are eligible. Not yet a member? Immediate family members of WCTFCU Members are eligible to join. Join now and apply for a scholarship!  
The Scholarship Committee, of the WCTFCU Board of Directors selects the winning students based upon the documents submitted. All applicants will be contacted prior to July 1st, regardless of whether or not they have won a scholarship.
Questions?   Call, click or stop-by!
Middlebury, 773 Straits Turnpike  203-758-9500
Danbury, 110 Federal Road  203-791-1117
T 800-992-2226       wctfcu.com

JOIN IN: National Call In Day

Student learning conditions are educator working conditions. That’s why it’s so important that educators have the right to advocate for better working conditions.

President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court Judge Gorsuch has consistently sided against workers. And that is just one reason why we are urging Senators to vote against his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Join workers around the country for a national call in day – call your senators right now! Click here to get started.

A Court with Neil Gorsuch could be disastrous for public school students and educators, and for workers around the country.

By joining with educators and other working people around the country, you can send a strong message to your senators that protecting workers must be a top priority.

We can’t trust Neil Gorsuch to protect our rights. Make sure your senators hear from you today that Gorsuch is wrong for students, wrong for educators, wrong for workers, and wrong for the Supreme Court.

It just takes 2 minutes for you to call, and all our calls together can make the difference. Get all the info you need at this link.

– Lily

Lily Eskelsen García
President
National Education Association

PS – Can’t make a call today? Call tomorrow! Or the next day! Your senators need to hear from you all the way up through the first hearing on March 20, and through the vote. So call any time you can.

Students’ rights are at stake

Act Now: Tell your senators to vote NO on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Speak Up Now!

Right now, there is a case before the Supreme Court that will decide whether schools have to support students with disabilities. It’s one of many education-related cases on the horizon.

As I’ve said before, nearly every big legal question that affects our nation’s students and educators eventually makes its way to the Supreme Court.

Hearings on President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court start in less than two weeks. And Judge Neil Gorsuch has a troubling record:
Gorsuch has repeatedly ruled against students with disabilities who seek public education.
He’s consistently sided with big business at the expense of working people.
He’s embraced views that could put workers’ rights in danger on issues like employment discrimination, worker safety, and wages and more.
Add your voice. Tell your senators to vote NO on Gorsuch.

Alice O’Brien
NEA General Counsel

CEAGo March 6, 2017

CEA ADVANCES BOLD, NEW PLAN TO FUND PUBLIC EDUCATION

Connecticut needs a predictable, sustainable, and dedicated revenue source for every public school in the state. That’s the message CEA delivered to the legislature’s Education Committee along with a new plan that does just that. Read CEA release.

Read CT News Junkie story

Watch Mark Waxenberg’s testimony


KUDOS TO TEACHERS: NEW POLL RANKS CT EDUCATION AMONG THE BEST

No surprise to teachers that a Connecticut education is among the top in the country. U.S. News & World Report ranks Connecticut 4th in how well students are educated.

Read the report and see where Connecticut ranks in other areas


CEA CALLS FOR OVERSIGHT AND TRANSPARENCY OF CHARTER MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATIONS

CEA called on the legislature to ensure that charter schools run by charter management organizations are transparent in their financial decisions and in their policy decisions that result in excessive expulsion rates and practices that push lower-performing students out of their schools. Read CEA’s testimony.


A shiny apple to Westport Public Schools alumnus Justin Paul, who, after winning an Oscar for Best Original Song in the movie La La Land, praised his Westport teachers and his public school education. Watch his acceptance speech.

A rotten apple to Sen. Art Linares of Westbrook, who at last week’s Education Committee hearing implied that teacher retirement is too high and takes funds away from students.

A rotten apple President Donald Trump who used his first live television address to a joint session of Congress to praise Betsy DeVos and their plan to push school vouchers. Read Ed Week and New York Times articles.

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.

SAVE $$ AT THE BUSHNELL

A dozen new shows, from Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol to Broadway hits and the legendary Tony Bennett. Click here for details on CEA member discounts.


SPECIAL DEAL AT 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).