The state’s fiscal crisis is getting worse. Connecticut’s income tax receipts are nearly $500 million lower than expected, raising the state budget deficit to $4.9 billion.
Where will that money come from? Education and teacher retirement funds?
We can’t let that happen.
We need you to attend the Keep Your Promise Rally on Thursday, May 18, at 5 p.m. and let your voice be heard.
Our message to the governor and state lawmakers is Keep Your Promise: Fund Our Retirement. Fund Public Education.
Get on a free CEA bus to the Rally at the State Capitol. Join your colleagues and speak out to protect our pensions, our students, and our future.
KEEP YOUR PROMISE RALLY:
TELL LEGISLATORS TO OPPOSE COST SHIFTS
CEA members must stand up and speak out against plans to shift teacher retirement costs from the state onto cities and towns. Attend the Keep Your Promise Rally on May 18.
Let your voice be heard! Tell legislators to Keep their Promise to teachers.
A shiny apple to three state legislators who stood with us and spoke out against the cost shift plan.
• Hear what Sen. Beth Bye, Rep. Derek Slap, and Rep. Joseph Verrengia said at the news conference.
COALITION CALLS FOR FAIR FUNDING
CEA has formed a coalition of diverse education and town associations to oppose the cost shift plan that would increase property taxes and cut needed town services for Connecticut residents, whose property tax rates are already among the highest in the country.
• Read the news release
• Watch the video
A rotten apple to Sen. Bob Duff for proposing to divert public school funding to corporate-style charter schools. Read the stories here and here.
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE: PENSION ISSUES FOR EARLY CAREER TEACHERS
You may be years away from retirement, but it’s never too early to start planning. This workshop provides an overview of the Connecticut Teachers’ Retirement System with a particular emphasis on issues of interest to teachers in the early phase of their career (less than 15 years of service), although all CEA members are welcome. Register for one of these free workshops.
||DePaolo Middle School
||Lyman Memorial High School
||Fairfield Warde High School
PLAY BALL: YARD GOATS HOST CEA TEACHER APPRECIATION DAYS
Tickets are now available for CEA Teacher Appreciation Days, hosted by the Hartford Yard Goats. CEA members get discounted admission for games on Saturday, July 29, and Friday, August 11. Stay for free fireworks after each game. Go to www.cea.org/yardgoats and enter user ID CEA2017 and password yardgoats2017.
CEA MEMBERS GET FIRST CHANCE AT PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera is coming to Connecticut this fall—and you have first choice of tickets. Thanks to our partnership with the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CEA members can purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. Use presale code CARLOTTA atwww.palacetheaterct.org/phantom anytime May 1-12. Tickets go on sale to the general public on May 15