PEAC ACTS ON TEACHERS’ CONCERNS REGARDING EVALUATIONS
A shiny apple to PEAC members who acted on teachers’ concerns by voting to remove state mastery test scores from teacher evaluations. The Performance Evaluation and Advisory Council made that recommendation to the State Board of Education, who will vote on the issue on April 5.
• Read CEA’s statement and what this means for teachers.
• Read the “purpose of the state mastery test” statement.
• Watch some of CEA President Sheila Cohen’s comments at the PEAC meeting.
DON’T MISS THIS…
AN ILL-CONCEIVED PLAN THAT WOULD HURT TEACHERS AND STUDENTS IS GAINING SUPPORT FROM LEGISLATORS.
The plan would shift teacher retirement pension costs to cities and towns, leading to cuts in our schools. Speak Out. Attend a CEA County Forum and tell your legislators what you think about plans to balance the budget on the backs of students and teachers.
• Read CT Mirror article
LEGISLATORS STICK IT TO STUDENTS AND TAXPAYERS
A rotten apple to legislators who don’t care about students or wasting millions of taxpayer dollars earmarked for classrooms. These legislators voted against a bill that would require charter management organizations to stop operating under a veil of secrecy and profiting off taxpayer dollars meant for students.
• See which legislators didn’t stand up for students or taxpayers.
• Read CEA’s news release: CMOs Cheating Students and Wasting Connecticut Taxpayer Dollars.
• CMO executive pay increased $100K in five years.
• Read CT News Junkie Article.
WHAT DO GORSUCH, SPECIAL EDUCATION & CCJEF HAVE IN COMMON?
They could be at the center of a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision that rejected one of Judge Gorsuch’s rulings against students with disabilities, and repudiated his reasoning in the case. The high court’s decision could impact the CCJEF appeal here in Connecticut. Read the story on blogcea.org.
||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.
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