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

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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.


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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.


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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.

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.