CEAGo News July 5, 2017

LATEST PROPOSALS HURT TEACHERS

The new fiscal year has started without a state budget. Legislators are trying to piece together a budget, and the latest proposal would increase your contribution to your teacher retirement plan.

Read CEA President Sheila Cohen’s reaction to the proposed plan.

shiny apple to state legislators who continue to oppose any cost shift of the teacher retirement plan that would hurt our schools and increase our property taxes.

BE READY TO TAKE ACTION

As we have seen, anything can happen, and any issue—from cost shifts to increased teacher retirement contributions—can be brought forward in a short time. We must be vigilant and ready to fight back against any attacks on teachers. Be ready to pick up the phone and call your legislators. Tell them we need a budget that works for all of us and invests in our public schools.


rotten apple to legislators who are trying to balance the state budget on the backs of students and teachers.

OCTOBER 14 – SAVE THE DATE
CONNECTICUT TEACHERS GRADUATE SCHOOL FAIR

9am – noon
Wesleyan University

Join Connecticut universities and colleges to explore their graduate programs and learn more about the new professional certification requirements with representatives from the state, AFT-CT, and CEA. Hosted by AFT-CT, CEA, CSDE, and Wesleyan University, this event is free for Connecticut teachers.

Register for free event.


SLC VENDOR FAIR

More than a dozen CEA/NEA Member Benefits Partners, including several new ones, will showcase their products and services at the Summer Leadership Conference July 31-August 2, at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center. Hear how they can help you save money on everything from vacations to insurance. The Member Benefits Partners are offering some great raffle prizes too, including

  • A 7-day stay at a Mayan resort in Mexico from NEA Vacations and NEA Click and Save
  • $200 VISA gift card from CarePatrol (new CEAMB partner)
  • $100 gift card from USI Insurance
  • BOSE SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth Speaker from Buyer’s Edge
  • Free eye exam and single vision glasses from Optical Academy (new CEAMB partner)
  • $50 gift card from NEAMB
  • $50 gift card from California Casualty
  • Two tickets to Les Miserables from the Bushnell
  • Four admission passes, four movie passes, and a swag bag from the Connecticut Science Center
  • Two admission passes from Mystic Aquarium

  PLAY GOLF WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES AND SUPPORT STUDENTS IN NEED

You can make a difference in a child’s life just by playing golf in the Connecticut Education Foundation’s 23rd annual Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament to benefit The Children’s Fund (CEF). It will be held at the Glastonbury Hills Country Club on Monday, July 17, 2017.

Read the Golf Tournament brochure here.

GET YOUR THRILLS FOR LESS

Quassy Amusement Park now offers discounts for CEA members and their guests. Save more than $5 per ticket! Details at cea.org/mb.


WORKING ON THAT BEACH BODY?

CEA members receive one week free membership and 50% off the enrollment fee at Healthtrax Fitness. Details at cea.org/mb.


DOWNWARD DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

CEA members now save up to 38% at Sacred Rivers Yoga in East Hartford. Drop-in rates for CEA members, $10 (regularly $16). A 10-class package is $100 (regularly $139). Show your CEA membership card to receive your discount.

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.