CEAGo News August 6, 2017

WITHOUT A BUDGET, GOVERNOR PLANS TO STRIP FUNDING FROM SCHOOLS

Without a state budget, the governor plans to strip state aid from some schools and give it to others, leaving the majority of public schools in deeper financial trouble.

Legislators Need to Hear from You! Call your legislators today and tell them:

  1. No teacher retirement cost shift
  2. No increase in teacher contributions to their state retirement fund
  3. No cuts to ECS funding

YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Thank you. Thousands of you have contacted your legislators, and they have told us your letters, emails, and calls are making a difference. We need to keep the pressure on lawmakers as they continue working on a budget. Continue reaching out to them before they vote on the budget.

EVERYTHING IS ON THE TABLE

That’s what legislative leaders are saying. Read the story.

Tell your legislators to vote against any attacks on students, teachers, and public education and to respect teachers’ contributions to Connecticut’s children and the future of our state.

shiny apple to teachers at CEA’s Summer Leadership Conference who wrote to their state legislators telling them to vote against a teacher retirement cost shift, against increases to teachers’ retirement contributions, and against cuts to ECS. Nearly 400 postcards were delivered to legislators.

shiny apple to all the Democrats in the state legislature. Every Democrat—both in the House and in the Senate—voted to approve the $1.5 billion state employee concession package, taking a key first step toward a new state budget.

rotten apple to all the Republicans in the state legislature. Every Republican—both in the House and in the Senate—voted to reject the $1.5 billion in concessions from state employees, because it does not eliminate collective bargaining rights for workers.

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

TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY AT THE YARD GOATS

Our next Yard Goats baseball CEA Teacher Appreciation Day is coming up on Friday, August 11. Get your discounted tickets while they last at cea.org/mb.

Check out pictures from the last event.

SAVE $$ ON YOUR NEXT PURCHASE

Get bargain-basement prices on your biggest buys, from appliances to TVs, at Buyer’s Edge, Inc. Details at cea.org/mb.

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.